Art Therapy Today
This is your opportunity to honor colleagues and recognize the unsung heroes and visionaries of the field— or take the next step in your career by applying for a scholarship!

The American Art Therapy Association invites you to part two of the four-part virtual webinar series, Journey to Art Therapy

The second session, The Journey into Graduate Training, will be held Wednesday, May 25, from 7-8 p.m. EDT. Current graduate students will give tips on how to evaluate program options and navigate the application process, and share their experiences as they move through their chosen training programs. The webinar is free and open to everyone.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! In partnership with over 1600 brands, nonprofits, cultural leaders, and government agencies, the American Art Therapy Association is proud to be a partner in the second annual Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 19, when we will encourage and empower people to take the next step for #MentalHealthAction. Go to to learn more and join our effort to shift from awareness to action on mental health!

Spring is awakening! Explore this season and all of nature's gifts through Jennifer Ingham, MSC, and Moriah M. Mylod’s MAAT, ATR, RYT, book, Awakening to Nature’s Beauty 10 New England Meditations for the Wandering Spirit. Readers of all ages are offered a way to connect and calm their mind as they are immersed in vibrant descriptions of East Coast locations.  

Order your e-book or print edition today. By supporting this book, you are supporting the art therapy movement at a time when mental health support means more than ever. (100% of all profits go to American Art Therapy Association)

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
In my own response to art, I have written many Chinese poems about myself, my family, and my responses during or after art therapy sessions. My personal art has shifted through many phrases, from using bamboo strolls, wires, paint, and magazines. As a collage artist right now, my biggest challenge for honoring my heritage is finding magazines, or collage materials that have AAPI faces.
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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Jun 2022
Please join AATA’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Tyler Kirby, to learn more about the specific problems the art therapy profession is facing and how you can get involved to help art therapists secure licensure across the country!
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!
Adler University
Art Therapy in the News
Tallahassee Magazine

Funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Art Therapy in Prisons Program targets inmates ages 17 to 22 who face educational challenges as a result of mental illness, injury, trauma, illiteracy, or physical or learning disabilities. Despite the program’s connection to the GED program, art therapy is not about grades. It’s not about becoming an artist either.

University of Colorado Cancer Center member Jennifer Raybin studied how participating in an arts program eases symptoms and improves quality of life.

Students are resilient in their personal responses when adults are authentic and honest, and explain what lies beneath behaviors. Students benefit when we have open conversations with them when the environment is calm and collaborative. And through the expression of art as a daily ritual, we can begin to create predictable and safe practices that can help students access the cortex, where learning occurs.
The Tribune-Democrat

The objective of the class was to teach veterans about how art can be used to help with stress and other mental health issues. It also provided participants a chance to socialize with others who have served in the military.

Fiore Reports

Both artists offer a range of arts services including art therapy, with a special niche for those with intellectual disabilities, lead fun art works like painting nights, and teach others.

Concordia University

Jude Ibrahim, a Concordia MA in art therapy student, is the lead behind the project, which she initiated as part of her practicum. The project provides immigrants and refugees with affirmative and culturally relevant mental-health services through the development of an art therapy internship partnership with the CAiHC, MTC and MMFA.
JWC Media

“Most of my clients are high-functioning and Type A,” says Collins. “If they’re really in their head, I might ask them to draw something for me. It helps to get them into the right side of their brain instead of the left, which is much more logical. This way, you can connect the entire brain and the entire body.”
Thanks to a donation to the UAMS Parkinson's Disease Fund, the hospital partnered with Arts Integration Services, to provide free art therapy classes to Parkinson's patients. An idea that Dhall, UAMS Department of Neurology Health Educator, thought of after she saw first-hand how it helped her father-in-law with this disease.
Westchester Magazine 

Licensed and certified art therapists work with Willow Gardens residents on a variety of customized activities designed for physical, cognitive, and social stimulation. One example is collage work. Residents assemble images and words from magazines based on how they feel that moment, something they’re nostalgic about, or anything they’re interested in lately.

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