AATA News

Stay Safe and Healthy—and Show Pride for Your Profession with our New Masks!

Stay Safe and Healthy—and Show Pride for Your Profession with our New Masks!

October 8, 2020

At a time when our country is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis on top of a pandemic, art therapists are on the job, helping people of all ages experiencing stress, anxiety and trauma. Let’s celebrate these amazing heroes supporting mental health everyday, and show pride for the art therapy profession!

2020 Election Results are in – Thank You for Voting!

2020 Election Results are in – Thank You for Voting!

September 24, 2020 | Gioia Chilton

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 election results for leadership positions with the American Art Therapy Association. These newly-elected leaders will be installed after the annual conference and before the end of the year, more information is coming soon. Thank you to everyone who participated in these elections! 

Honoring the Life of Art Therapy Pioneer Myra Levick

Honoring the Life of Art Therapy Pioneer Myra Levick

September 24, 2020

The art therapy community mourns the loss of Myra Levick, PhD, ATR-BC, a legendary pioneer in the field of art therapy. Dr. Levick helped found the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) in 1969 and served as our first president. Dr. Levick was a powerful advocate for education, the arts, and mental health—but also a passionate leader, visionary, mentor, and friend who touched the lives of so many of us. She will be missed every day.

Art Therapy is Particularly Effective in Times of Crisis

Art Therapy is Particularly Effective in Times of Crisis

September 24, 2020

In the survey, we asked respondents: “As an art therapist, how would you describe to someone unfamiliar with the profession why art therapy is uniquely suited to support mental health during this pandemic?” The survey takers explained that art therapy is particularly effective during times of crisis, especially in coping with isolation, changes in circumstance, trauma, and grief. 

What’s Happening Outside the Virtual Learning Classroom at AATA’s 2020 Conference?

What’s Happening Outside the Virtual Learning Classroom at AATA’s 2020 Conference?

September 24, 2020 | Susan Boxer Kappel

The AATA 2020 virtual conference, Art Therapy Connected: Advancing Mental Health in a Virtual World  will provide a rich and diverse program that includes exceptional education, networking and special features that will offer attendees with opportunities to connect, explore and reinvigorate their professional careers.  Our presenters are in the process of having their sessions recorded, and we will be adding in educational program details to the agenda in early-October. In the meantime, please explore a sampling of the offerings we have planned outside the virtual classroom! We’ll have activities for personal growth and reflection, networking, community art projects, and celebrations!

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2020

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2020

September 10, 2020

As we recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, we know that the added economic stress, social isolation, loss of loved ones and myriad hardships that accompany the pandemic are causing more people to consider suicide. Suicide prevention is more important now than ever.

Virginia Governor Announced Appointments to the Advisory Board on Art Therapy

Virginia Governor Announced Appointments to the Advisory Board on Art Therapy

September 10, 2020

On August 28, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced appointments to the Advisory Board on Art Therapy — the first step to implementing the art therapy license, which took effect on July 1st, 2020. The AATA congratulates each appointee for this accomplishment and thanks them for their service to the art therapy profession. 

Statement by the American Art Therapy Association on Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Crises 

Statement by the American Art Therapy Association on Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Crises 

September 8, 2020

The American Art Therapy Association urgently calls on lawmakers to invest in community mental health services and shift response to mental health and substance-abuse emergencies from law enforcement to trained mental health professionals. These professionals can mitigate deadly and harmful incidents and reduce the number of unnecessary jail and psychiatric hospital admissions of people experiencing mental health and substance abuse crises.

Leading with Intention to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Leading with Intention to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

September 8, 2020 | Margaret Carlock-Russo

After July’s virtual member meeting, members told us they wanted to learn more about AATA’s next steps in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I)—and hear more from Gary Smith, our DE&I consultant. In response, we are excited to share with you this webinar, “Leading with Intention to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.” Gary put our conversation into this current reality, referring to the Coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented activism after George Floyd’s horrific killing. While we are defining diversity broadly, he posited in this moment, we may consider focusing on race.