July 10, 2019  | Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair


Have you made your plans to attend the American Art Therapy Association’s 50th Annual Conference to be held October 30 to November 3, 2019 in Kansas City, MO?  If not, summer is the perfect time to get conference plans checked off your to-do list!  Advanced registration is now open and lower rates are still available!  You can Register Online or call the National Office at (888) 290-0878 or (703) 548-5860 to register by phone.

Stay tuned later this summer for an online discussion led by Lynn Kapitan, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM on the topic of this year’s conference Master Class, Art Therapy with Refugee and Migrant Populations to be held on Saturday, November 2, from 2:30-4:00 p.m.  This ticketed conference session will be led by keynote speaker Dr. Essam Daod and a panel of art therapists whose work has served the psycho-social needs of displaced people. The session will bridge global and local perspectives for attendees interested in developing resources in their own communities to address the tremendous need for accessible trauma-informed, culturally-relevant care for refugees and migrants.

Let’s Discuss!  Our panel of experts would like to hear from you!  Later this summer, Dr. Lynn Kapitan will invite all members of the MyAATA to post questions online in order to help shape the session’s in-depth discussion and provide attendees the opportunity to have their specific questions answered live.  Stay tuned for the invitation on MyAATA!  If you’d like to attend and hear from our experts in-person, be sure to register in advance for the Master Class.

Already Registered?  Be sure to make your hotel arrangements, as the reserved block is filling up!  Here are a few more reminders and ideas to enhance your conference experience.

  • Advanced practice courses (held on Wednesday, October 30, from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.) offer attendees 7 full hours of learning and continuing education and include art directives. Or if you are staying over on Saturday evening, why not add a half day Advanced Practice Course on Sunday, November 3 (from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.) for 3 hours of extra learning and continuing education? Review the available sessions, and register soon before these sessions fill up!  Some workshops are also available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday…but hurry before they are full!
  • Submit an original short film for the Art Therapy Film Festival. Accepted films will be viewed at the conference on Thursday from 2:45 to 4:15 pm. Filmmakers are invited to conceive, design, and produce an original short film that examines who and what we are as art therapists.  Review the submission form for additional information. Submissions are due August 1.

For more information about the conference, visit the website, download the detailed conference brochure, or review the online “searchable” program.



AATA Members receive a discount on conference registration, so if your membership is not current or would like to become a member visit: https://arttherapy.org/membership-starts-here/ or call (888) 290-0878 or (703) 548-5860.