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Art Therapy is Particularly Effective in Times of Crisis

Art Therapy is Particularly Effective in Times of Crisis

September 24, 2020

In the survey, we asked respondents: “As an art therapist, how would you describe to someone unfamiliar with the profession why art therapy is uniquely suited to support mental health during this pandemic?” The survey takers explained that art therapy is particularly effective during times of crisis, especially in coping with isolation, changes in circumstance, trauma, and grief. 

My First Art Therapy Job, at a Homeless Shelter, during a Pandemic

My First Art Therapy Job, at a Homeless Shelter, during a Pandemic

September 24, 2020 | By Jenelle Hallaert

Due to the inherent technological barriers that come with housing insecurity, all sessions with the guests are in-person — putting both the guests and myself at constant risk of contracting COVID-19. Even with these risks, the mental health services provided to our guests are essential for their wellbeing. Overall, the shelter has continued care as usual for this population.

Mental Health Policy Implications during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Mental Health Policy Implications during the Coronavirus Pandemic

August 24, 2020 

While the results of this survey of art therapists capture a particular moment during the Coronavirus pandemic—when 95% of Americans were under some sort of stay-at-home policy—the findings remain relevant as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise. We hope that these results will help inform how lawmakers address the ongoing mental health ramifications of the pandemic and better support mental health professionals.

Monthly Art Therapy Group Continues for Northern California Camp Fire Survivors

Monthly Art Therapy Group Continues for Northern California Camp Fire Survivors

June 27, 2019 | By Devora Weinapple

On November 8, 2018, a wind-whipped inferno ripped through and leveled the densely populated foothill town of Paradise in less than a day.  This urban firestorm, known as the Camp Fire, surpassed the worst fires to date in the state’s history, which had been those that devastated Sonoma and Mendocino Counties just in the previous fall of 2017.

AATA Conference Attendees Send Stars of HOPE Following the Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting

AATA Conference Attendees Send Stars of HOPE Following the Tallahassee Yoga Studio Shooting

January 3, 2019  | By Stephanie Wray

Every year at the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, attendees are invited to create artwork in the open studio — a wonderful way to step back and process during the intensive days of learning.  At the 2018 conference held in Miami, attendees were invited to join Stars of HOPE, USA in painting 12-inch wooden stars with a message of hope.

Puerto Rico and Florida AATA Chapters Offer Group Art Therapy in the Wake of Maria

Puerto Rico and Florida AATA Chapters Offer Group Art Therapy in the Wake of Maria

By Anais Lugo-Axtmann | April 26, 2018 | Trauma | Community

Experiencing hurricanes Irma and Maria was traumatic for most people living on the island of Puerto Rico. Seven months after Maria, Puerto Rico continues to experience prolonged losses of electricity, water, communications and infrastructure, limiting individuals’ ability to recover, keep their jobs and return to their routine (which is so vital for recovery). Many Puerto Ricans are reporting intense feelings of anxiety and depression which have been linked to the onset of mental health crises.

South Florida Art Therapists Offer Free Services in Aftermath of the Valentine’s Day Shooting

South Florida Art Therapists Offer Free Services in Aftermath of the Valentine’s Day Shooting

By Raquel Farrell-Kirk | March 1, 2018 | Trauma | Community

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, MSD as it’s often abbreviated, is less than an hour away from my home, only 30 minutes away from my office, and a mere mile from the Coral Springs Museum of Art, where I conduct a weekly art therapy open studio group for veterans. This proximity is how I came to receive a phone call from the museum’s Executive Director, asking for guidance in setting up free art therapy services in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 17 dead.

Good Art: Bad City

Good Art: Bad City

By Liz DelliCarpini | February 22, 2018 | Children | Community

In an effort to strengthen the interpersonal and institutional resources available for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, School of Visual Arts’ (SVA) MPS in Art Therapy program has formed a partnership with Artistic Noise, an independent nonprofit that “exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system” (“Artistic Noise,” 2018).

SoCalATA Honors Lauryn Hunter: Art Therapist Helps Standing Rock Children and Families

SoCalATA Honors Lauryn Hunter: Art Therapist Helps Standing Rock Children and Families

By Teresa Grame | February 23, 2017 | Community

The Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) was honored to present Lauryn Hunter, LMFT, ATR with the Art Therapy Distinguished Service Award at our Annual General meeting held on February 4, 2017. The award recognized Lauryn for her important role in responding to the needs of the children and families of the water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota, in addition to her work in the local schools of Los Angeles.