Art Therapy Today
We are bringing back the in-person bookstore for AATA2023 in San Diego! The bookstore will showcase books written by AATA members. If you are an author attending AATA2023 and would like to have your book(s) included in the conference bookstore, please sign up here.

Additionally, AATA staff will be coordinating a book-signing event as part of the AATA2023 bookstore. And, we will be including member-written books in a new virtual bookstore via!
AATA’s Conference Committee is creating customizable paths of world-class educational programming. This year, we’ll have sessions in all 19 program tracks, from activism and addiction, to technology and trauma.

Get a sneak preview of the Conference Program Guide. Already, sessions are full — take a look! 

Mark Your Calendar! 
⇒ All-day Advance Practice Courses, Wednesday, Oct. 25
⇒ Core Program Days, Thursday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Oct. 28
⇒ Half-Day Advance Practice Courses, Sunday, Oct. 29
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
Help propel the American Art Therapy Association forward by stepping up and serving in one of the AATA’s many leadership positions! Your active and engaged leadership will help shape our organization as it continues to evolve. AATA is currently accepting nominations for AATA members to serve two-year terms (2024-2025) in the following positions:  
♦ President-Elect  
♦ Secretary  
♦ Director (3)  
♦ Nominating Committee  

The 2023 Call for Nominations opens August 1, 2023. On August 1st, when the form goes live, all members will receive an email with a direct link to the 2023 Nomination Form and Candidate Application. All Candidate Applications and Nomination Forms must be submitted by August 29, 2023, at 11:59PM. 

As Ori Cruz, MPS, LCAT, explained, “What does it mean to serve our members and our organization? I believe the answer is this: it is a way to give back, help guide the future of our profession and help it thrive.” 
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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The International Journal of Art Therapy's (IJAT) special issue on Intersectionality is now available. A collaboration with Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, the International Journal of Art Therapy, and the Canadian Journal of Art Therapy are publishing coinciding special issues this year to increase the academic literature on anti-oppressive art therapy practices. 
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. Manuscript deadline is August 31, 2023. 
The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) has begun the hiring process for an Editor in Chief of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association to start January 1, 2025. The Journal is a peer-reviewed, scholarly publication that has a readership comprised of educators, practitioners, and students. Its mission is to inform the readership of research, recent innovations, and critical issues related to art therapy. Stay tuned for the full position description and requirements in an upcoming issue of Art Therapy Today. Interested parties are encouraged to direct any questions to
Adler University
Aug 2023
Hosted by Jenni Ford, LCPC, ATR-BC, LMHC
This presentation will cover identity work, the interaction of layers of identity, and use of art therapy interventions to aid in working with clients in LGBTQIA+ populations.

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