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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.

5 Tips from an Art Therapist to Get You through Holiday Gloom

5 Tips from an Art Therapist to Get You through Holiday Gloom

December 16, 2020 | Nadia Paredes

I was born and raised in Mexico, in a very loving (I would even dare say enmeshed) typical Catholic Latino family. My grandfather had died close to Christmas, so my father always tried his best to erase that feeling of loss and live the ideals of what he called “the American Christmas.”

My Perspectives as a BIPOC Art Therapist

My Perspectives as a BIPOC Art Therapist

December 3, 2020 | Miki Goerdt

As a first-time facilitator of a networking event, I experienced some difficulties, which I took personally at first, telling myself that I was not experienced enough to lead it. Several days later, after processing my experience with colleagues, I realized that my difficulties were systemic rather than something attached to myself or any participants of the event. They were related to the racial dynamics of the American society and within our profession.

Honoring Native American Heritage Month

Honoring Native American Heritage Month

November 19, 2020

National Native American Heritage Month is a reminder each year to celebrate Native American people, arts, culture, and heritage. There are 3 million indigenous people in the United States, belonging to 574 federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities and native villages) in the United States. (See map). This year, we want to join our mental health allies in a call to address the health disparities that Native American/Indigenous people are experiencing, particularly during the Coronavirus pandemic.