Art Therapy Today
The conference venue, the Town and Country Resort, has told us that our “room block,” the number of rooms that we reserved for our conference at a special discounted rate, have all been reserved. In conference terms, the room block is full! The hotel is extending our room rate as a courtesy for now — but that’s not guaranteed. If you haven’t yet, please take a moment and book your room ASAP. The hotel also told us there aren’t other accommodations nearby. 

If you also need to register for AATA2023, log in here. We cannot wait to enjoy the venue with you.  

If you’re looking for a roommate, please post it in the MyAATA community in this thread.
We are excited to host Michael Fogel, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, for a Continuing Education event, Giving Unicorns Wings: Creating Ideal Treatment Conditions and Interventions for Neurodiverse Children, Adolescents, and Adults (with autism, ADHD, and learning differences). This virtual session will be held live on Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET. 

Did you know that nearly a quarter of the people who enter your treatment room in the U.S. are likely to be neurodiverse and process their experiences differently than their neurotypical counterparts? Join the AATA community for a deep dive into the experiences, needs, and clinical treatment for neurodiverse clients (with autism, ADHD, learning differences, etc.). 
Our volunteer Board Members not only play a pivotal role in planning the annual conference, but they love attending! So we asked them what makes AATA conferences so special. We’re sharing some of their answers with you.

If you haven’t already registered for AATA2023, visit the Conference website.
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 Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, Editor in Chief, Art Therapy 

In a fitting tribute to Art Therapy’s fortieth volume, the journal has been recognized with an impact factor of 1.3. Such an achievement is an important milestone in the history of the journal, which along with other measures (such as views and downloads), demonstrates that Art Therapy is recognized for producing trustworthy research, practice innovations, and theoretical contributions.

Clarviate bestows this metric on journals that meet certain benchmarks of scholarship by calculating how frequently items from a particular journal are cited over a two-year period. We benefited from their recent decision to extend impact factors to journals on their Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) – and not just the full index. However, this debut impact factor is higher than anticipated, which puts Art Therapy on par with other social science journals that are hybrid research and practice, as well as competitive with other journals closely aligned with our profession. 
We are spotlighting two articles from Art Therapy. AATA Members have free access to the Journal as part of their membership via the Professional Development section of MyAATA.

Viewpoint: The Humble Chair: Fostering Culturally Humble Collaborations, by Deanna Barton & Zachary D. Van Den Berg  

AATA has begun the hiring process for an Editor-in-Chief of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association to join January 1, 2024 as Editor-Designate and then become Editor-in-Chief on January 1, 2025, 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. 

The role of Editor is only open to AATA credentialed professional members. Interested parties are encouraged to send inquiries to with with CV and cover letter of interest.
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 all have seen the horrific images of the wildfires in Maui, a magical place where so many people have visited and others call home. The series of wildfires that broke out earlier this month caused widespread damage and killed at least 115 people, leaving 850 others missing in the town of Lāhainā.

Members of the art therapy community in Maui shared with us their harrowing stories and experiences, as well as the resilient spirit of the community. They also asked that we share these resources in hopes that you will donate directly to support their recovery efforts.
Sep 2023
During this workshop participants will learn about using Wild and Free Painting as a tool for Self-Care, as well as the Ethics of Self-Care. Join PATA on Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET. (3 CEUs)
Sep 2023
Join us for our next All Member Meeting. Plus, hear from Megan VanMeter, MA, LPC (AZ), LMHC (IN), LPC-AT/S (TX), ATR-BC, about workplace bullying.
Adler University
From the AATA Career Center

♦  Creative & Expressive Arts Therapist I- Art Therapist, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Art Therapist will conduct individual and group therapy as assigned using a C & E Arts Therapist specialty as part of the multidisciplinary team. This is an amazing opportunity to work with an award-winning hospital and enrich the lives of children each day. 

Want to post or apply for art therapy jobs? Visit AATA's Career Center, the one-stop shop to help art therapists at all levels find new opportunities! For questions about the Career Center, email
Art Therapy in the News
Source: Texas Standard
[Featuring AATA Member Wanda Montemayor]
Source: Current Publishing
[Featuring AATA Member Kristina Gmutza]
Source: Herald Bulletin
[Featuring AATA Member and president of the Indiana Art Therapy Association, Kaitlin Knapp]
 Source: Colorado Springs Business Journal

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.