AATA News

Bicameral Resolution to Designate July as BIPOC Month

Bicameral Resolution to Designate July as BIPOC Month

July 30, 2020

The AATA strongly supports the goals of this bicameral resolution to bring awareness to the disparities in the incidence of mental health-related challenges faced by black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and to encourage Congress to act to address the systemic drivers of those disparities through culturally-informed mental health services.

A Warm Welcome to AATA’s New Online Student Corner

A Warm Welcome to AATA’s New Online Student Corner

July 30, 2020

We are so pleased to be able to welcome our members to AATA’s new Student Corner, an online community forum created especially for student involvement. Students are the future of art therapy, and we look forward in being able to share in your insights and discussions about the student experience in art therapy!

Join the Multicultural Committee’s Digital Healing Quilt Project

Join the Multicultural Committee’s Digital Healing Quilt Project

July 22, 2020 | Multicultural Committee

The American Art Therapy Association’s Multicultural Committee is launching a digital art project, the Healing Quilt, for which we encourage art therapy professionals, students, local chapters, and graduate and undergraduate programs to contribute a digital copy of an artwork.

Early Bird Registration Rates are Here to Stay!

Early Bird Registration Rates are Here to Stay!

July 15, 2020 | Susan Boxer Kappel

To add more flexibility during this challenging time and based on feedback we have heard from members, we are continuing the early bird rate, and will offer the lowest registration rates all the way through to the conference dates in Washington, DC. We hope this provides more reassurance and flexibility for your planning.

Statement on ICE’s Mandate that International Students Resume In-Person Classes or Face Deportation during Coronavirus Pandemic

Statement on ICE’s Mandate that International Students Resume In-Person Classes or Face Deportation during Coronavirus Pandemic

July 10, 2020

For art therapy students, this rule is particularly harsh. Few academic institutions offer art therapy programs, so students would be challenged to find an alternative program if the school they are currently enrolled in remains online in the fall. In addition, the art therapy profession itself is needed now more than ever as the mental health ramifications of the Coronavirus pandemic continue to grow—and our country faces a dire shortage of mental health care providers. Furthermore, the United States has long been a pioneer in the field of art therapy. Our art therapy programs educate and train over two thousand art therapists annually, many of whom go on to become mental health care providers and advocates in other countries. 

It’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color Mental Health Month

It’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color Mental Health Month

July2, 2020

July is known as Minority Mental Health Month and, more recently, people have been using the more inclusive term, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month. As Mental Health America puts it, “The continued use of ‘minority or marginalized’ sets up BIPOC communities in terms of their quantity instead of their quality and removes their personhood…The word ‘minority’ also emphasizes the power differential between ‘majority’ and ‘minority’ groups and can make BIPOC feel as though ‘minority’ is synonymous with inferiority.”

A Newly Revised and More Flexible Conference Refund Policy is Now in Place

A Newly Revised and More Flexible Conference Refund Policy is Now in Place

July 2, 2020 | Susan Boxer Kappel

During these challenging times of Coronavirus, we understand the apprehension about making plans to attend a conference which may require air travel and a hotel stay—and is still four months away. As previously communicated, in response to the feedback we are receiving from our members, we are developing plans to ensure that everyone will have an opportunity to participate in the AATA 2020 Conference in some shape or form, be it in person or virtually.

Art Therapy Licensure is Official Law in Washington, DC

Art Therapy Licensure is Official Law in Washington, DC

July 2, 2020

The AATA is thrilled to announce that licensure of art therapists in the District of Columbia is now official law! The art therapy licensure legislation passed congressional review, the final step of the legislative process, and was assigned Law Number L23-0115 on June 24, 2020. With the Virginia license recently enacted in May of 2020, art therapy licensure is now the law throughout the entire DMV (District – Maryland – Virginia) area.  

First Licensure Applications Approved in New Jersey as Authority Transfers Boards

First Licensure Applications Approved in New Jersey as Authority Transfers Boards

June 18, 2020

During the final meeting of the Art Therapy Advisory Committee on June 16th the first set of licensure applications (approx. 15-20) were approved! However, after a four-year journey of implementing the art therapy license enacted in 2016, the way forward in the application process is once again uncertain as authority to process applications transitions from the current Advisory Committee of the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners to a new State Board of Creative Arts Therapies, effective June 19, 2020.