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2020 Call for Applications and Nominations

2020 Call for Applications and Nominations

February 13, 2020

The American Art Therapy Association celebrates individual members who are making an impact in our profession and community.  Every year we recognize members who are elevating the field, and we support the next generation of art therapists who will transform the profession. This is your opportunity to honor colleagues and recognize the unsung heroes and visionaries of the field or take the next step in your career by applying for a scholarship.

Missed the first Virtual Conference? Now’s your chance, join us in February!

Missed the first Virtual Conference? Now’s your chance, join us in February!

February 13, 2020 

If you weren’t able to join us for our first Virtual Conference in December, we’d love to have you join us for an encore presentation of the event on Saturday, February 29, 2020! It’s a great opportunity to learn something new, build connections with fellow attendees, and earn continuing education clock hours—all from the comfort of home.

New Spiritual Art Therapy Research Scholarship: Meet Dr. Horovitz

New Spiritual Art Therapy Research Scholarship: Meet Dr. Horovitz

February 13, 2020 | Ellen Horovitz

My intention for this scholarship is to aid a promising practitioner or student in his/her/their pursuit of expanding the field of Spiritual Art Therapy as it relates to mind/body practices. Spiritual Art Therapy has expanded broadly since my 1994 publication and is now in its 3rd edition. Because my current work now incorporates my training as a certified yoga therapist, applications for this award might incorporate somatics as it relates to therapy and mind/body centering.

Blog Series: Breaking the Chains of Racial Trauma in Therapy

Blog Series: Breaking the Chains of Racial Trauma in Therapy

February 13, 2020 | Gwendolyn Short

In recognition of Black History Month, it’s my pleasure to introduce this blog series building on the topics covered during the “Breaking the Chains of Racial Trauma” plenary panel I moderated at AATA’s 50th conference in Kansas City in November of 2019! If you were in attendance, this is an excellent opportunity to revisit the content, and I’m honored to present it to others for the first time.

Unpacking the So-Called Art Therapist Character in “Parasite”

Unpacking the So-Called Art Therapist Character in “Parasite”

February 12, 2020

“Parasite” made history during the 2020 Oscars, winning four awards and becoming the first non-English-language film to win best picture, the Academy’s highest honor. This acclaimed playful yet dark satire thriller takes a microscope to two families on opposite ends of the social class spectrum in urban South Korea. Their paths become intertwined when Kim Ki-woo begins tutoring English to the daughter of the wealthy Park family.

Art Therapy Legislation on the Move in Washington, DC and Virginia

Art Therapy Legislation on the Move in Washington, DC and Virginia

January 30, 2020

This week committees in the Council of the District of Columbia and Virginia General Assembly passed art therapy licensure legislation. On January 29th the DC Committee on Health voted B23-0250 – Professional Art Therapist Licensure Amendment Act of 2019 out of committee. The legislation now moves on to the full Council.

Promoting Awareness for Art Therapy with Faber-Castell® USA

Promoting Awareness for Art Therapy with Faber-Castell® USA

January 30, 2020

Faber-Castell® USA is collaborating with the AATA to spread awareness for art therapy. “We believe in creativity for life, from childhood through adulthood, and share in the American Art Therapy Association’s commitment to expand access to mental health through art-making,” their webpage states.

Undergraduate Call for Posters for AATA 2020 Conference

Undergraduate Call for Posters for AATA 2020 Conference

January 29, 2020

The AATA Education and Conference Committee are pleased to announce the Call for Undergraduate Student Poster sessions for the 2020 Conference to be held October 29 to November 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Undergraduate students are invited to submit poster proposals to present their scholarly and creative work in their study of art therapy.