AATA News

New Art Therapy License Enacted in Virginia and DC Bill Approaches the Finish Line

New Art Therapy License Enacted in Virginia and DC Bill Approaches the Finish Line

April 9, 2020

Even as legislatures pivot to focus most of their energy on legislation responding to the pandemic and other critical issues like state budgets, we’ve had some victories for art therapists. Licensure throughout the DMV (DC-MD-VA) region is within reach, with a new license enacted in Virginia and a licensure bill in Washington, DC passing the Council! 

Announcing our Conference Keynote Speaker and the Opening of Early Bird Registration!

Announcing our Conference Keynote Speaker and the Opening of Early Bird Registration!

April 9, 2020 | Susan Boxer Kappel

We invite you to attend the American Art Therapy Association’s 51st Annual Conference to be held in Washington, DC, October 29 to November 1, 2020. Early bird registration is now open, and we have a lot of news to share, from our keynote speaker to new flexible child care and cancellation policies, to local announcements, so read on!

Connecting and Reassessing during Coronavirus, a Message from AATA President Dr. Carlock-Russo

Connecting and Reassessing during Coronavirus, a Message from AATA President Dr. Carlock-Russo

April 7, 2020 | Margaret Carlock-Russo

As I sit here wondering what I want to share with you about the current state of affairs in the U.S. and the world, I can’t help but think about the connectedness that has grown from this horrible situation. Like most of you, I am staying home, communicating virtually with colleagues, students, clients, family, and friends. It’s a humbling experience.

Best Practices for Using Art Supplies Hygienically during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Best Practices for Using Art Supplies Hygienically during the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 16, 2020 | Andrea Davis

As we navigate the current coronavirus pandemic, it is a good time to be mindful about art supplies and ways to prevent the spread of illness. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) describes COVID-19 as an airborne illness. Droplets in the air can be breathed in and also land on surfaces including work spaces and art supplies. Protecting clients from harm includes having clean art supplies.

Legislation Progresses Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

Legislation Progresses Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

March 12, 2020

While exciting developments in art therapy licensing legislation have continued to occur, uncertainties around COVID-19 have begun to impact legislative schedules as the public health crisis continues to unfold. Here is a quick update:

– The sunrise review proposal was approved in Nebraska
– A new licensure bill was introduced in Louisiana
– The Virginia licensure bill was presented to the Governor

AATA Statement on the Developing Coronavirus Pandemic

AATA Statement on the Developing Coronavirus Pandemic

March 12. 2020

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) shares in the concerns we are facing as a nation and a global community regarding the dynamic developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We stand with our art therapy community and people around the world, keeping everyone’s health—physical and emotional—as our number one priority.

Art Therapy Licensure Campaign Updates in Virginia, Tennessee & Nebraska

Art Therapy Licensure Campaign Updates in Virginia, Tennessee & Nebraska

February 27, 2020

Art therapy legislation is moving across the country! There are currently 11 active art therapy bills — here are updates on campaigns in Virginia, Tennessee, and Nebraska. CALL TO ACTION – If you live or work in Virginia, please urge the Governor to sign SB 713 into law!

Save the Date for the AATA’s 51st Annual Conference, Art Therapy in the Nation’s Capital: Advancing Mental Health

Save the Date for the AATA’s 51st Annual Conference, Art Therapy in the Nation’s Capital: Advancing Mental Health

February 26, 2020 | Susan Boxer Kappel

Save the Date for the AATA’s 51st Annual Conference, Art Therapy in the Nation’s Capital: Advancing Mental Health, to be held in Washington, DC, October 29 to November 1, 2020. Once again AATA will include daily and two-day registration packages to help all attendees balance their personal and professional schedules! Early Bird registration will open on Thursday, April 2nd. Stay tuned for more announcements. Remember that registering early ensures the best selection of workshops, and advanced practice courses, as well as the lowest rates possible! Learn more about this exciting location.