Resources

The Traumatic Impact and Aftereffects of Gun-Related Violence

The Traumatic Impact and Aftereffects of Gun-Related Violence

April 11, 2019 

As the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the art therapy profession, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) provides our members and the public we serve with important content to support the wellbeing of all individuals, families, and communities.  The following resource offer information about the traumatic impact and aftereffects of gun-related violence in our communities, families, and schools, as well as in the media.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2018 

In recognition of this global awareness effort, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) offers the following resources on mental health, art therapy, and the Association’s advocacy and awareness efforts.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Best Practices for Art Therapists and Resources for the Public

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Best Practices for Art Therapists and Resources for the Public

September 13, 2018 

This AATA resource offers information and best practices for art therapists and other mental health clinicians to support suicide prevention and awareness for our clients, families, communities, and survivors.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide every year, according to statistics published the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

June is Pride Month: Here’s what art therapists need to know

June is Pride Month: Here’s what art therapists need to know

By Daniel Blausey | June 21, 2018 | #WeAreArtTherapists

For art therapists, Pride Month is not only a time to celebrate, commemorate, and march proudly in solidarity, it is also a time to reflect on the shifting political and cultural fronts impacting our clients within the LGBTQIA community on a day-to-day basis. It is important to recognize the varying social locations — cultural backgrounds such as religion, language, cuisine, social habits, arts, and specific family history of race, gender, socio-economic status, and education — that intersect for each of our clients, potentially manifesting as depression, suicidality, anger, low self-worth or any combination of emotions.