Art Therapy Today

¡Únanse a nosotros para celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana!
¡La Asociación Estadounidense de Arte Terapia (AATA) les invita a asistir a una sesión virtual bilingüe para celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Arteterapia: ¿Cómo se dice? se centrará en como los arte terapeutas pueden trabajar mejor con personas latinas y traducir la terminología de arte terapia al español. Esta sesión califica para creditos de educación continua y será presentada por Michael Galarraga, LPC, ATR-BC, CSAC, CSOTP, y moderada por la Profesora Nadia Paredes, MA, LMFT, ATR.
Únase a nosotros el jueves 13 de octubre a las 7 pm ET.

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) invites you to attend a bilingual virtual session to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Art Therapy: ¿Cómo se dice? will focus on how art therapists can better work with Latinx individuals and translating art therapy terminology into Spanish. This session will be presented by Michael Galarraga, LPC, ATR-BC, CSAC, CSOTP, and moderated by Prof. Nadia Paredes, MA, LMFT, ATR. Join us on Thursday, October 13 at 7 PM ET.

Participants will be able to earn CEU credit. The fee is $25 for members; $40 for non-members; and $15 for students.

Conference graphic AATA is developing the program for our 2022 Virtual Conference, which will consist of selected recordings from the in-person conference in Minneapolis, Nov. 9 - 13. More details to come in the following weeks! If you want to be the first to receive program and registration information, please complete this form.
By Bani Malhotra, MA, ATR-BC
"For me, a fortuitous opportunity to intern at the burn care center as a graduate student of psychology in India, first led me to first experience the interdisciplinary aspects of burn care, which I am now exploring in a systematic way through my doctoral art therapy studies at Drexel University. Burns can cause devastating injuries and affect an individual’s and their family’s overall psychosocial adjustment following a burn trauma. Through my preliminary research, I have found that despite the emerging interest in the trauma of a burn injury, the insight into psychosocial care intervention for personal, social, and cultural impact of burns is scarce."
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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Get Out The Vote! You have the chance to shape the future of AATA by voting in our election for AATA’s leaders and proposed governance changes. Already voted? Encourage your colleages to vote! 

As AATA President Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR-BC, explained during last month’s All Member Meeting, 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 should have received an email from Association Voting with the subject line "Cast Your Vote in the 2022 American Art Therapy Association Election" with instructions on how to cast your vote. For any questions, please contact

AATA members have the opportunity to display their artwork in the 2022 Member’s Art Slideshow Exhibition in Minneapolis!
The Conference Art Slideshow Exhibition will be viewable November 10-12 for about 30 minutes before the plenary sessions. It will also be available on continuous rotation on a monitor outside the ballroom throughout the conference.
Please submit images for the slideshow by October 17, 2022.
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Member Corner
“My heritage informs me of a sliver of my own identity and marginalization in society. When we talk about cultural humility in art therapy, it is important to consider an individual's identity as a whole and as parts. Using this conceptualization and applying it to my work with individuals is important and allows them to be the authors of their own narrative. I have worked with many individuals from the Latinx LGBTQIA+ community and I do my best to understand how heritage and cultural values become part of how they are processing through personal challenges in therapy.” 

⇒ Join Michael, along with Nadia Paredes, MA, LMFT, ATR, as he presents a virtual session Art Therapy: ¿Cómo se dice? on Thursday, October 13 at 7 PM ET. 
Are you attending Conference and looking to sell your creations?

The Marketplace is available to active members of the American Art Therapy Association 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! 
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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Did you know all the Volumes and Issues (1983 - 2022) of Art Therapy are available and fully accessible online to AATA Members as a benefit of membership? To access this content, log in through MyAATA and choose Professional Development >> Research >> Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Browse or keyword search the entire collection here, as well as download full articles.

Interested in exploring the most read and trending articles published in Art Therapy? Or discover the most cited articles published in Art Therapy over the past three months… or all time. Just log into MyAATA for full access to everything!
Adler University
Nov 2022
Join us for our first in-person conference since 2019 to be held Nov. 9 - 13 in Minneapolis!
Dec 2022
AATA is developing the program for our 2022 Virtual Conference, which will consist of selected recordings from the in-person conference in Minneapolis, Nov. 9 - 13. More details to come in the following weeks!
Art Therapy in the News
Caldwell University's Art Therapy Center is offering counseling art therapy services to adults in the local community through a new pilot program. Fees are based on a sliding scale, according to what clients can afford.
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The Mariners Inn provides a place for men in Detroit to seek help with homelessness and substance abuse through art therapy.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) teams across eight Cleveland Clinic campuses have come together to showcase a project that has been used as a way to provide a therapeutic activity to the healthcare workers while allowing them to express those feelings through art.
There is an absolute mountain of literature that interacting with both the natural world and art is good for our mental health, and many therapists are aware of these effects. Art therapy has been well known for years and horticultural therapy is a burgeoning field. But making these interventions more mainstream and widely available will require a whole lot more data. This new study, recently published in PLOS One, is one step on that journey towards greater scientific rigor.
“A lot of musicians here have had to deal with ableism; some venues act as if they’re doing you a favour by booking you. Neurodiverse musicians can also face some assumptions that they won’t need to be paid for their work, which is pretty strange.

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