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Update on Virginia’s Licensure Regulations

Update on Virginia’s Licensure Regulations

On Oct. 6, 2023, the Art Therapy Advisory Board of the DHP of Virginia met for the first time since August 2021. Once the licensure regulations are approved, they will circle back to the Board of Counseling and then back to the desk of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and Virginia’s Governor. Learn more how you can get involved.

Integrating Art Therapy in Museums: Bridging the Gap between Isolation to Community Connection

Integrating Art Therapy in Museums: Bridging the Gap between Isolation to Community Connection

The museum visit, paired with art-making, provides participants with an elevation of their museum experience, especially those who report rarely making or creating art themselves. What I have observed through my project on integrating art therapy in a museum was how connecting different community members over art-making fosters group cohesion as a sense of belonging in a museum.

Workplace Bullying Isn’t About A Mean 4th Grader on the Playground. It has Serious Consequences.

Workplace Bullying Isn’t About A Mean 4th Grader on the Playground. It has Serious Consequences.

By Megan VanMeter, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC, LPC-AT/S
Most therapists aren’t aware of workplace bullying as a type of trauma. Even though many targets of workplace bullying wind up in therapy due to anxiety, depression, and PTSD, therapists generally aren’t educated about the widespread practice of this abuse. In the U.S. alone, 30% of the population has experienced it directly and another 19% has experienced it vicariously.

Efficacy of Art Therapy: What the Literature Tells Us

Efficacy of Art Therapy: What the Literature Tells Us

This report, called The Proven Efficacy of Creative Arts Therapies: What the Literature Tells Us brings together over 40 major pieces of peer reviewed research: from systematic reviews of relevant randomized controlled trials, evidence from meta-analysis of relevant randomized controlled trials and evidence developed from systematic reviews from across the world.

Belonging is Being Seen: Pride, Community, and Trauma

Belonging is Being Seen: Pride, Community, and Trauma

By Magdalena Karlick, Ph.D-c, ATR-BC, LPCC

When queer folks lose inherited community due to dress, love, and interests it is a deep rupture. This loss is complicated. One can be both deeply hurt and feel betrayed by the family member who refuses to use their pronouns and they can also love and respect this human.

Four Reasons Why Art Therapy is Effective With Older Americans

Four Reasons Why Art Therapy is Effective With Older Americans

Art with older adults provides opportunities to express inner experiences in a visual and contained way. This fosters and introduces healthy outlets and coping skills as well as providing a sense of mastery and accomplishment. This type of meaningful expression may not be possible verbally for some older adults due to illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, other forms of dementia, and aphasia due to stroke.

Pause & Reevaluate: Using a Relational Approach to Find Solutions for All 

Pause & Reevaluate: Using a Relational Approach to Find Solutions for All 

As art therapists, many of us work as a member of the interdisciplinary team in organizations such as hospitals, schools, and agencies. Sometimes art therapists need to use conflict resolution skills to effectively address challenges within the team. In this blog, I share my story of how I used a relational approach to find solutions for my team in order to keep art therapy appropriate and alive for clients.

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