Art Therapy Today
We are excited to invite you to submit a proposal to present at the American Art Therapy Association’s 54th Annual Conference to be held at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, CA, October 25-29, 2023! 

The theme Creativity, Curiosity, Compassion will frame the overall program. Proposals must be submitted online by March 12, 2023. By submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to present in person in San Diego, CA, if your proposal is accepted. 

Update about New York’s Insurance Reimbursement for Mental Health Bill

Licensed Creative Arts Therapists in New York were, in a last-minute amendment to the legislation, stricken from bill A1171A, which required blanked reimbursement from private insurance companies for a range of allied mental health professions. This came after NY art therapists and representation from AATA’s National Office were assured by Gov. Hochul’s staff that there was no indication that LCATs would be removed in response to concerns raised following LCATs’ removal from similar legislation regarding Medicare/Medicaid earlier last year. The New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA) is taking steps to ensure that, in the coming legislative calendar, legislation is introduced to remedy this setback and ensure that access to art therapy is supported as much as possible in the state. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a policy change that makes all veterans, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the VA system, eligible for emergency care at any facility to combat “acute suicidal crisis” beginning January 17. This is a major paradigm shift that will dramatically expand access to emergency care, including up to 30 days of inpatient care and up to 90 days of follow up outpatient care for all veterans in crisis.

In 2020, approximately 17 veterans per day died by suicide and approximately 5,000 per month are hospitalized in acute psychiatric hospitals. The VA hopes that this new policy will help veterans seek critical mental health care.
By Shereen Bar-or Becerra, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC

"Unprocessed trauma leads to rage. What we do with that raw emotion is what matters. For me, I had to acknowledge The Over-compensator in order to turn my rage into my superpower. I learned to see myself differently and help others to do the same through art therapy. In Iran, their rage has evolved into a revolution. For my fellow diaspora Iranians, I recognize my role within my art therapy career and this movement is to hold space for the decades of trauma to help push this movement forward."
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
From December 1-15, 2022, AATA's National Office hosted a Membership Renewal Raffle. Any member who renewed their national membership with AATA during this time period was automatically entered to win one of the following items: Blue Homepod Mini (1 winner), AirPods 3rd Generation (1 winner), Airpods 2nd Generation (2 winners), $25 Apple Gift Card (3 winners).

Thanks so much to all who entered our Membership Renewal Raffle. Your support makes our community strong! Congratulations to our seven lucky winners: Kathryn Battles Schmidlen, Susan Cook, Cara Janczunski, Stephanie Koszarek, Salina Loriaux, Christina Mango, and Kelly Murphy.
As I get older, I feel more invigorated to share my knowledge and to learn more. I am currently in my 82nd year, and I think that my activity and passion keeps me young!

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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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Check out these open access resources from Volume 39, Issue 4, of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

⇒ The Effect of Mandala Coloring on State Anxiety: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (Open Access)
by Siri Jakobsson Støre & Niklas Jakobsson

⇒ Art Therapy Impact on Aging Adults’ Quality of Life: Leisure and Learning
by Eileen Misluk & Haley Rush

As always, AATA Members can access current, previous, and archived AATA Journal Issues by logging into MyAATA and visiting the Professional Development section.
Oct 2023
Join us for AATA's Annual Conference, Oct. 25 - 29, 2023, in San Diego, Ca!
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