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AATA Conference Attendees Send Stars of HOPE Following the Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting

AATA Conference Attendees Send Stars of HOPE Following the Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting

January 3, 2019  | By Stephanie Wray

Every year at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, attendees are invited to create artwork in the open studio — a wonderful way to step back and process during the intensive days of learning.  At the 2018 conference held in Miami, attendees were invited to join Stars of HOPE, USA in painting 12-inch wooden stars with a message of hope.

Rachel Sikorski, ATR-BC, LCAT

Rachel Sikorski, ATR-BC, LCAT

December 13, 2018

She has valued her AATA membership throughout her career and shares, “AATA conferences, local chapter events and workshops, as well as the recent additions of the Art Therapy Today newsletter and the AATA online community have helped me feel much more connected and in the loop with what’s happening in our field nationally.

U.S. Embassy in Japan Awards Grant to Pilot Art Therapy Program

U.S. Embassy in Japan Awards Grant to Pilot Art Therapy Program

November 15, 2018 | International

In Tokyo on Tuesday, November 13, Second Lady Karen Pence announced a $55,000 grant from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to support a pilot art therapy program at the University of Tsukuba.  Congratulations to International AATA Member Cheryl Okubo, ATR-BC, recipient of this prestigious grant!

Student Art Gallery in Miami International Airport Spreads Awareness for the Role of Art Therapy in Public Schools

Student Art Gallery in Miami International Airport Spreads Awareness for the Role of Art Therapy in Public Schools

November 8, 2018 | Children | Education

Art therapists who traveled from around the world to Miami for the American Art Therapy Association’s 49th Annual Conference received a warm welcome, beginning with their arrival at the Miami International Airport (MIA).  In addition to the billboard and signs in the airport welcoming attendees, MIA hosted a gallery of student artwork from the Miami-Dade County Public School’s Clinical Art Therapy Department.

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.

Ashes2Art: First Responders 9/11 Art Show

Ashes2Art: First Responders 9/11 Art Show

By Clara Keane  | September 20, 2018 | Events 

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s (FCFRD) Behavioral Health Section in collaboration with local artist Kathy Sullivan offer the Ashes2Art Program for first responders. According to the FCFRD, the weekly art class “allows participants to employ the unique creative abilities of emergency personnel directed in new ways.” This month, to honor the victims and survivors of 9/11, participants of Ashes2Art displayed their work at the Reston Art Gallery & Studios.

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.