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Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator, and patient advocate. Drawing from his experiences as a lifelong patient of Gaucher Disease, he helps patients, students, and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Ted’s decades-long project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars” chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through accidents and health crises. Ted will be speaking on Saturday, November 12, at 9 a.m., the fourth day of conference.
We all know the three-digit number to call if you or someone else needs help due to an injury or an immediate danger. But until now, it wasn’t clear who we should call if an emergency isn't physical. On July 16, the national 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline was launched, making it easier to access mental health crisis services. Those experiencing any mental health distress can simply call or text 9-8-8 to connect with a trained crisis worker providing free and confidential support. The hotline offers help 24/7, 7 days a week, and has a network of over 200 state and local call centers.
CAAHEP has awarded initial accreditation to the Art Therapy master’s programs at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, NY, effective July 15, 2022.
If I could offer advice to someone pursuing a career in art therapy, it would be to invest in your own mental health and wellness. Hurt people, hurt others, and healed people are most equipped to accompany others on their own healing journeys.
Art Therapy in the News
[West Liberty, WV] $25,000 Award Advances Art Therapy Graduate Education (Featuing AATA Member Dr. Susan Ridley and Terri Giller)
West Liberty University
“We are grateful for this funding, as it will encourage our undergraduate creative arts therapy students to pursue a master’s degree and serve to address the financial and accessibility barriers that might hold them back otherwise,” said Instructor Terri Giller, a teacher in the Creative Arts Therapy program. “Our hope is to really fill that gap between community need for mental health care and available, qualified clinicians.”
The non-profit organization Embracing Arlington Arts is proud to release its revised a one-stop library database of 100 study links providing evidence of the health benefits of the arts for every community sector and providing the scientific evidence.
Artlighten LLC, 27 Siemon Company Dr., offers art therapy in addition to traditional talk therapy and counseling for children, pre-teens, teens and adults. Owner Genna Riggi, MAAT, LPC, ATR-BC, CLAT, told Voices, “We are unique in that we have five board-certified, licensed art therapists.”
In a Q&A session with Egyptian-American Art Therapist, Farida Ihab, we explore misconceptions surrounding art therapy, the process behind it, and her work in Egypt. With a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from York University in Toronto, Canada, and a MA in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute in New York, Ihab relocated to Cairo and has been working as an art therapist for six years.
We Are The Mighty
Only approximately 53% of soldiers suffering from PTSD and depression seek treatment. This is likely because they are afraid of the consequences mental health treatment will have on their job and also the stigma from their peers.
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