American Art Therapy Association
Advancing art therapy as a regulated mental health profession and building a community that supports art therapists throughout their careers.
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy uses active art-making, the creative process, and applied psychological theory—within a psychotherapeutic relationship—to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
Find an Art Therapist
Art therapists are mental health clinicians with Master’s degrees or higher that serve clients in different settings—from medical institutions and schools, to wellness centers and independent practices.
Join Our Community
With our members, AATA has been the leading voice for art therapy for more than 50 years, advocating for the profession, supporting the next generation of art therapists, and advancing mental health for everyone.
Become a member today!
AATA’S 54th Annual Conference
Join us Oct. 25-29
in San Diego!
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Student and professional members are encouraged to apply for research and education scholarships.
Attend CEU-eligible courses on DEI, including “On the DEI Journey with Cultural Humility in the Art Therapy Profession.”
AATA Online Learning Academy
Earn Continuing Education credits by taking virtual courses taught by some of the world’s leading experts and practitioners in art therapy. Check out our updated and redesigned platform, featuring more than 420 courses, which AATA offers virtually, both live and
Job seekers can confidentially post resumes, search current job listings, and get job alerts via email—for free! Employers can post art therapy jobs and review applicant resumes all in one place.
Together with our chapters and members, AATA advocates for the profession, the communities art therapists serve, and mental health care for everyone.
Supporting Art Therapy Licensure
Achieving art therapy licensure is a core part of AATA’s mission. Find out more about how licensure helps protect the public from harm and fraud; and provides title and practice protection for art therapists.
Advancing Mental Health
AATA prioritizes mental health policies—particularly for the communities art therapists serve—and access to mental health care, partnering with other mental health, arts, and education organizations.
Becoming an Advocate
Anyone can advocate for better access to art therapy, improved mental health, the arts, and more! Join us!
Why Licensing Matters to the Future of Art Therapy as a Profession
A distinct art therapy license is needed now more than ever as upcoming changes to the counseling and other professions may soon lock art therapists out.
Coping Through Creativity: A Mom’s Story through Childhood Cancer
“Every day, Miley chooses joy, and she inspires me so much. But it’s a different experience as a mom…. My daughter was cancer-free. I was left with battle scars that no one could see.”
My Journey Exploring Medical Art Therapy for Burn Care: From Practice to Applied Research
“Burns can cause devastating injuries and affect an individual’s and their family’s overall psychosocial adjustment following a burn trauma.”
How to Become an Art Therapist
- A Master’s degree is necessary to practice art therapy.
- Coursework includes training in the creative process, psychological development, group therapy, psycho-diagnostics, research methods, and multicultural diversity competence.
- Art therapy students also must complete 600 hours of supervised clinical internship.
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