American Art Therapy Association
Advancing art therapy as a regulated mental health profession and building a community that supports art therapists throughout their careers.
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.
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.
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.
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Black History Month
Each February, AATA celebrates Black History Month and recognizes Black art therapists who served as pioneers for the profession and our association. This month we honor the work of Cliff Joseph, Lucille Venture, Sarah McGee, Charles Anderson, and Georgette Seabrooke Powell.
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.
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
Together with our chapters and members, AATA advocates for the profession, the communities art therapists serve, and mental health care for everyone.
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.
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.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Student and professional members are encouraged to apply for research and education scholarships.
This Black History Month and year round, we honor the contributions of African-Americans to the field of art therapy and to the Association.
We are so proud to present the 2023 Member Art Exhibition. The exhibition was displayed throughout AATA2023, the in-person conference in San Diego.
- 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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