AATA News

Nominating Committee Presents the 2018 Candidate Slate

Nominating Committee Presents the 2018 Candidate Slate

July 12, 2018  | by Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, CSAC, Nominating Committee Chair

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 election slate for leadership positions for the American Art Therapy Association. The AATA Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee extend their collective gratitude to the individuals represented on this year’s ballot for their willingness to serve the Association. In support of AATA’s mission and critical strategic priorities, the Board and the Nominating Committee remain committed to increasing diverse representation across all volunteer positions. All individuals nominated for a volunteer position have been asked to run for this election.

New Hampshire Governor Sununu Signs Art Therapy Title Protection Bill into Law

July 5, 2018

Today, Governor Chris Sununu’s office announced that Senate Bill 535 is among 70 bills the Governor has signed into law. SB 535 provides title and practice protection, authorizing persons holding a master’s or doctoral degree in art therapy to practice professional art therapy in New Hampshire. Effective July 1, 2018, persons who do not hold master’s or doctoral degrees in art therapy are prohibited from using the titles “professional art therapist” and “art therapist,” in addition to any other words, letters, or abbreviations that may indicate or imply that they are professional art therapists.

Ohio House Committee Supports House Bill 557 Art Therapy Licensure and Regulation

Ohio House Committee Supports House Bill 557 Art Therapy Licensure and Regulation

July 5, 2018 | by Molly Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, BATA President

On June 6th, HB 557 passed with overwhelming support from the Ohio House Health Committee!  The legislature is now in summer recess, but we are looking forward to the House vote in the Fall Session.  This process continues to be a group effort, and we want to take the time to thank all who are involved. 

Research Committee’s Call for Proposal for the Research Roundtable

Research Committee’s Call for Proposal for the Research Roundtable

July 5, 2018

Description: The Research Roundtable provides a forum for student, junior, and accomplished researchers to present their research proposals and projects in various phases of completion to an audience of peers, colleagues, and experts. The purpose of the Research Roundtable is to create a dynamic environment that is mutually beneficial to researchers and audience.

Message from the AATA Board Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Initiative

June 28, 2018

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) are core to the American Art Therapy Association’s vision that the services of licensed, culturally proficient art therapists are available to all individuals, families, and communities.  The success of our mission is dependent on DE&I, as we work with members on advocacy, education, networking opportunities, research, and all we do to move the profession forward.  Everyone benefits when we allow diversity to influence our approaches, ensure our work results in equitable outcomes, and are inclusive of everyone that can advance AATA’s purpose.

Don’t Miss these Opportunities to Support Your Art Therapy Research

Don’t Miss these Opportunities to Support Your Art Therapy Research

June 21, 2018 

Furthering research in art therapy is crucial to the continued growth and a priority of the Association’s Strategic Plan.  The AATA works to support our researchers and future researchers by offering a variety of funding opportunities to reward excellence and promote further access to important research in the field.  Whether your research project is still an idea unexplored or you are ready to be recognized for your contributions to the field, there is a research award or grant opportunity for you!  The Research Committee is accepting applications for research awards and the new Research Seed Grants through June 29th.

Have a Summer Reading List? AATA Members Get 30% Discount on Routledge Books

June 21, 2018 

AATA members interested in adding classic and recent art therapy literature to their summer reading can now get a 30% discount and free global shipping on all titles through Routledge. Login to MyAATA to retrieve your discount code and browse a selection of new and recent books curated just for AATA members.
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Renovations at the National Office

June 21, 2018

Dear Members and Public: The National Office will be undergoing renovations to its physical location from the end of June through July. The Staff expects business to proceed as normal during this time, though we will notify you of any changes to our status. We thank you for your patience during this transition. 

The AATA’s Statement on the Traumatic Impact of Separating Children from Parents and Caregivers

June 20, 2018

The AATA wishes to respond to the deleterious and traumatic effects that separating children from their parents and caregivers can have on their well-being. Of great concern is the appalling separation of children from their parents as a result of the Trump Administration’s enforcement of the “zero tolerance” policy for families crossing the US-Mexican Border (June, 2018).  Even as the separation practice is halted, steps need to be taken to re-unify the children with their families, ameliorate the trauma that has already been inflicted, and prevent future trauma.