Art Therapy Today
Join us for AATA's All Member Meeting TONIGHT, October 20 at 7pm ET. We will be discussing the in-person and virtual conferences, credentialing updates, and much more!
Have you booked your hotel room for the Annual Conference?
Our discounted room block expires Oct. 27th!
Reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis (1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN) today!
As mental health professionals, art therapists are closely connected with the needs of the clients and communities they serve. Election Day is an opportunity to be a champion for them — and an advocate for mental health and the art therapy profession. Lawmakers at every level have an impact on the mental health care in your community.

We hope this nonpartisan Voter Guide will help you engage candidates running for office — and your community — about making mental health a priority! It also offers important information about voting rights, where to vote, and how to get help. Vote on or before November 8th — and please share this Voter Guide with your networks.
As you know, art therapists must have at least a Master’s degree for entry level practice, which means many practitioners continue to grapple with student loan debt for years, even decades, into their careers.

This week, President Joe Biden announced the formal launch of the federal student loan forgiveness program. Borrowers may now submit their applications for loan forgiveness – up to $10,000 for federal loan holders and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients — to the Department of Education. It takes less than five minutes to complete (without setting up a login and password) and asks for the applicant’s full name, Social Security number, date of birth, phone number and an email address. Borrowers have until December 31, 2023, to submit an application.

To qualify, borrowers must have an annual income of under $125,000 for individuals or under $250,000 for married couples in either 2020 or 2021. New loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2022, don’t qualify.

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
Only 20 days to go before we meet in Minneapolis for our first in-person conference since 2019. Needless to say, we're excited! It's been a few years since we’ve done this in-person, so here’s a checklist to help you get to the conference...

√ Are you registered? If not, register here
√ Celebrating at the Opening and Closing ceremonies? These two events require a separate registration and ticket, so make sure you get yours before it is too late. Add Celebration Ceremonies to your registration here
√ Have you booked your hotel room using the AATA Hotel Block? Reserve your hotel room here
√ Got artwork to display? Complete a submission form here
√ Ready to showcase your creations at the conference? Reserve a table in the Marketplace here

Contact with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!
Are you an International Student or International Professional member of AATA? Did you grow up or currently live outside of the United States? Is a primary part of your practice or research internationally-focused?

There are three new ways to connect!

1. The International Shared Interest Group on the MyAATA Member Community. Join today by visiting the Member Community or logging into your MyAATA account and visiting the Member Community section. Use the search function to find “Shared Interest Group: International” and click on the blue “Join” button.

2. Join AATA members in celebrating the launch of the International Shared Interest Group! Virtually “meet” your international colleagues and participate in a discussion about potential upcoming projects during these two sessions (to ensure that members in any time zone can join):
     ⇒ Friday, October 28, 2022 at 7pm ET
     ⇒ Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 9am ET (Register here

3. Meet in person during our conference in Minneapolis on Nov. 11 at 7:30am! This is a special meeting for those living and working in other countries, international students in the US, or anyone interested in international art therapy. 

The International Shared Interest Group will be led by AATA members Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT, Marie Julie Deschamps, MA, and Bani Malhotra, MA, ATR-BC.

AATA's Institute for Continuing Education has a wide variety of CEU-eligible courses at a discount for our members. We're having a members-only sale on our Self-Study 2021 courses, where you can register for four courses and get one free! (Be sure to add all 5 courses in your cart to receive the discount at checkout.)
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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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These two articles from Volume 39, Issue 3 are available online with free access until December 31, 2022:

• Special Interest Connection Framework: Integrating Pop Culture Into Art Therapy With Autistic Individuals, by Jessica Woolhiser Stallings, DAT, ATR-BC, LMHP, LMHC
Modified Bridge Drawings With a SUD Population in a Residential Setting, Michael J. Hanes, MAT, LPC, ATR-BC and Julio Rojas, PhD, LADC

Please take a look and share with your colleagues!
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. Stay tuned!
Art Therapy in the News
Featuring AATA President Elect Nadia Fernanda Paredes Guapo

The AATA's Art Therapy Today includes a digest of the most important news selected for the AATA from thousands of sources. Guest articles may be submitted to Publication of any guest article is at the sole discretion of the AATA. The opinions expressed and/or contents of guest articles, advertisements, and external links included in any AATA publication do not represent the positions or policies of the AATA. The AATA makes no warrenty or representation concerning the accuracy of such content.