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A Sloth Goes to the Hospital: A Children’s Book Helps Young Patients Learn about the Creative Arts Therapies

A Sloth Goes to the Hospital: A Children’s Book Helps Young Patients Learn about the Creative Arts Therapies

March 19, 2021 | Olivia Dobson

Sloth Goes to the Hospital: Introducing the Creative Arts Therapies, introduces the Creative Arts Therapy services at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and promotes normalization of the hospital experience. The storyline of the book is accompanied by my illustrations of Sloth and his interactions with art therapy, music therapy and dance/movement therapy while in the hospital.

New 2021 Member Demographics Report Available Now

New 2021 Member Demographics Report Available Now

March 19, 2021

AATA’s new 2021 Member Demographics Report is now available online! This report is intended to be a current, shareable snapshot of the AATA membership community and contains information collected through February 9, 2021.

2021 Art Therapy Licensing Bill Updates in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania

2021 Art Therapy Licensing Bill Updates in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania

March 11, 2021

As state legislatures continue to focus on responding to the coronavirus pandemic, several art therapy licensing bills are advancing as a way to address the mental health crisis that has accompanied the virus. Read on for updates on legislation in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania in the 2021 legislative sessions!

Announcing AATA’s Collaboration with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective

Announcing AATA’s Collaboration with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective

March 9, 2021

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is proud to collaborate with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective (AUC Art Collective) to raise awareness about art therapy! Working with Spelman College and the Morehouse School of Medicine, the AUC Art Collective’s goal is to introduce the Atlanta University Center community to the art therapy profession over the course of the Spring 2021 semester.

Dept. of Education Art Therapy Project Grants FAQ

Dept. of Education Art Therapy Project Grants FAQ

February 11, 2021

We want to share with you a recent notice by the Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education inviting applications for new awards for FY 2021 for the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) Program. The agency identifies Art Therapy as a program priority—so we encourage you and your colleagues to consider applying. This is an excellent opportunity to support the work of art therapists making an impact every day in our schools! 

Am I Well Rested? My Reflections on the 7 Types of Rest

Am I Well Rested? My Reflections on the 7 Types of Rest

January 28, 2021 | Bani Malhotra

When my Doctoral Advisor Dr. Girija Kaimal, posed the simple question, “Are you well rested?” during a meeting after the holidays to discuss an online research project started during the pandemic, I hesitantly responded, “I guess?” and asked myself in my head, “Am I really?” I realized that I was prepared to discuss a recent virtual interview that I had conducted and the tasks that I was supposed to complete, but I felt totally thrown off when she was also interested in my personal care. 

Feeling Stressed about the Capitol Attacks? Here are some Tools to Help Cope from a Trauma Art Therapist

Feeling Stressed about the Capitol Attacks? Here are some Tools to Help Cope from a Trauma Art Therapist

January 13, 2020 | Raquel Farrell-Kirk

I kept the television off and focused on my day at home with my ten year old son. At first, I easily ignored the texts updates I was receiving from friends about the rally in Washington DC, but as the situation escalated into an attack on the Capitol building, I could ignore the news no more. After a few frustrating minutes pressing buttons, I enlisted my son’s help to turn on the television and watched the violence unfold on my television screen.