Art Therapy Today
Registering early for conference allows you to secure the lowest rates possible, as well as the opportunity to select your first choice of workshops and advanced practice courses! Another bonus: Early Bird registrants will receive a coupon for one AEM HI Arts watercolor paper pad ($18 value), redeemable at conference.
To celebrate our association’s members, who inspire us every day, we’re launching our very first Member-Palooza! Whether you’re new to AATA or the profession, or a long-time professional getting ready to jump back into “in-person” life, we hope that these opportunities and discounts will give you the boost you need this summer!
The American Art Therapy Association invites you to part three of the four-part virtual series, Journey to Art Therapy.

The third session, The Journey into Practice, will be held Wednesday, June 22, from 7-8 p.m. ET. Join post-graduate students and new professionals as they share their experiences of degree completion and navigating academic and interpersonal challenges along the way. They will also give tips on preparing for post-graduate professional life — from obtaining licensing/credentialing, finding work, and connecting with supervisors!
Michael Galarraga (he/him)

When talking about diversity, consider the many intersectional identities that have been marginalized over time in various organizations, professions, and communities. As art therapists, it is important to recognize how we can be more inclusive, more equitable, and more diverse in amplifying our support for LGBTQIA+ people as patients, clients, and colleagues.
This Sunday, June 19, is a celebration of freedom to be recognized by all Americans. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received word that they were free from slavery and for the first time recognized as citizens of the United States.
While many Black Americans have celebrated Juneteenth, also known as “Emancipation Day” or the “Day of Freedom,” for decades, the observance only became a national holiday in 2021. The public holiday will be commemorated on Monday, June 20, 2022. Juneteenth is also a somber reminder that there is much more work to be done for equity and equality in our nation. As mental health professionals, we see first hand the trauma that people experience as a result of racial injustice and discrimination.
We hope you will take a moment to honor Juneteenth and learn and reflect with AATA. 
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 identify as queer and pansexual, and pride month feels deeply personal and complex. While it's exciting to see pride images everywhere, I am also critical of the intention when it seems that corporations and businesses are pandering to the LGBTQ+ community during this time of the year and potentially supporting anti-queer and anti-trans legislation the rest of the year. I am all for representation and visibility and would like it to be authentic and uplifting all year round.
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
Art Therapy in the News
Fox 32
"The idea behind the mask is we have a public self and a private self. We have a way the world sees us, and then we have a way we feel on the inside. Often times veterans, when they're transitioning back into civilian life, they feel like they have to put on this tough persona, feel very patriotic, and on the inside they're really hurting because they're been through a lot of traumatic experiences," explained Clark.

Bone and her colleagues have found that older adults who go to concerts, plays, or galleries; participate in community arts groups; or pursue hobbies regularly show increased satisfaction with life and have a more positive mood plus a stronger belief in being able to achieve desired outcomes.

Detroitisit rounded up a condensed list of what’s happening in the queer art scene in Detroit this June. Mighty exuberant colors & stories to be on display.

University of Wisconsin System
Educators in Eau Claire, Milwaukee, and River Falls recognized for work to support student success.

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