AATA News

In Tribute to Don Seiden

In Tribute to Don Seiden

September 16, 2019

Thank you to all the friends and colleagues who submitted the below reminiscences and notes in memory of Don Seiden. Special thanks goes out to Dan Anthon and Mary Andrus who coordinated and organized this article and to Randy Vick for writing the introduction with details of Don’s life.

Join Us for Hill Day 2019 with the National Council for Behavioral Health

Join Us for Hill Day 2019 with the National Council for Behavioral Health

September 5, 2019 

The American Art Therapy Association is partnering with the National Council for Behavioral Health for their Hill Day in Washington, D.C. to advocate for improved federal behavioral health policy. Hone your advocacy skills during the training day Tuesday, September 17th and then let’s head to the Capitol on Wednesday, September 18th!

In Memoriam: Dr. Mildred Lachman-Chapin

In Memoriam: Dr. Mildred Lachman-Chapin

September 3, 2019

AATA mourns the passing of Mildred (Millie) Lachin-Chapman MEd, ATR, HLM who died on August 26, 2019 at the age of 97. Millie was an educator, clinician, internationally exhibited painter, author, and was involved with the AATA since its founding in 1969.

In Tribute to Gladys Agell

In Tribute to Gladys Agell

September 3, 2019

The art therapy community lost a champion when Gladys Agell, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Dr. Agell was the AATA’s 9th President (1983-1985) and was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 1986 in recognition for her outstanding and pioneering contributions to the Association and to the profession as a clinician, educator, researcher, and editor.

Have You Voted?

Have You Voted?

August 22, 2019

Elections will soon close. Get your vote in today! To ensure that the AATA community fully and fairly represents our members, we need broad engagement from you in the elections process. The AATA’s Board of Directors should truly represent your interests, your needs, and your clients – so make sure that your voice is heard by participating in the annual elections.

In Memoriam: Donald Seiden

In Memoriam: Donald Seiden

August 22, 2019

We are saddened to announce the passing of Don Seiden, ATR on August 8, 2019. An artist, educator, and art therapy pioneer, Don had tremendous impact on the field of art therapy. He established the art therapy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and served as the first president of the Illinois Art Therapy Association.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Learning at this Year’s AATA Conference

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Learning at this Year’s AATA Conference

August 21, 2019  | Susan Boxer Kappel

The AATA Conference Committee has been working with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force of the AATA Board of Directors to ensure that at this year’s 50th Annual Conference we provide ample learning opportunities for attendees to expand their knowledge in this important area for our profession.

A Message of Support and Call for Action in the Wake of Mass Shootings

A Message of Support and Call for Action in the Wake of Mass Shootings

August 8, 2019

Our hearts are broken for the communities of Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California, where shooters took the lives of 34 people and injured dozens more in the course of one week. In the United States, mass shootings are a public health crisis – enabled by easy-access to assault weapons and fueled by hate, racism, and bigotry.  To begin to address this epidemic, we must focus on evidence-based solutions to reform our gun laws and support the mental health needs of our communities.  We reject rhetoric from the President and others that incorrectly links mental illness with mass shootings and further stigmatizes those with mental health challenges.