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Connecting and Reassessing during Coronavirus, a Message from AATA President Dr. Carlock-Russo

Connecting and Reassessing during Coronavirus, a Message from AATA President Dr. Carlock-Russo

April 7, 2020 | Margaret Carlock-Russo

As I sit here wondering what I want to share with you about the current state of affairs in the U.S. and the world, I can’t help but think about the connectedness that has grown from this horrible situation. Like most of you, I am staying home, communicating virtually with colleagues, students, clients, family, and friends. It’s a humbling experience.

From an Online Art Therapy Grad Student, Here are 5 Tips for Making the Transition to Virtual

From an Online Art Therapy Grad Student, Here are 5 Tips for Making the Transition to Virtual

April 6, 2020 | Trica Zeyher

When I found out that my internship site was going to be transitioning to telehealth therapy from face-to-face services due to coronavirus social distancing, I felt prepared from my online graduate experiences. Edinboro University’s online art therapy program provided me with practice to succeed even in these challenging times. Here are my top 5 tips of how to succeed in an online art therapy master’s program.

Virtual Intimacy in Therapy and in Life

Virtual Intimacy in Therapy and in Life

April 6, 2020 | Trica Zeyher

As we enter week-four of our new reality of social distancing, everything has changed. Even though my art therapy master’s program at Edinboro University is already online, I have experienced upheavals in my own life and witnessed similar chaos in the lives of my clients, educators, friends and family. Already knowing the benefits of virtual intimacy in therapy from my own online studies and experience as a client, I would like to share what I have been thinking about during this coronavirus social distancing.

Affirmations for Coping during Coronavirus Times

Affirmations for Coping during Coronavirus Times

March 30, 2020 | Gioia Chilton

What I do matters for my community
I wash my hands, for myself and others
We can get through this together
Teamwork makes the dream work
Together we protect each other

To My Colleagues that are Changing Everything, Here are 5 Tips for Effectively Teaching Art Therapy Online

To My Colleagues that are Changing Everything, Here are 5 Tips for Effectively Teaching Art Therapy Online

March 20, 2020 | Carolyn Brown Treadon

To say the last week has been challenging is an understatement! As we all quickly learn to navigate challenges in our daily lives in response to COVID-19, many are also working to get courses and clients transitioned to an online platform.  With the help of my colleagues at Edinboro University, where we offer an art therapy master’s program that can be completed 100 percent online, I put this resource together to offer some advice to colleagues in other programs navigating this transition.

Reflections on Creative Arts Therapies Week during COVID-19

Reflections on Creative Arts Therapies Week during COVID-19

March 20, 2020 | Gretchen Miller

Every year we celebrate Creative Arts Therapies Week with the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies (NCCATA). Along with our colleagues not only in art therapy but also in music therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, poetry therapy, and psychodrama, we take time to bring awareness to the power of our professions and to our roles in the mental health field.

Antiracist Approach to Art Therapy: Re-examining Core Concepts

Antiracist Approach to Art Therapy: Re-examining Core Concepts

February 26, 2020 | Jordan S. Potash

As a White art therapist who has worked cross-racially for almost my entire career, I am regularly reminded that there are always racial-social-political influences that enter into the art therapy relationship. My current work in an open art therapy studio at a drop-in center for runaway and homeless adolescents and young adults, most of whom are Black, reinforces three strategies for art therapists for understanding and responding to power differentials.

3 Ways for Therapists to Address Barriers to Seeking Therapy

3 Ways for Therapists to Address Barriers to Seeking Therapy

February 25, 2020 | Angela Roman Clack

I am pleased to participate in this blog series reemphasizing the themes covered in the “Breaking the Chains of Racial Trauma in Therapy” panel at the AATA’s 50th conference . In the panel presentation, I shared examples from my work with Black women to demonstrate how racism contributes to a denial of one’s psychological stress or acknowledgement of how therapy could be beneficial. Living life in black skin is an undeniable racialized existence.

Creative Healing Spaces: Healing From Racial Wounds

Creative Healing Spaces: Healing From Racial Wounds

February 24, 2020 | Lindsey Vance

Growing up in a community that did not speak of mental health care or seeing a therapist, this idea of a career path was foreign to me. Explaining to my family that I was going to be an Art Therapist was even more so confusing, however I went on to be one. The privilege to work in various clinical and community-based settings afforded me the opportunity to recognize that I was not alone in my childhood stigma of misunderstanding and distrust for psychotherapy, but rather various clients of color shared this same belief.

Framing Race in the Context of Art Therapy

Framing Race in the Context of Art Therapy

February 20, 2020 | Cheryl Doby-Copeland

The 400th anniversary of the arrival in America of the first enslaved people from West Africa validated my interest in the generational impact of racial trauma. The New York Times Magazine 1619 Project galvanized me to consider how historical racial trauma has not been a primary treatment consideration in my client caseload.