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
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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!
AATA Joins the National Foster Youth Institute in Support of Mental Health Care for Foster Youth
The briefing supported NFYI’s efforts to advance legislation to increase the availability of tailored mental health care for foster youth.
Four Reasons Why Art Therapy is Effective With Older Americans
Art with older adults provides opportunities to express inner experiences in a visual and contained way.
Pause & Reevaluate: Using a Relational Approach to Find Solutions for All
Sometimes art therapists need to use conflict resolution skills to effectively address challenges within their own team.
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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