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Thank you for sharing your experiences in our credentialing survey conducted December 2021-January 2022. Your personal stories and feedback are helping AATA continue to advocate for a remedy to the current credentialing crisis and frame the conversation about the future of credentialing. Please access the survey's findings and the immediate next steps AATA is pursuing based on the survey respondents' feedback.
To recap, AATA and the ATCB are entirely different organizations (as detailed in this post). However, AATA leadership have communicated member concerns to the ATCB’s leadership and will continue to do so. AATA is also in communication with the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which oversees the ATCB.
As the largest organization representing the art therapy profession, AATA will continue to do everything in our power to advocate for the best possible outcomes for our members and non-members.
The American Art Therapy Association is pleased to launch a four-part virtual webinar series entitled Journey to Art Therapy! Beginning on April 20 and running through July 13, 2022, this FREE series aims to broaden access to the practice of art therapy by sharing diverse stories of individuals' journeys into the field.
Don’t Forget! April 3 is the deadline to submit a proposal to present at the American Art Therapy Association’s 53rd Annual Conference to be held in Minneapolis, MN, November 9-13, 2022. We’re looking forward to being together in person again and your proposal will help make this an exciting and vibrant conference.
The American Art Therapy Association needs passionate members like you to join our dynamic group of volunteers to help us grow and advance the field for the next generation of art therapists!
"Working with medically fragile children has definitely shaped who I am as a therapist and a person. I have learned so much from the resiliency of my patients, all of whom understand the meaning of life more than I can at two to three times their age."
Art Therapy in the News
[Adrian, MI] Adrian Center for the Arts classes to focus on the therapeutic value of the creative process
The Daily Telegram
“What we are hoping to do with these classes at the ACA, is reach people who have had a hard time navigating these past two years,” Dangler said in the release. “Teaching the creative process in a group setting will hopefully show students that they are validated and not the only ones with sad feelings that may have arisen during the pandemic years.”
[Bloomington, IN] Fashion design students' service project, inspired by professor, benefits Riley patients (Featuring AATA member Emily Allbery)
Students in the Indiana University Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design sometimes wonder how they can give back to the community using the skills they learn in fashion school, sophomore Sofia Winski said.
[Canton, OH] 'There's only your art': Canton museum uses creativity to bond, heal, connect (Featuring AATA member Gail Wetherell-Sack)
Started in 2016, the museum's Art for Health and Healing Program went on hiatus during the pandemic before resuming in recent months.
[Baltimore, MD] Maryland's First Lady visits University of Maryland Medical Center to support art therapy program
Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan is an advocate of art therapy being used to help heal mental health.
An Art Therapist Shares Five Stress-Relief Exercises You Can Try At Home (Featuring AATA member Amanda Shaw)
You don’t have to be a professional artist in order to benefit from art therapy. Whether you are struggling with everyday stressors or more difficult mental health concerns, art therapy offers the opportunity to express your emotions in new ways.
Art therapy can reduce anxiety, depression, and pain among people with cancer, according to 2020 research.This complementary therapy offers people with cancer an expressive outlet and a source of empowerment.
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