AATA News

Members, Be a Part of AATA’s Strategic Planning Process

Members, Be a Part of AATA’s Strategic Planning Process

June 3, 2021

During the member virtual meeting on May 27th, President Dr. Margaret Carlock-Russo and President-Elect Dr. Girija Kaimal laid out 5 “pillars,” or key issue areas, that AATA will focus on in the coming years, as well as goals for each pillar. But none of it will be attainable without the help of our members. Please download the full draft of the strategic plan and send us your comments at info@arttherapy.org by June 18th.

Art Therapy Programs at Marywood University and Herron School of Art and Design – IUPUI Receive Initial CAAHEP Accreditation

Art Therapy Programs at Marywood University and Herron School of Art and Design – IUPUI Receive Initial CAAHEP Accreditation

June 3, 2021

AATA is pleased to announce that two art therapy master’s programs received initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) this spring. The CAAHEP Board approved the accreditation recommendation by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) for the art therapy graduate programs at both Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Herron School of Art and Design – IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana in May 2021.

New Book “Awakening to Nature’s Beauty” Supports AATA

New Book “Awakening to Nature’s Beauty” Supports AATA

June 3, 2021

Awakening to Nature’s Beauty: 10 New England Meditations for the Wandering Spirit, created by Jennifer Ingham, MSC and Moriah M. Mylod MAAT, ATR, RYT offers readers of all ages an immersive and visual experience through vibrant descriptions of East Coast locations and a way to connect and calm your mind during this period of continued uncertainty. The American Art Therapy Association is proud to collaborate on this creative initiative and thanks Jennifer and Moriah for sharing this contribution, with 100% of the profits going to the AATA!

2021 Call for Applications and Nominations

2021 Call for Applications and Nominations

May 24, 2021 

Every year AATA recognizes 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. Read on and find more information on MyAATA for opportunities in the following categories: Multicultural, Honors, Research, and Governmental Affairs. All applications are due on June 15, 2021.

Antiracist and Anti-Oppressive Publishing Practices in Art Therapy Journal

Antiracist and Anti-Oppressive Publishing Practices in Art Therapy Journal

May 20, 2021 | Art Therapy Journal Editor, Associate Editors, and Advisory Board

As part of the American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA) broader Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association is incorporating a range of antiracist and anti-oppressive publishing practices. We began by intentionally recruiting reviewers who hold various identities – racial, cultural, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, disability, and others. We are always looking for new reviewers to join our ad-hoc pool so that people can be ready to join the full review board.

Moments of Connection in Art Therapy with My Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Clients

Moments of Connection in Art Therapy with My Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Clients

May 17, 2021 | Miki Goerdt

As May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, I have been reflecting on my work with AANHPI clients. I am an East Asian immigrant, a Japanese art therapist, and a clinical social worker. I am sharing several stories from sessions with my AANHPI clients, hoping that they give you some understanding of AANHPI clients’ lived experiences. 

Nancy Schoebel Distinguished Legislative Service Award: Call for 2021 Nominations

Nancy Schoebel Distinguished Legislative Service Award: Call for 2021 Nominations

May 6, 2021 I Elizabeth Hlavek

The American Art Therapy Association has opened the call for nominations for the Nancy Schoebel Distinguished Legislative Award. Nancy Schoebel was an inspiring art therapist and a vigorous advocate of art therapy at the local and national levels who made enduring contributions to the field through her advocacy work. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2021. Please learn more about the selection criteria and nominate your colleague directly on MyAATA.

From Art Therapists to Advocates: Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in Tennessee

From Art Therapists to Advocates: Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in Tennessee

May 6, 2021 | Paige Scheinberg & Catherine Harris

“We did it, y’all! We passed the Senate and the House… and, now, the Governor has signed our bill. We now have an Art Therapy License in Tennessee!!” Now, we’re here to support YOU! Whether you have just started with advocacy and legislative efforts in your own state or you have been at it for a while, we hope some of our experiences and lessons learned along the way will help energize and inspire you to keep doing the incredible work you’re doing.

2021 Conference Update

2021 Conference Update

May 6, 2021

Thank you to all who submitted a conference proposal this year. All authors will be notified of the program decisions by May 21st. We continue to monitor the status of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the restrictions for holding in-person meetings at our conference location in San Diego. We appreciate everyone who participated in the recent survey about their plans to attend. As always, the safety and well-being of our members, conference attendees and volunteers is our primary concern and focus. We are planning to decide about the in-person event before we open early bird registration on July 1, so that all attendees will know what type of event they are registering for. As we have communicated before, regardless of whether we are able to hold an in-person conference, we do plan to also offer a virtual conference.