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From an Online Art Therapy Grad Student, Here are 5 Tips for Making the Transition to Virtual

From an Online Art Therapy Grad Student, Here are 5 Tips for Making the Transition to Virtual

April 6, 2020 | Trica Zeyher

When I found out that my internship site was going to be transitioning to telehealth therapy from face-to-face services due to coronavirus social distancing, I felt prepared from my online graduate experiences. Edinboro University’s online art therapy program provided me with practice to succeed even in these challenging times. Here are my top 5 tips of how to succeed in an online art therapy master’s program.

Virtual Intimacy in Therapy and in Life

Virtual Intimacy in Therapy and in Life

April 6, 2020 | Trica Zeyher

As we enter week-four of our new reality of social distancing, everything has changed. Even though my art therapy master’s program at Edinboro University is already online, I have experienced upheavals in my own life and witnessed similar chaos in the lives of my clients, educators, friends and family. Already knowing the benefits of virtual intimacy in therapy from my own online studies and experience as a client, I would like to share what I have been thinking about during this coronavirus social distancing.

What the CARES Act Means for Art Therapists

What the CARES Act Means for Art Therapists

March 31, 2020 | Clara Keane

The President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act (H.R. 748), the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history on March 27th. This third relief package invests over $2 trillion in stimulus funds to support state governments, businesses, and individuals through this crisis.

Affirmations for Coping during Coronavirus Times

Affirmations for Coping during Coronavirus Times

March 30, 2020 | Gioia Chilton

What I do matters for my community
I wash my hands, for myself and others
We can get through this together
Teamwork makes the dream work
Together we protect each other

To My Colleagues that are Changing Everything, Here are 5 Tips for Effectively Teaching Art Therapy Online

To My Colleagues that are Changing Everything, Here are 5 Tips for Effectively Teaching Art Therapy Online

March 20, 2020 | Carolyn Brown Treadon

To say the last week has been challenging is an understatement! As we all quickly learn to navigate challenges in our daily lives in response to COVID-19, many are also working to get courses and clients transitioned to an online platform.  With the help of my colleagues at Edinboro University, where we offer an art therapy master’s program that can be completed 100 percent online, I put this resource together to offer some advice to colleagues in other programs navigating this transition.

Reflections on Creative Arts Therapies Week during COVID-19

Reflections on Creative Arts Therapies Week during COVID-19

March 20, 2020 | Gretchen Miller

Every year we celebrate Creative Arts Therapies Week with the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies (NCCATA). Along with our colleagues not only in art therapy but also in music therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, poetry therapy, and psychodrama, we take time to bring awareness to the power of our professions and to our roles in the mental health field.

Best Practices for Using Art Supplies Hygienically during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Best Practices for Using Art Supplies Hygienically during the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 16, 2020 | Andrea Davis

As we navigate the current coronavirus pandemic, it is a good time to be mindful about art supplies and ways to prevent the spread of illness. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) describes COVID-19 as an airborne illness. Droplets in the air can be breathed in and also land on surfaces including work spaces and art supplies. Protecting clients from harm includes having clean art supplies.

Legislation Progresses Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

Legislation Progresses Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

March 12, 2020

While exciting developments in art therapy licensing legislation have continued to occur, uncertainties around COVID-19 have begun to impact legislative schedules as the public health crisis continues to unfold. Here is a quick update:

– The sunrise review proposal was approved in Nebraska
– A new licensure bill was introduced in Louisiana
– The Virginia licensure bill was presented to the Governor

Antiracist Approach to Art Therapy: Re-examining Core Concepts

Antiracist Approach to Art Therapy: Re-examining Core Concepts

February 26, 2020 | Jordan S. Potash

As a White art therapist who has worked cross-racially for almost my entire career, I am regularly reminded that there are always racial-social-political influences that enter into the art therapy relationship. My current work in an open art therapy studio at a drop-in center for runaway and homeless adolescents and young adults, most of whom are Black, reinforces three strategies for art therapists for understanding and responding to power differentials.