CONTINUING EDUCATION: All educational sessions sponsored by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) are accepted for continuing education by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). AATA is also a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP Provider #5670), and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for courses that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. AATA is also approved by the State of New York as a provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs) in New York (#CAT-0012).

  • Continuing Education-eligible sessions are identified in the Full Program Schedule with a number beginning with a two letter program track code followed by the session’s number. Each session description includes which type of continuing education they provide.  All sessions at AATA’s conference provide some continuing education with the exception of: Focus Group, Pop-Up Learning Sessions, and Poster Sessions.  American Art Therapy Association continuing education is defined as the number of actual clock hours spent in direct participation in a structured educational format as a learner. Sessions, such as Papers, which are 50 minutes are rounded up to 1 clock hour. Download this list for an overview of the session formats and the number of clock hours provided
  • It is each attendee’s responsibility to determine whether her or his licensing or credentialing body will accept the American Art Therapy Association’s continuing education. Continuing education is earned for contact clock hours at the conference.
  • CERTIFICATES ARE REQUESTED AFTER THE CONFERENCE:  All attendees will receive an e-mail from the National Office with a link to the postconference proceedings website, where participants can request their Continuing Education Certificate. The entire process is done online. The fee for the certificate is $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers. This fee covers all continuing education earned during the conference. There is no onsite sign-in sheets in the individual sessions, rather this is all done online postconference. The onsite conference program guide will have more information.

SESSION SUBJECT TRACKS: The conference is organized into seven main subject tracks to help participants quickly find areas of interest and make the most of the conference. Some of the seven subject tracks also include sub-tracks. You can mix and match to attend the presentations that best fit your needs. Sessions are marked with a course number that includes the acronym from the program tracks. [Ex: TR-213. In this example, this course is related to Trauma]

  • Clinical Approaches You’ll learn about therapeutic best practices, case studies, and art therapy techniques and methods. You’ll also expand your knowledge of art therapy with a variety of populations and settings: Addictions/Substance Abuse (AS), Child/Adolescents (CA), Forensics (FS), Geriatrics (GE), Medical Settings (MS), Psychiatric Settings (PS), and School Settings (SS).
  • Contemporary Issues & Current Trends are being presented in the following areas of interest: Activism (AC), Autism (AU), Ethics (ET), Grief/Mourning (GM), Professional Practice (PP), Technology (TE), and Trauma (TR).
  • Education & Supervision (ES) Explore updates in art therapy training and education. Focus on the latest teaching methods, supervision techniques, and educational developments.
  • Multicultural (MC) Learn how art therapy heals diverse people. Increase multicultural competency by learning about cross-cultural relationships, programs, and practices.
  • Research/Evaluation (RE) Focus on the theory and practice of clinical evaluation, the use of standardized assessments, systematic case studies, outcome studies, and all forms of inquiry, using or exploring various research methodologies.
  • Studio & Community (SC) Focus on programs with an art studio-based approach. Artist-centered art therapy practice and community outreach programs designed to improve our collective well being.
New This Year! SESSION CONTENT LEVELS:  The session descriptions will also include the level of the content including. The two levels are:
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The American Art Therapy Association’s Conference Program Committee strives for exceptional quality in educational offerings, and wants to provide customer satisfaction with your learning experience. All attendees will be given two opportunities to provide feedback including a postconference overall conference evaluation as well as individual session evaluations. The Conference Committee carefully reviews and uses participant feedback to continually improve overall program quality. If you would like to share a suggestion or a concern, please direct your feedback to the staff at the National Office of the American Art Therapy Association, Barbara Florence via e-mail at, and we will work toward achieving a suitable customer response to your inquiry.