August 9, 2021 | Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair


We are pleased to announce our featured keynote presenter, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate with a background in mechanical engineering. Yassmin trained as a mechanical engineer and worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia for years before becoming a writer and broadcaster in 2016. One of the 2020 LinkedIn Changemakers, Yassmin is a globally sought-after advisor on issues of social justice, focused on the intersections of race, gender and faith. She has travelled to over 24 countries across five continents, speaking about inclusive leadership, tackling bias, and achieving substantive change. Yassmin’s internationally acclaimed TED talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has been viewed over 2.3 million times and was chosen as one of TED’s top ten ideas of 2015.

She published her debut memoir, Yassmin’s Story, with Penguin Random House at age 24, and followed up with her first fiction book for younger readers, You Must Be Layla, in 2019. Yassmin’s critically acclaimed essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including the Griffith Review, the best-selling It’s Not About the Burqa and The New Daughters of Africa

Don’t forget that early bird registration is open through August 31st – so be sure to register before the cut-off to save!

Going completely virtual this year means there’s no need to worry about extra expenses for travel and concerns about health or safety, because you will be able to join art therapy colleagues from around the world in the comfort and safety of your own home. We will of course miss seeing each of you in person, but we will plan to reunite again in 2022 in Minneapolis, MN safely, and in full AATA-style conferencing! 

Just like last year, our virtual conference registration will provide two options to view the content: Live and via on-demand. Our program has more sessions available to you than you could possibly attend at an in-person conference, so you will earn more continuing education and knowledge. We have a diverse and expansive program spanning over 4 days this year! If you attend all 4 days, we expect you will have more than 100 hours of learning available to you with the on-demand access. Just like last year, we will allow you one year (through December 31, 2022) to view the on-demand content included in your registration package. 

The conference registration packages offer 1-day, 2-day, 3-day and 4-day combinations, providing tons of flexibility and pricing to meet your needs. Just remember to register August 31st so that you will lock in the lowest rates and save!

Stay tuned here for more communications and announcements as the program continues to be developed!

Click here to view the full program. Register here.