AATA Blog

Featured Member: Bobbi Stoll, MFT, CTS, CT, ATR-BC

Featured Member: Bobbi Stoll, MFT, CTS, CT, ATR-BC

July 14, 2022

Creativity and innovation have driven the field of art therapy and gotten it to where it is today. Don’t lose that creativity! There are many challenges art therapists face, such as licensing, but you shouldn’t let that stop you. Keep getting your hands dirty—it would be a shame to see that creativity diminished.  

Featured Member: Kaalex Ash-Green

Featured Member: Kaalex Ash-Green

“One of my goals in becoming an art therapist is to create space for people American psychology has historically discriminated against.”

Support Insurance Reimbursement for Art Therapy in New York!

Support Insurance Reimbursement for Art Therapy in New York!

June 23, 2022 Last month, the New York legislature passed A1171A, requiring private insurance companies to cover mental health services. This bill would make it possible for services by LCATs to be reimbursed by insurance—a huge step forward in achieving parity...

Featured Member: Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)

Featured Member: Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)

I identify as queer and pansexual, and pride month feels deeply personal and complex. While it’s exciting to see pride images everywhere, I am also critical of the intention when it seems that corporations and businesses are pandering to the LGBTQIA+ community during this time of the year and potentially supporting anti-queer and anti-trans legislation the rest of the year. I am all for representation and visibility and would like it to be authentic and uplifting all year round.

Juneteenth 2022

Juneteenth 2022

This Sunday, June 19th, is a celebration of freedom to be recognized by all Americans. On June 19, 1865, more than 2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received word that they were free from slavery and for the first time recognized as citizens of the United States. 

Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Space for LGBTQIA+ Clients

Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Space for LGBTQIA+ Clients

June 16, 2022 | Michael Galarraga (he/him) Pride month commemorates the Stonewall riots that occurred at the end of June 1969 in NYC. These riots were a call to action, a fight, and more importantly, a movement to increase inclusivity and equity for LGBTQIA+ people,...

Pride Month 2022: LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources

Pride Month 2022: LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources

As we enter Pride Month, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) would like to stress the importance of accessible mental health care for the LGBTQ+ community. Art therapists, as mental health professionals, strive to provide a sense of safety and openness to their clients, especially those vulnerable to stigma and discrimination.

Whether you are a part of the LGBTQ+ community or have LGBTQ+ clients, peers, friends, and family, we encourage you to check out and share the following resources.

Americans for the Arts 2022 Annual Convention Recap

Americans for the Arts 2022 Annual Convention Recap

Being a non-profit professional with a bachelor’s degree in Arts for Social Change, I was excited to have the opportunity to attend this convention as a representative of the American Art Therapy Association and participate in key discussions regarding the crossroads of the arts and social justice.

Featured Member: Makiko Harada (Young)

Featured Member: Makiko Harada (Young)

May 19, 2022

As a Tokyo-born art therapist, I am inspired and motivated by the hate [against Asians] to offer lectures and educate the art therapy community on what we can do about it.