Art Therapy Today
During Pride month, a month of celebration, this presentation highlights information and ways in which art therapists and other mental health professionals can reassess and realign their stance when working with the LGBTQIA+ population and continue to be advocates and create allyship. There will be an opportunity to discuss clients and engage in art making, as well as highlight the use of art and art considerations as tools for allyship and advocacy.

♦ Maru Serricchio-Joiner, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC
♦ Be Staub, MA
♦ Lucy Orozco, MA 
♦ Camille Jessie, MA  

Everyone is welcome! Attendees will receive 2.0 Continuing Education Hours.
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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By Magdalena Karlick, Ph.D-c, ATR-BC, LPCC

"In true art therapist form, to support my writing of this blog, I played with art supplies to help me connect to what I wanted to say. I made collages depicting the impact of current anti-trans legislation, the complex loss related to religious trauma, and the beauty of being authentic in spite of. The symbols in these collages that stand out to me are a half-covered window, parts of faces put together, harvested butterflies, a catapult, memorial candles, and the layers of words: embracing, legacy, contents, we are not alone, and why. When issues and perspectives are complicated, I turn towards collage and layering materials. It supports my understanding of what is hidden, what overlaps, what is centered, and what is missing."
By Carolyn Brown Treadon, Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATCS and Brian Tepper, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, AATA Conference Committee  

Roberto Lugo has been on the radar of the Conference Committee for several years—and we are thrilled that he has agreed to be a part of this year’s AATA conference! As a committee, we were particularly impressed not only with Mr. Lugo’s development from graffiti artist to potter, but his incredible work with the community as well. A distinguished academic and artist, he continues to remain focused on what brought him to the arts: His ability to connect with the community. He often brings his wheel to the streets!
Member Corner
By Ori Cruz, MPS, LCAT, AATA Nominating Committee

How can you help the American Art Therapy Association keep the profession moving forward? We need you, our members, to continue to step forward and serve on our committees and our Board. Your work in your community and in our association is key to helping our profession keep up with the changing landscape of art therapy—from education and practice, to application and advocacy—and everything in between. As nomination season begins, I want to share my thoughts on serving as an AATA Director and now as a member of the Nominating Committee. 
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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Hosted by the editorial leadership team of the AATA Journal, Publishing Ethical Case Studies is an all day advanced practice course (ET43) and hands-on writing retreat being offered at this year's AATA conference in San Diego. This course includes art making, instruction, ethics, and consultation with AATA journal editors to support participants who seek to publish their clinical knowledge as case studies. 

Early bird conference registration helps ensure the lowest rate and best selection of advanced practice courses.

Register before June 30 to save your seat in this writing workshop. See you in San Diego!
This special issue aims to examine how art therapists are responding to the devastation that climate change is having on the individuals, groups, and communities that they work with and the environment that encompasses their practice. The manuscript deadline is August 31, 2023.   
AATA has begun the hiring process for an Editor-in-Chief of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. The individual would join January 1, 2024 as Editor-Designate and then become Editor-in-Chief on January 1, 2025. Stay tuned for a full position description.
Adler University
Art Therapy in the News
[Featuring the Michigan Art Therapy Association and AATA members Sydney Tremont and Mallory Montgomery] 
Through Michigan House Bills 4513 and 4514, art therapists in Michigan are looking for title protection and licensure.

Source: Fox 2 News

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