Art Therapy Today
Black History Month is an opportunity to elevate the mental health movement within the black community, creating space for healing and building community trust in the possibilities of developing therapeutic relationships. 

AATA is firmly committed to raising awareness about racial bias, and issues of access and equity in mental health care. Black History Month also enables us to celebrate contemporary leaders and researchers that are shaping the field today and honor the Black art therapy pioneers who helped establish the profession.

As art therapists, it's an opportuntunity to learn more about what it takes to form trusting relationships with Black individuals and communities. Please join us in this commitment by taking the time to familiarize yourself with the voices of our members on the front lines of this work.
On Feb. 25, at 12 p.m. ET, AATA will be hosting a live, virtual session, “Black History Continues – The Future of the Field,” with four art therapy students as they present and discuss black art therapist visionary architects who have inspired them. The session will be facilitated by Louvenia Jackson, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC.
Everyone is welcome, and attendees will receive 1.5 Continuing Education Hours. Register today!
We also want to recognize the stories and experiences shared by many of our members who identify as Black. Their courage to share their own points of view is empowering to us all, as it helps us understand racial trauma in the Black community and develop cultural humility. We hope you’ll read these posts:

⇒ Natasha Green, MA, ATR, shares how “art therapy can be a more welcoming, less threatening approach.” As a BIPOC art therapist, "showing up as my authentic self by incorporating cultural references, terminology, and my artwork into my practice allows my BIPOC clients to feel safe enough to also show up with what is true to them and their culture."

Naarah Macklin, MS, LMHC, explores the role of hair in Black identity and beyond in Unraveling the Misconceptions of Hair.

Deanna Barton, MA, ATR-BC and Zachary D. Van Den Berg, MA, ATR-P, LPC-Associate, explain how information (re)sharing of Black voices, stories, and histories enables the next generation of art therapists to collaborate with art therapy’s founders and pioneers.

Louvenia Jackson, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, and Tamela Blalock, in their 2021 virtual continuing education presentation, On the DEI Journey with Cultural Humility in the Art Therapy Profession spotlight the structural racism rooted in our nation’s history, and the importance of practicing cultural humility and self-reflection.
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Tuesdai Johnson, MS, ATR, LPC-R, discusses how race, diversity, and social justice are the foundations of the work she does as a Black art therapist:
“Navigating such spaces my entire life has shown me many variations of grays in a very black and white society. This has allowed me to truly hear, see, and validate my clients’ and/or mentees’ lived experiences.”
Rhonda Johnson, ATR-BC, LPAT, began a private practice as a pivot, and serves clients from three-years old to young adults. 

"I am a Black art therapist. Simply showing up as part of a treatment team, or being available for my Black, Latinx, Asian, queer, white, and other clients is an act of social justice. That said, I'm no social justice expert. I am challenging myself to be open, to listen, to keep learning."
One month of access remaining!  If you registered for the AATA Virtual Conferences in 2022, you can access sessions that you did not attend during the live stream via the on-demand library by Mar. 18, 2023. Click here to access your 2022 Virtual Conference sessions. If you need assistance, please email Jake Berry at 
AATA conference organizers invite you to share your expertise or begin a discussion that advances the art therapy profession. Join us in San Diego, CA, October 25-29, 2023, as a conference presenter. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 12, 2023. You don’t have to be a member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) to submit a proposal or present at the Annual Conference.

We will also need volunteers to serve as Program Reviewers. Are you an AATA Member with
an ATR-BC? We need voices that represent our membership and profession. Reviewers are
essential in determining the sessions offered at our annual conference. Interested in participating? Just email Terri Cochran in the AATA National Office at Thank you to those who have already volunteered!
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Art Therapy in the News
Featuring AATA President Girija Kaimal and AATA President-Elect Nadia Paredes 

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