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5 Building Blocks to Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in All 50 States

5 Building Blocks to Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in All 50 States

October 17, 2019 | Advocacy

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary as an association, we are seeing great momentum in our licensure effort, with a new license signed into law just last month. Over fifty years, we have reached many milestones that illustrate our mission – 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.

Highlights from the Inaugural International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference Held in London

Highlights from the Inaugural International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference Held in London

July 25, 2019 | International | Research | #WeAreArtTherapists

“I am proud and excited to have been part of this inaugural research and practice conference held in collaboration with the British Association of Art Therapists.  I very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet and speak with art therapists from such diverse backgrounds, and I was completely impressed by depth and breadth of the research and practice occurring throughout the world.  The future of art therapy is indeed bright!” – AATA President Christianne Strang, PhD, ATR-BC

50 Years Ago Today…

50 Years Ago Today…

June 27, 2019 | By Christianne Strang | #WeAreArtTherapists

On June 27, 1969, a group of art therapists from across the United States and Canada met in Louisville, Kentucky with the hope of making “art therapy and its relationship to mental health and education more clearly defined and further developed.”  Their discussions, which lasted into the early hours of the next day, resulted in the adoption of a constitution for a new organization, the American Art Therapy Association.

Monthly Art Therapy Group Continues for Northern California Camp Fire Survivors

Monthly Art Therapy Group Continues for Northern California Camp Fire Survivors

June 27, 2019 | By Devora Weinapple

On November 8, 2018, a wind-whipped inferno ripped through and leveled the densely populated foothill town of Paradise in less than a day.  This urban firestorm, known as the Camp Fire, surpassed the worst fires to date in the state’s history, which had been those that devastated Sonoma and Mendocino Counties just in the previous fall of 2017.

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.