AATA News

Sunrise Reviews Commence in Connecticut and Nebraska

Sunrise Reviews Commence in Connecticut and Nebraska

October 25, 2018 | Advocacy

The AATA is pleased to share that state agencies in Connecticut and Nebraska have approved applications to conduct studies on into the need to regulate art therapy. These comprehensive studies to determine the need and the appropriate level of regulation of a profession, commonly referred to as “sunrise reviews,” are prerequisites for the legislature to consider licensing a new profession and are now required at varying degrees in 14 states .  

Don’t Miss the Student Art Exhibit at the Miami International Airport to Welcome Conference Attendees

Don’t Miss the Student Art Exhibit at the Miami International Airport to Welcome Conference Attendees

October 10, 2018 | By Heidi Tournoux-Hanshaw

In celebration of the AATA Conference to be held October 31 to November 4 in Miami, FL, the Clinical Art Therapy Department of Miami-Dade County Public Schools will offer an art exhibit in the baggage claim area of the Miami International Airport near Carousel 15. The exhibit titled ARTWORKS: Navigating Student Success will be on display from October 23, 2018 through January 31, 2019.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2018 

In recognition of this global awareness effort, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) offers the following resources on mental health, art therapy, and the Association’s advocacy and awareness efforts.

Submission Deadline for the International Art Therapy Practice Research Conference in London is October 15

Submission Deadline for the International Art Therapy Practice Research Conference in London is October 15

October 4, 2018  

The submission deadline of October 15th is fast approaching for papers on research, practice innovation, masterclasses or workshops to the inaugural International Art Therapy Practice Research Conference to be held in London, July 11 to 13, 2019.  The AATA and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) have partnered to launch this event.  We hope this is the first of future worldwide events which will help support and grow our profession, its practice and research.  Registration will open in December 2018.

Milestone for the Profession: First Art Therapy Graduate Program Receives Accreditation and More on the Way!

Milestone for the Profession: First Art Therapy Graduate Program Receives Accreditation and More on the Way!

September 27, 2018

Congratulations to Edinboro University, the first graduate art therapy program to receive accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)!  The AATA has been working for several years to smoothly transition from approval through AATA’s Educational Programs Approval Board (EPAB) to third-party accreditation, as a key step in continued professionalization.  Thank you to everyone who helped us reach this milestone!

AATA Board of Directors Announces Updates to the Strategic Plan

AATA Board of Directors Announces Updates to the Strategic Plan

September 27, 2018 

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) undertook an organization-wide strategic planning process in 2015 from which the Board of Directors (BOD) determined core priority areas and approved 3-year key performance goals.  The AATA staff, committees, and working groups use this document to develop annual work plans.

Share Your Questions and Input for the Neuroscience and Art Therapy Plenary Session on AATA’s Online Open Forum

Share Your Questions and Input for the Neuroscience and Art Therapy Plenary Session on AATA’s Online Open Forum

September 27, 2018 | By Heidi Tournoux-Hanshaw

The Saturday Morning Plenary presenters at this year’s AATA Conference in Miami, FL invite you to provide questions and share areas of interest to help inform their presentation scheduled for Saturday, November 3, from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. by participating in a dedicated online Open Forum discussion available in MyAATA. The presentation, Building for Tomorrow: Conversations in Neuroscience, Art and Related Therapies consists of a panel of art therapy and neuroscience experts who will discuss how neuroscience informs clinical practice in art therapy and the creative arts therapies and why a “brain-based perspective” matters.

Just One Week Left to Register at the Advanced Registration Rates

Just One Week Left to Register at the Advanced Registration Rates

September 20, 2018 | By Heidi Tournoux-Hanshaw

Time is running out to get the lower registration rates for the 49th AATA Annual Conference, to be held October 31 to November 4, 2018 in Miami, FL.  If you have not yet registered, but plan on attending, be sure to register before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT) on Friday, September 28. 

Final Results of 2018 AATA Annual Election

Final Results of 2018 AATA Annual Election

September 20, 2018 

The results of the 2018 Annual Election are in! A warm congratulations to all those who were newly elected and reelected to the following positions:

Treasurer: Nadia Paredes, ATR, LMFT
Speaker, Assembly of Chapters: Elizabeth Hlavek, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Board of Directors:
– Louvenia Jackson, PhD, MFT, ATR
– Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR
– Lisa Wasserman, PsyD, ATR-BC, ATCS
Nominating Sub-Committee: Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro, PhD, ATR-BC
Honorary Life Member: Cheryl Doby-Copeland, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT

Two Weeks Left to Register at the Lower Rates: Don’t Miss Out on the Numerous Opportunities to Connect with Colleagues at Conference!

Two Weeks Left to Register at the Lower Rates: Don’t Miss Out on the Numerous Opportunities to Connect with Colleagues at Conference!

September 13, 2018 | By Heidi Tournoux-Hanshaw

Are you ready to network with art therapists from around the world?  The 49th AATA Annual Conference, to be held October 31 to November 4, 2018 in Miami, FL provides a perfect venue to meet new colleagues and explore the diversity of our profession.  The conference is an excellent way to meet and interact with the AATA national office staff, board members, and art therapists from around the world.  Conference presentations are just one way to make the conference a meaningful experience, read on for more ways to network and make the most of all the opportunities conference has to offer.