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The Art of Origami: An Art Therapist Explains its History and Use in Trauma Work

The Art of Origami: An Art Therapist Explains its History and Use in Trauma Work

May 29, 2019 | Trauma |#WeAreArtTherapists |

Origami within the context of an art therapy session can have many uses, including‒but not limited to‒ helping people deal with trauma, practicing mindfulness, and even promoting sensorimotor skills or frustration tolerance. However, the art form has a history that spans back even further than the term “origami” itself. We spoke with art therapist and creator of Expressive Origami Therapy (EOT), Toshiko Kobayashi, LCAT, ATCS, ATR-BC, to get a more in-depth look into the origins of origami, as well as its past and modern role in art therapy practice.

Featured Member: Jordan Potash, Editor in Chief, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association

Featured Member: Jordan Potash, Editor in Chief, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association

May 2, 2019 | #WeAreArtTherapists | Research |

“Research is fundamentally an exercise in curiosity. We are all researchers looking to explain the world. Any phenomenon is ripe for understanding. Researchers are wonderers who need to select the best method for the given situation. Some are best interpreted in stories, some in numbers, and others through art. They can be observed just once or repeatedly over time. Authors should keep in mind that when it comes time to communicate what they found and how they found it, they should write from that perspective’s frame of truth so their studies can be validated on its own terms.”

Laura Greenstone’s Vision for the African-American and Afro-Caribbean Art Therapy Student Scholarship

Laura Greenstone’s Vision for the African-American and Afro-Caribbean Art Therapy Student Scholarship

February 21, 2019 | By Jack Harris | #WeAreArtTherapists

Laura Greenstone died on July 18, 2018 suddenly, but not necessarily unexpectedly. In the year before she died, she had begun increasingly to talk about where she had been and where she was going, as well as where her profession had been and where it was going. Together we began to take steps to secure Laura’s work and legacy as we began some intensive estate and disability planning. As part of these efforts, Laura made a bequest of $25,000 to the American Art Therapy Association for the establishment of a scholarship to support masters-level African-American and Afro-Caribbean art therapy students.

Honoring African-American Art Therapy Pioneers

Honoring African-American Art Therapy Pioneers

February 14, 2019  | #WeAreArtTherapists

This Black History Month and year round, we honor the contributions of African-Americans to the field of art therapy and to the Association.  This year, as we celebrate the 365 days of our 50th Anniversary, we reflect on our history and look to the future of the American Art Therapy Association. 

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.

Featured Member: 2018 Conference Logo Artist Contributor

Featured Member: 2018 Conference Logo Artist Contributor

By Nina Hausfeld | June 14, 2018 | #WeAreArtTherapists

I feel deeply honored that my artwork was selected to serve as a visual representation of our theme of “Honoring Yesterday, Celebrating Today and Building Tomorrow.”  I think that the Board’s decision to add the lotus mandala extending beyond the boundaries of the colored center is what really transformed a visually pleasing background conceived by me into a meaningful symbol that encompasses this conference’s theme.

Voices of Art Therapy: Children’s Mental Health

Voices of Art Therapy: Children’s Mental Health

By Clara Keane | May 10, 2018 | Children | Trauma | #WeAreArtTherapists

In honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 10, 2018, we are sharing some stories written by art therapists who work with children and adolescents. The art making process allows for expression without words, helps establish safety, creates opportunities for coping, and offers a way to manage feelings, thoughts, and experiences for future exploration and insight.