On Oct. 6, 2023, the Art Therapy Advisory Board of the DHP of Virginia met for the first time since August 2021. Once the licensure regulations are approved, they will circle back to the Board of Counseling and then back to the desk of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and Virginia’s Governor. Learn more how you can get involved.
The museum visit, paired with art-making, provides participants with an elevation of their museum experience, especially those who report rarely making or creating art themselves. What I have observed through my project on integrating art therapy in a museum was how connecting different community members over art-making fosters group cohesion as a sense of belonging in a museum.
By Megan VanMeter, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC, LPC-AT/S
Most therapists aren’t aware of workplace bullying as a type of trauma. Even though many targets of workplace bullying wind up in therapy due to anxiety, depression, and PTSD, therapists generally aren’t educated about the widespread practice of this abuse. In the U.S. alone, 30% of the population has experienced it directly and another 19% has experienced it vicariously.
by Sienna Sullivan, AATA Intern When a professor announced AATA's 2022 Annual Conference, Amelie Smith, then a senior Art Major at Louisiana State University, remembers thinking, “I have to go to this conference... to be where everyone in the art therapy community...
This report, called The Proven Efficacy of Creative Arts Therapies: What the Literature Tells Us brings together over 40 major pieces of peer reviewed research: from systematic reviews of relevant randomized controlled trials, evidence from meta-analysis of relevant randomized controlled trials and evidence developed from systematic reviews from across the world.
What Does it Mean to Serve our Members and our Organization? Hear from a Nominations Committee Member
As nomination season begins, I want to share my thoughts on serving as an AATA Director and now as a member of the Nominating Committee. I asked myself, what does it mean to serve our members and our organization? I believe the answer is this: it is a way to give back, help guide the future of our profession and help it thrive.
By Magdalena Karlick, Ph.D-c, ATR-BC, LPCC
When queer folks lose inherited community due to dress, love, and interests it is a deep rupture. This loss is complicated. One can be both deeply hurt and feel betrayed by the family member who refuses to use their pronouns and they can also love and respect this human.
Understanding Cultural Contexts through Japanese Printmaking: My Experience as Art Therapist and Artist
I recently chose Japanese woodblock printmaking, Mokuhanga, as an art medium in order to heal from the cultural identity loss I endured as I experienced assimilation in the United States. I have been learning the traditional way of printmaking from a teacher in Japan, initially in person and then through virtual sessions.
Art with older adults provides opportunities to express inner experiences in a visual and contained way. This fosters and introduces healthy outlets and coping skills as well as providing a sense of mastery and accomplishment. This type of meaningful expression may not be possible verbally for some older adults due to illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, other forms of dementia, and aphasia due to stroke.