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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 .  

Vote with Art Therapy in Mind: The AATA Guide for Election Day 2018

Vote with Art Therapy in Mind: The AATA Guide for Election Day 2018

October 25, 2018 | Advocacy

As mental health professionals, art therapists are connected with the needs of the communities they serve.  You may already be a champion for your clients in your community to ensure they get the care they need.  Similarly, Election Day is an opportunity to be a champion for your clients and for the values that are core to our profession.

Virginia Board of Health Professions Votes to Recommend Licensure for Art Therapists to the Governor and Legislature

Virginia Board of Health Professions Votes to Recommend Licensure for Art Therapists to the Governor and Legislature

By Clara Keane | August 30, 2018 | Advocacy

On August 23, 2018 the Virginia Board of Health Professions (BHP) voted to recommend licensure for art therapists in the state of Virginia.  Following years of advocacy work and a full year in the formal sunrise review process, a group of art therapists gathered to witness history unfold in the field of art therapy.  After the BHP’s Regulatory Research Committee made their final recommendations and “concluded that all criteria [for state regulation] were met,” the Committee voted unanimously to “adopt a separate license for Art Therapists to practice in Virginia.”

Chapter Projects Funded by the 2017 Government Affairs Committee Grants

Chapter Projects Funded by the 2017 Government Affairs Committee Grants

By Clara Keane | July 5, 2018 | Advocacy

Each year, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) awards grants to chapters to help support their legislative goals.  In 2017, grants were awarded to three chapters, the Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA), the Arizona Art Therapy Association (AzATA), and the Michigan Association of Art Therapy (MAAT). 

Art Therapists Make the Case for Regulation in Virginia

Art Therapists Make the Case for Regulation in Virginia

By Clara Keane | June 28, 2018 | Advocacy | Events

On the morning of June 26, 2018, fifteen art therapists gathered for an open comment hearing during a meeting of the Virginia Board of Health Professions (BHP) to speak to the need to regulate art therapy to protect the public. The PHP’s initial draft report was positive, acknowledging the potential harm to the public if art therapy remains unregulated.

Recapping Mental Health Month 2018

Recapping Mental Health Month 2018

By Clara Keane | May 31, 2018 | Children | Events

Since 1949, America has observed May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year as a nation, we double down on the fight against stigma and educate the public, support those struggling with mental illnesses, and promote policies grounded in evidence-based treatment and methods.

Arts Advocacy Day 2018: Taking a Stand for the Arts in America

Arts Advocacy Day 2018: Taking a Stand for the Arts in America

By Clara Keane | April 5, 2018 | Advocacy | Events

The AATA is a proud National Partner of Americans for the Arts’ (AftA) Arts Advocacy Day (AAD), which gathered over 650 advocates from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, who attended more than 300 meetings with legislators and staff.  AAD provides a chance each year to stand in solidarity with over 85 national arts organizations to support and defend the arts in America.

National Recognition of Art Therapy among Decision Makers

National Recognition of Art Therapy among Decision Makers

By Clara Keane | Feb. 15, 2018 | Advocacy

The AATA has seen significant increased interest in art therapy among decision makers across various levels of state government. Within the last year, art therapy has been represented in national events and initiatives by the National Lieutenant Governors’ Association (NLGA), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM).

Virginia Sunrise Review Application Featured in Board of Health Professions Meeting

Virginia Sunrise Review Application Featured in Board of Health Professions Meeting

By Gretchen Graves | January 18, 2018 | Advocacy | Events

As the AATA works with members in 24 states engaged in advocacy efforts during the 2018 legislative sessions, I would like to highlight some good news from Virginia. The Virginia Board of Health Professions recently presented its proposed scope of study and schedule for a comprehensive review of the art therapy profession during a public meeting on December 7, 2017.