AATA News

Call To Action: Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Call To Action: Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

July 10, 2019

One year ago, the AATA joined thousands of people and organizations across the country strongly condemning the Trump Administration’s systematically separating children from their caregivers. While Congress passed a border funding bill last week, which included health standards for both adults and children for “medical emergencies; nutrition, hygiene, and facilities; and personnel training,” many lawmakers and advocates believe that the protections aren’t strong enough.

2019 Slate & Elections

2019 Slate & Elections

July 1, 2019

The 2019 election season is here with online voting for the Annual Election commencing August 1. All voting members will receive a notice with voting instructions via e-mail. Find more information about elections and this year’s ballot, including the 2019 Candidate Slate, on MyAATA.

Enrich Your Conference Experience in Kansas City!

Enrich Your Conference Experience in Kansas City!

June 27, 2019 | Susan Boxer Kappel

Now that summer is officially here if you have not already completed your registration we invite you to do so now!  Plan to join us for the American Art Therapy Association’s 50th Annual Conference to be held October 30 to November 3, 2019 in Kansas City, MO.  Advanced registration is now open. Here are some more ways to expand and enrich your conference experience in Kansas City this year.

NY Insurance Bills Passed Senate and Assembly – on to the Governor

NY Insurance Bills Passed Senate and Assembly – on to the Governor

June 27, 2019 

Thank you to everyone who responded to our call to action. It worked! Bills to expand services of Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, including Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs), passed both the Senate and the Assembly in the final days of the Legislative Session.

Victory in Connecticut: Art Therapy License Enacted

Victory in Connecticut: Art Therapy License Enacted

June 27, 2019 

We are proud to announce that a distinct art therapy license has been enacted in Connecticut!  On June 26, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed the state budget, which included licensure for art therapists.

Join the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy (ACATE)

Join the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy (ACATE)

June 26, 2019 | By Janet Kempf

Now is your time to contribute to the profession and promote best practices for art therapy educational programs! The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) is now accepting applications to fill soon-to-be open positions on the council, including: 3 educators, 1 practitioner, and 1 public member. 

In Memoriam: Dr. Gladys Agell

In Memoriam: Dr. Gladys Agell

June 19, 2019 

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Gladys Agell, ATR-BC, HLM on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the age of 88.  Dr. Agell was the AATA’s 9th President (1983-1985) and received Honorary Life Membership in 1986 for her outstanding and pioneering contributions to the Association and the profession as a clinician, educator, researcher, and editor. 

Last Call for Honors, Research, and Government Affairs Awards

Last Call for Honors, Research, and Government Affairs Awards

June 13, 2019

The June 17 deadline is fast-approaching for applications and nominations for Honors, Research, and Government Affairs awards. Finish your applications this weekend and get them in by Monday at 5 pm Eastern Time.  Read below and find more information on MyAATA for opportunities in each category.

Call to Action: Support NY Reimbursement Bills for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists

Call to Action: Support NY Reimbursement Bills for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists

June 13, 2019 

With only one week remaining of New York’s 2019 legislative session, we are calling on our members in the state to support legislation — one for Medicaid and one for private insurance — that would expand access for New Yorkers to vital services of Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, including Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs)! Art therapists in New York State are licensed as LCATs, so this not only affects our profession but also the many diverse clients we serve.