You have the chance to shape the future of AATA beginning MONDAY, September 12, by voting in our election for AATA’s leaders and proposed governance changes.
As AATA President Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR-BC, explained during the All Member Meeting on August 31
, AATA is evolving to meet the changing needs of our members and examining all our work through a DEI lens — in order to create a more inclusive future for our association and our profession. As part of this effort, the AATA Board has proposed four changes to our association’s bylaws, which are now on the ballot for our members’ approval.
If you are an AATA voting member (Professional, Credentialed Professional, Retired Professional, New Professional, and Honorary Lifetime Members), you can cast your vote starting this Monday, September 12. An email will be sent to you directly with instructions on how to cast your vote.
Are you attending Conference and looking to showcase your creations?
The Marketplace is available to active AATA members to sell their creations such as jewelry, pottery, art, prints, sculpture, and other similar products. It’s a great way to showcase your entrepreneurial spirit! Get started today!
The Artistic Fuel Foundation collaborated with AATA to support the Uvalde community in the wake of the horrific school shooting at Robb Elementary School. On August 27, the Artistic Fuel Ties That Bind Benefit event in Leesburg, Virginia, brought over a 100 people together to join the effort to bring art therapy services to Uvalde.
I hope that art therapy's reach will continue to expand along with other therapeutic professions, and that the general public will come to understand its capacity. If I never have to hear, "oh, so, like, you color with kids?" again it will be too soon!
Check out the current issue of the Art Therapy Journal with a reminder that AATA Members have free online access through MyAATA to all Art Therapy Journal articles!
Missed a session from last year's conference?
AATA's 2021 virtual conference sessions are now available for CE self-study! If you were unable to attend the 2021 conference, you can now purchase select courses (totaling 75 CE credits) for a discounted rate. Access AATA’s Institute for Continuing Education
website to find courses. Register now and get 5 courses for the price of 4! (Be sure to add all 5 courses in your cart to receive the discount at checkout.)
The Missouri Art Therapy Association (MATA) is having a book club event for MATA members on September 17 to discuss thoughts and reactions to the Art Therapy Journal, Volume 39, Issue 2.
"And if moments during the art process when trauma or stories are triggered, people are emotionally flooded, a licensed practitioner is able to respond to that in a way that's trauma-informed and can help them get back to homeostasis so that they can live with their life," Yasmin Tucker explained.
Dept. of Veterans Affairs
With the help of a skilled art instructor, 25 pounds of ceramic clay, and an open studio, Veterans tapped into a community they had yet to discover. “These art sessions offer Veterans a chance to immerse themselves in the community and find a space where they truly feel comfortable. The first week the Veterans were timid to work with clay and now in week four they are excited to keep coming back. Their art is making an impact, that is the goal.”
National Eczema Association blog
“Any art project could help kids with eczema,” said Jessica Stumpf, a licensed art therapist in Portland, Oregon, explained, “since we use our hands to make art.” Jessica explained that for a child with eczema – especially for a child experiencing severe itch – she would customize her approach to the child’s individual needs. “Depending on a child’s tolerance for messy items, building clay or finger painting would be highly tactile and potentially soothing: a good distraction for itchy hands.”
Then our pediatrician recommended a clinic specializing in ADHD that was accepting new patients for art therapy. I texted my childhood best friend, who happens to be a psychiatrist, asking, "Is art therapy real?" and also asked our soon-to-be-ex-therapist for her blessing. Everyone thought it was a good idea to give it a try — including my art-loving daughter.
The art therapy center will be set up in the public library in Uvalde and will have an art therapist on the weekends, said Kaeley Boyle, programs director of The Artistic Fuel Foundation. Boyle said the program is for anyone in Uvalde who feels they need it. She said often after something traumatic happens people feel like they don’t deserve to get help because they feel everyone else was more affected than they were. But, Boyle said, the art therapy center is for everyone.
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