AATA News

Call to Action, New Yorkers!

Call to Action, New Yorkers!

November 14, 2019

On November 8, 2019 a bill to make mental health practitioners including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT) eligible for coverage under Medicaid in New York was finally delivered to the Governor! TAKE ACTION!! Call 1-518-474-8390 and ask Governor Cuomo to sign S3421A into law!

AATA Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Members at 50th Annual Conference

AATA Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Members at 50th Annual Conference

November 14, 2019

The American Art Therapy Association recognized recipients of annual awards and scholarships during the 50th Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO.  After a special 50th anniversary celebration with Rising Stars and Legacy Members, AATA Board President Christianne Strang, PhD, ATR-BC, CEDCAT-S, led the recognition of AATA’s Award and Scholarship winners at the Plenary Awards Ceremony on Thursday October 31, 2019.

Interview with Peter Buotte on “Invisible Wounds” Exhibit

Interview with Peter Buotte on “Invisible Wounds” Exhibit

November 12, 2019

Yesterday on Veteran’s Day, we shared a blog post by Peter Buotte, veteran, art therapist, and sculptor, on his exhibit “Invisible Wounds,” now on display in the Texas State Capitol ground floor Rotunda in Austin from November 11 to November 18, 2019. We asked Peter to answer a few questions about this exhibit and his art process! 

“Invisible Wounds” Exhibit in Texas State Capitol by Veteran and Art Therapist

“Invisible Wounds” Exhibit in Texas State Capitol by Veteran and Art Therapist

November 11, 2019 | By Peter J. Buotte

As an art therapist, I get to encounter the invisible consequences of war each day.  As an artist, this series intends to make visible the experience of today’s Wounded Warrior who was physically or mentally wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan from 2001 to the present.  In another act of courage, each service member has selected a gesture and posed as a sculpture. 

5 Building Blocks to Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in All 50 States

5 Building Blocks to Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in All 50 States

October 17, 2019 | Advocacy

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary as an association, we are seeing great momentum in our licensure effort, with a new license signed into law just last month. Over fifty years, we have reached many milestones that illustrate our mission – to advocate for expansion of access to professional art therapists and lead the nation in the advancement of art therapy as a regulated mental health and human services profession.

In Tribute to Dr. Mildred Lachman-Chapin

In Tribute to Dr. Mildred Lachman-Chapin

October 16, 2019

Mildred (Millie) Lachman-Chapin, MEd, ATR-BC, HLM, died on August 26, 2019 at the age of 97. An educator, clinician, author, and internationally-exhibited painter, Millie was involved with the AATA since its founding in 1969. Thank you to the friends and colleagues who submitted the below reflections