PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

As the President of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. AATA’s mission is to advocate for expansion of access to professional art therapists and lead the nation in the advancement of art therapy as a regulated mental health and human services profession. As art therapists, we know first-hand the critical work being done with clients of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds. At the AATA, we are working toward a world where these critical services are provided by licensed, culturally proficient art therapists to all individuals, families, and communities.

We have resources for you whether you are just learning about our profession, a student of art therapy, or an established professional! To begin, our fact sheets serve as quick references on art therapy, the Association and our values, art therapy education, research, and more. For those interested in pursuing a career in art therapy, our education pages provide information to get started.

Learn from experts in the field through our video series Art Therapy in Action. Visit our Voices of Art Therapy story library for first-hand accounts about how art therapy helps people, one story at a time. And finally, get to know members of the art therapy community (and explore their artwork!) by scrolling through profiles of our Featured Members, whom we highlight weekly in our e-newsbrief Art Therapy Today.

Our annual conference is the largest gathering of art therapists in around the globe and offers networking opportunities, continuing education, and the latest in cutting edge research and practice.

This is an exciting time for the art therapy profession. Alongside the nation’s leading mental health organizations, the AATA supports improved access to mental health care in federal legislation through the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG). Additionally, the AATA is taking an increasingly active role as a national partner in annual events including Arts Advocacy Day with the Americans for the Arts (AftA) and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

If you are not already a member, I encourage you to become an active part of our community. As an AATA member, you will support our crucial work and gain access to the important research, tools, and connections you need to succeed in the field.  Member benefits include:

  • Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, our prestigious, peer-reviewed publication showcasing leading research and practice-based articles.
  • Exclusive access to our Advocacy & Public Policy resources – including state-specific news, guides to advocacy for licensure, title protection, and insurance reimbursement – and guidance from policy experts at the AATA National Office.
  • The MyAATA Community, a virtual meeting place where members can connect, exchange resources, and support each other professionally.
  • The AATA Mentor Match Program, where students and new professionals build relationships with experienced art therapists for mutually beneficial support and career development advice.

I am proud and honored to have been elected to lead this Association and to work with the nearly 4,800 AATA members to advance our profession, and achieve our vision that the services of licensed, culturally proficient art therapists will be available to all individuals, families, and communities.

Christianne Strang, PhD, ATR-BC
President, American Art Therapy Association