Art Therapy Today
Join AATA tonight, April 21 (7 p.m. EDT), for an All Member Meeting. We will be talking with our members about the critical need for art therapy specific licensure, now more than ever, and ways to join the charge for licensure in your state! In addition, we will share updates on new, free member programming, our 2022 annual conference, and this year’s scholarships, awards, and nominations. 
Margaret Carlock-Russo, Ed.D., LCAT(NY), ATR-BC, ATCS
Past President, American Art Therapy Association

For a long while, even before art therapists first became licensed anywhere in the US, art therapists have been debating the value of professional licensure. Many of us who have been professionals in the field for more than 10 years most likely had to pursue an alternative license such as licensed professional counselor (LPC) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) to work providing mental health counseling in most states. If you already hold a license as an art therapist, LPC, or LMFT, you may not realize or be personally affected by the changes—particularly in the counseling profession—that will very soon lock art therapists out of gaining an LPC. Similar changes are coming regarding the LMFT license as well. Whether you are personally affected or not, your attention must be on these changes for the long-term sustainability of the profession. We need to think about those in education programs now and future art therapists.

In light of recent events, AATA’s national office would like to remind all of our members that many of you will need to renew your ATCB credentials in June and that maintenance fees are due for all credential holders who are not due to renew. Please take the time to check your ATCB profile to confirm whether you need to renew and begin the process in advance. We want to ensure that you do not run into any problems with the renewal process during this stressful time. 


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

The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) is currently seeking applications and nominations for a Practitioner position that will become open July 1, 2022. 

Please consider applying or nominating an art therapy practitioner whom you believe will work to promote best practices for art therapy educational programs and help ACATE lead the upcoming revision process for the art therapy accreditation standards!


Volume 39 of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and the first issue of 2022 is now available online! AATA members can access the full text under the Professional Development tab in MyAATA.

Art Therapy seeks theories, case reports, research, and perspectives for how art therapists integrate sex-positive frameworks to support clients pursuing a satisfying sexual life.This special issue aims to disseminate theoretical paradigms, case reports, research, and perspectives that indicate how art therapists have worked with individuals, groups, agencies, institutions, and communities to incorporate sex-positivity.

The No Surprises Act went into effect on January 1, 2022. Health care providers, including art therapists, are now required by law to provide uninsured and self-pay clients a Good Faith Estimate of costs for services when they schedule care or when requested. 

So what does the No Surprises Act mean for your private practice? Join us May 3 at 8 p.m. EDT as Sigrid Haines, partner at Whiteford, Tayler & Preston LLP, explains what this new law means for the art therapy community. This session is FREE for AATA members. Non-members are welcome for a $40 registration fee. Eligible participants will receive 1.0 CEU for the session.

(And if you haven’t read it already, here’s a recent blog post about the No Surprises Act.)
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
I find great meaning in my role in supporting the well-being and quality of life of my clients, while also learning so much from them. I am grateful for that. The bonus is to be able to engage with artmaking and expressive, visual language every day.  
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
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
Cumberland Times-News

 Art has a beautiful way of manifesting emotions through various mediums, which is something pretty magical. Think about all of the various works of art you’ve seen throughout history and in your lifetime.  Paintings, drawings, sculptures, glass work, architecture, cinema, music, literature, and theater. All art pieces tell a story and express emotion.
WTXL Tallahassee 

Works of art are giving people a new perspective on the struggles people face living with mental illnesses. The Apalachee Center opened its door for a one day art gallery bringing stories of the artists behind them to life.
VAntage Point

VA medical facilities incorporate creative arts into their therapy programs to further the rehabilitation goals for both inpatients and outpatients. This annual competition recognizes the progress and recovery made through that therapy. It also raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our nation’s veterans.
Main Line Today

Weber’s abstracts are an explosion of color and pattern that echoes the tessellations of Escher. Inspiration often begins in segments of emotional chaos. Convergence comes in sweeping waves that document his emotional evolution. Weber points to one of his pieces, describing the “immediate, muted calm” that came with finishing it.
Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Traumatic brain injury has been causing dramatic impacts on humans from our earliest days; this is especially true of military personnel who have been in combat situations. Medical science has made strides in recognizing and treating the resulting conditions. The Intrepid Spirit Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, hosted the Brain Injury Awareness Month Conference the last week of March to share the latest in current research and practice.

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