Legislative News

AATA Opposes the Redefinition of Art Therapy from a Separate Profession to a Form of Counseling in Texas

AATA Opposes the Redefinition of Art Therapy from a Separate Profession to a Form of Counseling in Texas

July 14, 2021

The regulatory structure of art therapists in Texas has recently undergone significant changes, both to the board with authority over the rulemaking process and to the rules themselves, including how art therapy is defined. The AATA submitted comment—first during the regular sunset review period with recommended improvements, and this week urging the rejection of a proposed redefinition of art therapy as a form of counseling. 

From Art Therapists to Advocates: Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in Tennessee

From Art Therapists to Advocates: Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in Tennessee

May 6, 2021 | Paige Scheinberg & Catherine Harris

“We did it, y’all! We passed the Senate and the House… and, now, the Governor has signed our bill. We now have an Art Therapy License in Tennessee!!” Now, we’re here to support YOU! Whether you have just started with advocacy and legislative efforts in your own state or you have been at it for a while, we hope some of our experiences and lessons learned along the way will help energize and inspire you to keep doing the incredible work you’re doing.

BREAKING NEWS: Art Therapy Licensure is Official Law in Tennessee

BREAKING NEWS: Art Therapy Licensure is Official Law in Tennessee

April 22, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Governor Bill Lee signed SB 101 on April 20, 2021, officially enacting the Professional Art Therapist License in Tennessee! The law will take effect July 1st, 2021. AATA congrats the Tennessee Art Therapy Association (TATA) and Tennessee’s art therapists! Tennessee is the 19th state to recognize art therapy through licensure or title protection, and the 11th to enact a specialized art therapy license.

Tennessee Art Therapy Licensure Bill Passes! Now Awaits Governor’s Signature

Tennessee Art Therapy Licensure Bill Passes! Now Awaits Governor’s Signature

April 8, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that the art therapy licensure bill (HB 183) passed the Tennessee House of Representatives on April 5, 2021! The bill, having passed the Senate in March, was delivered to Governor Bill Lee on April 7th. According to Tennessee procedures, the Governor has 10 days (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation, or it becomes law without a signature. We expect action by April 19, 2021. We are looking forward to sharing more updates soon!

SURVEY: Reexamining the Impact of Coronavirus on the Art Therapy Profession

SURVEY: Reexamining the Impact of Coronavirus on the Art Therapy Profession

April 6, 2021

In May 2020, art therapists shared their experiences during the pandemic in the American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA) Coronavirus Impact Survey. Our report told the story of art therapists standing on the frontlines of the pandemic while coping with tremendous challenges. Now, a year into the pandemic, we are launching a follow-up survey to assess how art therapists are doing. While our last survey focused on the entire art therapy community (including students and educators), this survey is focused on clinicians’ work with clients.

2021 Art Therapy Licensing Bill Updates in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania

2021 Art Therapy Licensing Bill Updates in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania

March 11, 2021

As state legislatures continue to focus on responding to the coronavirus pandemic, several art therapy licensing bills are advancing as a way to address the mental health crisis that has accompanied the virus. Read on for updates on legislation in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania in the 2021 legislative sessions!

Dept. of Education Art Therapy Project Grants FAQ

Dept. of Education Art Therapy Project Grants FAQ

February 11, 2021

We want to share with you a recent notice by the Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education inviting applications for new awards for FY 2021 for the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) Program. The agency identifies Art Therapy as a program priority—so we encourage you and your colleagues to consider applying. This is an excellent opportunity to support the work of art therapists making an impact every day in our schools!