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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.

3 Ways for Therapists to Address Barriers to Seeking Therapy

3 Ways for Therapists to Address Barriers to Seeking Therapy

February 25, 2020 | Angela Roman Clack

I am pleased to participate in this blog series reemphasizing the themes covered in the “Breaking the Chains of Racial Trauma in Therapy” panel at the AATA’s 50th conference . In the panel presentation, I shared examples from my work with Black women to demonstrate how racism contributes to a denial of one’s psychological stress or acknowledgement of how therapy could be beneficial. Living life in black skin is an undeniable racialized existence.

Creative Healing Spaces: Healing From Racial Wounds

Creative Healing Spaces: Healing From Racial Wounds

February 24, 2020 | Lindsey Vance

Growing up in a community that did not speak of mental health care or seeing a therapist, this idea of a career path was foreign to me. Explaining to my family that I was going to be an Art Therapist was even more so confusing, however I went on to be one. The privilege to work in various clinical and community-based settings afforded me the opportunity to recognize that I was not alone in my childhood stigma of misunderstanding and distrust for psychotherapy, but rather various clients of color shared this same belief.

Framing Race in the Context of Art Therapy

Framing Race in the Context of Art Therapy

February 20, 2020 | Cheryl Doby-Copeland

The 400th anniversary of the arrival in America of the first enslaved people from West Africa validated my interest in the generational impact of racial trauma. The New York Times Magazine 1619 Project galvanized me to consider how historical racial trauma has not been a primary treatment consideration in my client caseload.

New Spiritual Art Therapy Research Scholarship: Meet Dr. Horovitz

New Spiritual Art Therapy Research Scholarship: Meet Dr. Horovitz

February 13, 2020 | Ellen Horovitz

My intention for this scholarship is to aid a promising practitioner or student in his/her/their pursuit of expanding the field of Spiritual Art Therapy as it relates to mind/body practices. Spiritual Art Therapy has expanded broadly since my 1994 publication and is now in its 3rd edition. Because my current work now incorporates my training as a certified yoga therapist, applications for this award might incorporate somatics as it relates to therapy and mind/body centering.

Blog Series: Breaking the Chains of Racial Trauma in Therapy

Blog Series: Breaking the Chains of Racial Trauma in Therapy

February 13, 2020 | Gwendolyn Short

In recognition of Black History Month, it’s my pleasure to introduce this blog series building on the topics covered during the “Breaking the Chains of Racial Trauma” plenary panel I moderated at AATA’s 50th conference in Kansas City in November of 2019! If you were in attendance, this is an excellent opportunity to revisit the content, and I’m honored to present it to others for the first time.

Unpacking the So-Called Art Therapist Character in “Parasite”

Unpacking the So-Called Art Therapist Character in “Parasite”

February 12, 2020

“Parasite” made history during the 2020 Oscars, winning four awards and becoming the first non-English-language film to win best picture, the Academy’s highest honor. This acclaimed playful yet dark satire thriller takes a microscope to two families on opposite ends of the social class spectrum in urban South Korea. Their paths become intertwined when Kim Ki-woo begins tutoring English to the daughter of the wealthy Park family.