Art Therapy Today
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By Michael Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC
In response to the fire that quickly spread to several townships destroying 1,084 structures, the Naropa University graduate art therapy program with its 21-year-old Naropa Community Art Studio (NCAS) and community partners launched its first Open-Air Clay Art Studio. Fifty people from across the developmental spectrum, divided into two groups, participated in the event.
AATA is collaborating with the Artistic Fuel Foundation to support the Uvalde community in the wake of the horrific school shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Please join us for a one-night outdoor film screening of Mass to help raise funds for an art therapy program to assist community healing in Uvalde, Texas! The Ties That Bind Benefit will be held on August 27th in Leesburg, Virginia, and will feature live music, food trucks, wellness activities facilitated by local art therapists, and a panel discussion prior to the film screening. Mass explores the emotional journey of two families impacted by a school shooting and their reconciliation with one another. Tickets can be purchased here.
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 never sought out to be an advocate let alone a therapist when I started this journey 11 years ago. However, as I was healing through my art practice(s) and sharing my experiences, it was the response from my community that helped motivate me to keep going. There was, and still is, a very clear need for this work – specifically in BIPOC and LGBTQ+ spaces. I'm committed now to help meet and bring resolution to those needs. My advice? Move at an honest pace. Trust yourself, you are being guided."
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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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Share these two free access articles with your colleagues and networks from Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association (Volume 39, Issue 2)!   

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Adler University
Aug 2022
Mark Your Calendars!
Join us for our next virtual All Member Meeting on August 31st at 7 p.m. ET. AATA President Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR-BC, will be sharing upcoming recommendations regarding organization’s bylaws as part of our next steps toward creating effective leadership and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within our association. Register here to receive the link to login and join the conversation.
Art Therapy in the News
Oncology Nurse Advisor
The researchers did find that women in the art therapy intervention group had “significantly higher” ratings on the SASB self-rating scale compared with the women in the control group.
PBS NewsHour
It's one of the largest public art collections in the country, and it's not where you might expect to see it. Artwork in New York hospitals aims to heal patients and healers. (Georgette Seabrooke-Powell and her hospital murals were also discussed.)
University of Louisville magazine
The art therapy master’s program is unique – not only across UofL’s campus but across Kentucky as well. It is the only program of the discipline in the state and, founded in 1968, one of the first of its kind in the United States.
Ocracoke Observer
“As a professional art therapist, you use art as a way to just help people communicate – a medium to open people up.... So, the art isn’t necessarily beautiful. It’s a way to express what’s going on the inside of the person in a visual manner that we can then talk about and use as an opening point for conversation and discussion.”
Reasons to be Cheerful
With traffic deaths rising in the US, some cities are turning crosswalks and intersections into eye-catching murals — with life-saving results.
WSLS News 10
Happy HeARTs is set to bring therapeutic art to people with diverse abilities.

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