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April 15, 2023

In time for the deadline for the ATCB’s re-certification in June, AATA is proud to present a new Continuing Education Series on Art Therapy Ethics. This series will feature Ethics Committee Co-Chairs Deborah Fung, LCAT and Jen Waters, ATR, LMHC, LPCC.

Each 2-hour session can be purchased individually or as a 6-hour bundle at a discounted price ($125 for members, $225 for non-members). All sessions will be available for 30-day On-Demand viewing after the live event. Register today!

Session 1: May 5 (10am – 12pm ET)
Positive Ethics

Facilitator: Deborah Fung, LCAT 

Positive Ethics is a perspective that encourages therapists to see overarching ethical principles as integrated with their personal values, as opposed to efforts focused on avoiding punishment for violating rules and regulations.  For example, in many of our work sites, many policies and decisions are motivated by a self-protective instinct to avoid lawsuits and limit liability.  While this is important, it lulls us into simply complying with a basic ethically adequate practice.  This training will stimulate our creativity around ethics, and we will discuss how to rethink our approach to ethics so that in challenging situations we can consider “What I can do.” rather than “What I’m not allowed to do.”  This training will include practice on case studies as well as art making.  

Session 2: May 6 (12 – 2pm ET)
Social Media & Ethics for Art Therapists

Facilitator: Jen Waters, ATR, LMHC, LPCC 

The world of social media is presenting art therapists with new opportunities and challenges that can be tricky to navigate. Social media may be used as a tool for art therapists to connect with other professionals, market themselves, and spread awareness about art therapy leading to increased public exposure and psychoeducation about the field. However, there’s also a downside to this as clients may come to therapy with misinformation about mental health issues and about the field in general. This training will explore the ethical issues surrounding the topic of social media for art therapists. It will include a discussion about privacy concerns for clients and therapists, potential boundary issues, and strategies to approach these topics in clinical practice. We will also discuss concerns about how social media may impact our work with clients, their perception of art therapy, and what we can do to help. 

Session 3: May 15 (7 – 9pm ET)
Art Therapy & Ethics Panel Discussion 

Facilitators: Deborah Fung, LCAT & Jen Waters, ATR, LMHC, LPCC  

This presentation will include a live panel discussion on ethics and art therapy. The purpose is to engage attendees in a stimulating discussion about ongoing issues related to ethics within our field. Participants will learn diverse thoughts of practicing art therapists and how they navigate these issues from various vantage points within the field. 

Everyone is welcome to join. Purchase all 3 sessions together for a bundled discount. Register today! 

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