Art Therapy Today
AATA News
  
Thank you to everyone who participated in these elections, especially those of you who ran for a leadership position in support of our association and profession. AATA is thrilled to announce our 2022 election results, as verified by the Teller's Working Group.


Bylaws Changes
In addition, we are pleased to announce that the AATA Board’s proposed changes to the Association Bylaws passed overwhelmingly. The Board believes that these are significant steps toward a more inclusive association and profession. 
  
AATA's 2022 Virtual Conference will comprise of selected recordings from the in-person conference, plus new content! This year's virtual conference will be available on a brand new, dynamic platform, including live Q&A with presenters and a chat function for attendees. We will also have interactive roundtable sessions for Shared Interest Groups and networking opportunities. All conference content, as well as additional presentations not available on Dec. 17-18, will be available on the platform for 3 months. 
  
Deborah Good, PhD, HLM, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT, LPCC

New Mexico LPATs are now eligible to apply for Medicaid reimbursement as private practitioners. In October, Erica Jacknin, LPAT, ATR-BC, became the first NM LPAT approved as a Medicaid independent provider.
This is a huge victory because, as many of you know, Medicaid approval status sets the standard for all other insurance companies. Art therapists in New Mexico have worked for 28 years to make this happen, and hope all of you will take advantage of this incredible recognition for the art therapy license.
Please join us for these special demonstrations at the Annual In-Person Conference!

•  Maggie, the Art Therapy Bus, will be available for tours and Q&A on Nov. 10. The bus was created by Lisa M. Lounsbury, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC, and her private practice, Art Lab Rx, LLC, and is a fully ADA-compliant mobile art therapy clinic.
•  Franz Spohn from Faber-Castell will be doing demos Nov. 10 - 12 during Exhibit hours. 
 BLICK Art Materials will offer demos of their "hero figures," simple wire and wood figure sculptures that pay tribute to everyday community heroes during Exhibit hours, Nov. 10 - 12.  
 
Tomer Eldor and Mathilde Scarlata, former Penn State undergraduate students

Although an hour of quiet might not seem like much of an impact, nowadays, with the continuous use of technology and the constant need for gratification in the form of texts, likes, and notifications, an hour of quietness is rare. For me, art has managed to provide that much needed silence, where the only thing that matters is me, my music, and the pencil in my hand—a moment of pure freedom and creativity. I will continually utilize what I learned from this course and use art for self expression and stress relief. 
 
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
  
 
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Featured Member: Maru Serricchio-Joiner

 "I am a Third Culture Kid (TCK)... I would like to think that I invite art therapists, as well as myself, to be curious, open, and a little skeptical about the impact social justice has on our field." 
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The AATA Multicultural Committee will be hosting its annual Quilt Project in the Open Studio during the Annual Conference. Join us in person on Friday, Nov. 11, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please reserve your space to participate in this meaningful and collaborative art-making event. Space is limited.
  
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. We hope this non-partisan Voter Guide will help you engage candidates running for office — and your community — about making mental health a priority! Please share with your networks.
 
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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JOURNAL NEWS
Check out these articles: 
•  Comparing the Graphic Performance of Students With and Without SLDs and ADHD Based on FEATS by Maryam Rajabpour Azizi, Zahra Rajabpour Azizi, Mahnaz Akhavan Tafti & Shirin Mohamadzadeh
•   Exploratory fNIRS Assessment of Differences in Activation in Virtual Reality Visual Self-Expression Including With a Fragrance Stimulus (Open Access) by Girija Kaimal, Katrina Carroll-Haskins, Yigit Topoglu, Arun Ramakrishnan, Asli Arslanbek & Hasan Ayaz 

And a Brief Report:
•  Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Art Therapy: Case Study by Patricia Marco, Rosa Redolat & Helena Maria Sáez
  
Whether you’re an aspiring author or a seasoned one, join editorial members of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association on Friday, Nov. 11, for a Shared Interest Networking Group session at the annual conference in Minneapolis! We will be answering questions about the publication process and offering advice.
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