Art Therapy Today
The new deadline to submit a proposal to present at the American Art Therapy Association’s 53rd Annual Conference is Sunday, April 10th, 11:59pm EST. Many of you shared that you need a little more time to submit, and in the spirit of inclusivity, we are pleased to extend the deadline for proposal submissions!
The No Surprises Act is in effect, but what does that mean for your private practice? Join us May 3rd at 8:00 PM EST as Sigrid Haines, partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP, explains what this new law means for the art therapy community.
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.

Ron Hunt, DDS, MS, Chair, Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE)

CAAHEP has awarded initial accreditation to the Art Therapy master’s programs at Naropa University in Boulder, CO and Adler Graduate School in Minnetonka, MN, effective March 18, 2022.

M.A. Counseling Art Therapy Specialization
Caldwell University
The first CACREP accredited program of this type in the nation. The program fulfills educational requirements in both art therapy and mental health counseling.
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Member Corner
Birth stories contain the full range of human experiences: resilience, trauma, persistence, triumph, creativity, confusion, grief, connection, and more. I’m becoming an art therapist to more deeply understand and utilize art as a way to work through and transform trauma, disconnection, and distress during the childbearing years.
Master of Science in Art Therapy
Mount Mary College®
Develop a sophisticated professional identity as an artist-therapist through Mount Mary University’s Master of Science in Art Therapy program. This approved program is grounded in a profound belief in the healing power of the arts and creative process. Students implement theory and practice in a wide range of clinical contexts.
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Adler University
Apr 2022
This first event, Art Therapy? What’s that, and who gets to be one?, will present about the field and general educational information targeted to a middle and high school audience.
Nov 2022
We invite you to join us November 9-13, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota! We know that you have missed seeing your art therapy colleagues in person, and we have missed seeing all of you too. While AATA will continue to offer virtual conference options in 2022, we hope that you will re-join us in person in Minneapolis next year!
Art Therapy in the News
Columbia Star

The Big Red Barn Retreat has announced The Women’s Club of Columbia has granted the organization $3,000 to assist with its 2022 Create MORE Art Therapy group led by Mary How, MA, ATR-BC, a board-certified art therapist and co-facilitated by Peter Hulme.The funds from this grant will go directly to supporting the program and its efforts to teach effective stress and emotional management for Veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders.
PR Newswire

Friday Health Plans, a Colorado-based Affordable Care Act health insurance company, recently awarded the Superior Chamber of Commerce $20,000 to develop an art therapy program for individuals affected by the Boulder County fires.

Kristen Pell, who grew up in Solebury Township in Bucks County, is the Family Services Director for A Haven, an Exton-based nonprofit that provides grief counseling and support for young children and teens.

RxART has been breathing life into antiseptic medical spaces since 2000, when founder and former gallerist Diane Brown needed a CAT scan and found herself anxious and daydreaming of paintings covering the walls to soothe her nerves.

Singapore’s Allied Health Professions Act currently covers the registration of qualified allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, and the setting of standards for training, conduct, ethics and practice of these professionals. Currently, the Act does not include art therapists.
Spectrum News 1

“We see people’s symptoms improve, we see reductions in anxiety and obsessive thinking," Halligan said. "We teach them tools. So we teach mental health tools along with the art. Sometimes when you see things in a visual way it clicks. All of a sudden you’re like oh okay I can manage my moods by using art.”
The Emporia Gazette

Laura Cherry, Ph.D, ATR is the Art Specialist at Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va. She has taught art therapy, art education, studio art, and art history courses at the university level. She is an authority on multicultural anti-racist art education, cross-cultural art therapy programming with children with multiple disabilities, and art education in Title I schools.

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