AATA News

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

Nebraska Art Therapy Sunrise Review is Underway

Nebraska Art Therapy Sunrise Review is Underway

October 3, 2019

Congratulations to the Nebraska Art Therapy Licensure Coalition for submitting their 65-page (184 including appendices!) questionnaire to initiate the sunrise review (407 Credentialing Review) by the Department of Health and Human Services to determine the need to regulate art therapy in Nebraska!

Art Therapy Journal Special Issue Commemorating Our 50th Anniversary Now Available

Art Therapy Journal Special Issue Commemorating Our 50th Anniversary Now Available

October 3, 2019

The AATA is pleased to announce that the special issue, Art Therapy Gold: American Art Therapy Association at 50, has been mailed to members and is available online. We encourage you to read through the articles in which authors reminisce on the history and growth in the AATA’s 50 years, draw attention to overlooked pioneers in the field, and forge ahead into the future of research in art therapy.

2019 Election Results are in – Thank You for Voting!

2019 Election Results are in – Thank You for Voting!

October 3, 2019

We are pleased to announce the 2019 election results for leadership positions with the American Art Therapy Association. These newly-elected leaders will be installed at the American Art Therapy Association’s Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO. Thank you to everyone who participated in these elections!

Art Therapy Programs in Illinois and Virginia Receive Accreditation

Art Therapy Programs in Illinois and Virginia Receive Accreditation

October 3, 2019

Congratulations to the art therapy graduate programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)! On September 20th, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) approved the EVMS Master of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling and the SIUE Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling programs for initial accreditation.

50th Annual Conference: New Conference Program Highlights

50th Annual Conference: New Conference Program Highlights

September 23, 2019 | Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair

Learning Abounds! The conference offers more than 230 educational sessions that provide a rich learning environment for attendees to take away ideas, knowledge, and inspiration to apply to their current positions, practices, and professional development. The conference also provides continuing education and offers both didactic and experiential learning sessions. 

We Joined 600+ Mental Health Advocates on Capitol Hill

We Joined 600+ Mental Health Advocates on Capitol Hill

September 19, 2019

“Be strong, be loud, and be assertive for those you serve.” – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6)

This week, the AATA joined the National Council of Behavioral Health and over 600 mental health advocates for Hill Day 2019! The advocacy training was packed with strategies, tips, and inspirational moments preparing advocates for meetings with their elected officials the following day.