Art Therapy Today
Join us for a Continuing Education event on August 14, 6 – 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Jenni Ford, LCPC, ATR-BC, LMHC. Identity, Art Therapy, and Working with the LGBTQIA+ Community will cover identity work, the intersection of layers of identity, and use of art therapy interventions to aid in working with clients in LGBTQIA+ populations. There will also be dedicated discussion on self-disclosure, terminology, and interventions for creative arts therapists to use.
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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As you know, browsing through the vast number of high-quality sessions at the conference can be a little daunting. To make things easier, we’ve simplified the Program Guide by subject

The AATA 2023 conference is organized into seven main subject tracks to help attendees find areas of interest. During the proposal submission process, each proposal submitter selected one category to best describe their session. AATA uses these categories for the final Program Guide. 

Art therapists in North Carolina are regrouping to advance new licensure legislation to secure the future of the art therapy profession in the state. They met with Tyler Kirby, AATA’s manager of advocacy and public affairs, to assemble informational packets for legislators and to plan out the upcoming legislative calendar. 

Advocacy is a great way to make a difference for the profession while also getting to know other art therapists in your community. If you would like to get involved in art therapy advocacy, contact your local chapter or Tyler Kirby at or (703) 548-5862. 
Member Corner
Help move the American Art Therapy Association forward by taking on a leadership role! Your active and committed leadership will help shape the future of our organization as it continues to grow. 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    

All Candidate Applications and Nomination Forms must be submitted by August 29, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Nominate an individual or yourself. For any questions either check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact   
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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We are spotlighting these pieces from the current Journal issue, but AATA members can access all Journal articles through MyAATA.

⇒ Brief Report: Ugandan Artist–American Art Therapist Collaboration With Former Unhoused Youth in Uganda by Rachel Crawford, Fred Kyakuwa & Katharine Walker

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.
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
Art Therapy in the News
Information and developments in generative AI are constantly changing. Here are three articles that provide different perspectives about the ways AI might affect art therapists and their clients:

The AATA's Art Therapy Today includes a digest of the most important news selected for the AATA from thousands of sources. Guest articles may be submitted to Publication of any guest article is at the sole discretion of the AATA. The opinions expressed and/or contents of guest articles, advertisements, and external links included in any AATA publication do not represent the positions or policies of the AATA. The AATA makes no warrenty or representation concerning the accuracy of such content.