March 10, 2022

To Art Therapy Educators:

The American Art Therapy Association Education Committee is currently looking for new professional
members and student members at each level of art therapy education.

What does the Education Committee do? 

The Education Committee supports the AATA’s strategic plan professional identity objectives,
focusing on:

  1. Developing recommendations and guidelines for education standards
  2. Supporting the transition to accreditation for Master’s art therapy education programs
  3. Leading initiatives to further continuing education possibilities

How often does the Education Committee meet?

The AATA recommends the following for the Education Committee:

  • Subcommittee Chairs meet together once per month at minimum.
  • Subcommittee Chairs hold conference calls every other month in which all members of the subcommittee are expected to attend.

What are my responsibilities as a committee member?

  1. Attend all meetings (conference call, in-person, or virtual) and notify the primary staff liaison when there is a scheduling conflict.
  2. Review all relevant meeting material prior to the meetings. Prepare to make contributions and voice objective opinions concerning issues and activities. Remember that all discussions are confidential to the committee and the AATA, and all documents are the property of the AATA and are not to be shared without written permission.
  3. Accept and complete special assignments as requested.
  4. Promote volunteer involvement by maintaining an understanding of activities, discussions, and programs.
  5. Assist in formulating concepts and deliverables that will further the goals and objectives of the group and the AATA.
  6. Promote the group and the AATA by supporting and participating in membership recruitment and retention activities.
  7. Respond promptly to correspondence and information requests from the staff liaison and other group members.
  8. Represent the group in other meetings as requested by the AATA.
  9. Promote clarity within the group on your role and how it supports and fits within the AATA.
  10. Professional members should be current educators.
  11. All members need to maintain current membership in the AATA during the volunteer term of service.
  12. Immediately inform staff liaison and committee leadership if personal or professional circumstances change to the extent that they cause disruption in the ability to perform the responsibilities listed above.
  13. Always conduct oneself in an ethical, collaborative, and professional matter.

For professional members:

These volunteer positions are open to all level educators (undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate). We
ask that individuals interested in joining the education committee submit a brief letter of interest and a
brief CV by March 14th, to Michelle Pate at

For student members:

After reviewing the committee member responsibilities with the student, faculty should send a brief
letter of recommendation along with the student’s brief CV and a brief statement of interest by March
14th, to Michelle Pate at


Thank you in advance for your consideration.

AATA Education Committee

Chair, Michelle Pate DAT, LCMHC, ATR-BC
Simone Alter- Muri EDD, ATR-BC, ATCS
Holly Feen-Calligan PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS
Rachel Feldwisch PhD, MA, LMHC, ATR-BC
Nancy Gerber PhD, ATR-BC
Ashley Hartman PhD, LCAT, LPC, ATR-BC
Gail Hoffman M.Ed., LPC-S, ATR-BC, LICDC-S
Patricia St. John EdD, ATR-BC