Art Therapy Today
This month, as we recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are honored to share a post by AATA’s National Office staff member Maricel Laquindanum, as well as mental health resources for the AAPI community. This week’s Featured Member, Makiko Harada (Young), also shares her experiences as a Tokyo-born AAPI artist and art therapist.
Maricel Laquindanum, Operations Coordinator, American Art Therapy Association

“Amplifying silenced voices in the AANHPI communities through discovery, exploration, and engagement with art therapy is a stride in itself. We can take the taboo of mental health and reconstruct our community into one that is inclusive, open, welcoming, and, above all, filled with understanding.”
Kimberly Faulkner, ATR-BC, LCAT, Chair, Nominating Sub-Committee

The American Art Therapy Association's Nominating Sub-Committee encourages you to put yourself or a respected colleague forward as a nominee for an AATA leadership position!

AATA is currently accepting nominations for members to serve two-year terms (2023-2024) in the following positions:

Speaker of Assembly (1)
Treasurer (1)
Board of Directors (3)
Nominating Sub-Committee (1)

Please submit Candidate Applications and Nomination Forms by July 3, 2022.

Please join us for an interactive session about the future of licensure in the art therapy profession on June 9 at 7 p.m. EST. Participants will learn more about the specific issues art therapists are currently facing, as well as how to get involved to help secure licensure across the country.

Upcoming changes to the LPC and other licenses will soon restrict the ability of art therapists to qualify for licensure. Regardless of whether your practice will be affected, these changes may be detrimental to the future of art therapy as a profession. Engaging in licensure advocacy efforts not only helps advance the profession, but is an exciting way to engage and build relationships with other art therapists in your community.

This session, led by Tyler Kirby, AATA’s Advocacy & Public Affairs Manager, is open to all AATA members. We hope to see you there!

We’re excited to announce that our 2021 Conference sessions are now available for Self Study! Starting today, members who were unable to attend the conference will be able to purchase and access select 2021 CEs for a discounted rate. Click here to access our Continuing Education site, and earn up to 75 CE credits from a wide variety of diverse and informative courses.
We know that you have missed seeing your art therapy colleagues in person, and we have missed seeing all of you too! Join us this fall in Minneapolis for our annual celebration of art therapy. 

 The core conference program will take place Thursday, Nov 10 through Saturday, Nov 12. Pre-Conference, All-Day Optional Advanced Practice Courses, and Ancillary Meetings, such as the Assembly of Chapters (AoC) and the Coalition of Art Therapy Educators (CATE) meetings, will be held on Wednesday, Nov 9. Post-Conference Half-Day Optional Advanced Practice Courses will be held on Sunday, Nov 13 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Early Bird Registration opens June 8, 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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The limited free access articles for Volume 39 of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association are available to read until June 20, 2022. Check them out! 

Veterans can take many paths toward improving their mental health, but for many that journey begins when they connect with a fellow veteran.This year, the VA’s annual Mental Health Month campaign, Veterans Know, recognizes this unique connection. Check it out: 
Member Corner
As a Tokyo-born art therapist, I am inspired and motivated by the hate [against Asians] to offer lectures and educate the art therapy community on what we can do about it.
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
May 2022
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. EST. 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!
Jun 2022
Celebrate the end of Mental Health Awareness Month at the closing reception of Art as Therapy: A Healing Journey with the Montana Art Therapy Association. The reception will take place on Friday, June 3, from 5-8 p.m. MT.

Imagine Butte Resource Center: Foreground Gallery
68 W Park St.
Butte, MT 59701
Art Therapy in the News
Florida State University News
Gussak is the author of “Art on Trial: Art Therapy in Capital Murder Cases” and “Art and Art Therapy with the Imprisoned: Re-Creating Identity,” among other book chapters and blogs. His newest publication, “The Frenzied Dance of Art and Violence,” examines well-known artists, multiple murderers and violent offenders and the motivations behind their creations. It also looks at how their creative endeavors may reflect, contain, resist or sublimate their violent tendencies or volatile experiences, posing and reflecting on very important questions about humanity.
The Zoe Report
A study published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association found that sharing stories about body art can be a part of the therapeutic process. “Tattoos can function as a vehicle for promoting healing and exploring self-identity,” writes Simone Alter-Muri, a board-certified art therapist, professor, and founding director of the art therapy programs at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Fosters Daily Democrat
Art heals the soul, but cancer patients who participated in the Healing Art class at Exeter Hospital say it provides other types of healing too.

Marin Independent Journal
“We have been so glad to welcome to our campus this year the faculty and students of one of only two doctoral programs in art therapy in the United States,” said Dominican president Nicola Pitchford. It is a well-respected and established program that was previously housed at Notre Dame de Namur University, and that attracts therapist-scholars from across the country and internationally.”

“Creativity and imagination are our unique strengths as a species,” shares Girija Kaimal, president of the American Art Therapy Association. Artworks often adorn our walls and sit on our mantels and shelves. They also appear on our computer and television screens. Art enhances our homes and lives as an integral component of wellness design.

Pratt “[Creative Art Therapy] internships give students the opportunity to create a holistic idea of what their career might look like by offering the opportunity to integrate knowledge of the field through observation and practice…”

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