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Featured Member: Barbara Fish, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPC, 2019 Honorary Life Member

Featured Member: Barbara Fish, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPC, 2019 Honorary Life Member

December 18, 2019

“My advice for the next generation of art therapists is the same as the advice that was given to me. Use the tools that you offer to others to guide your own path. By employing our own creative process as a resource in our lives, we can understand the personal challenges and rewards of self-investigation. Without our ongoing personal practice, our requests for client involvement in image making can fall flat. I encourage art therapists to use their imaginations to explore, expanding the potential and public awareness of art therapy.”

Thank YOU for Making Our 50th Year a Success

Thank YOU for Making Our 50th Year a Success

December 17, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every member for making our 50th Anniversary Year a success! Please scroll through some highlights from our celebration including a collaborative video, testimonials of support, and photos from conference and social media.

Interview with Peter Buotte on “Invisible Wounds” Exhibit

Interview with Peter Buotte on “Invisible Wounds” Exhibit

November 12, 2019

Yesterday on Veteran’s Day, we shared a blog post by Peter Buotte, veteran, art therapist, and sculptor, on his exhibit “Invisible Wounds,” now on display in the Texas State Capitol ground floor Rotunda in Austin from November 11 to November 18, 2019. We asked Peter to answer a few questions about this exhibit and his art process! 

“Invisible Wounds” Exhibit in Texas State Capitol by Veteran and Art Therapist

“Invisible Wounds” Exhibit in Texas State Capitol by Veteran and Art Therapist

November 11, 2019 | By Peter J. Buotte

As an art therapist, I get to encounter the invisible consequences of war each day.  As an artist, this series intends to make visible the experience of today’s Wounded Warrior who was physically or mentally wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan from 2001 to the present.  In another act of courage, each service member has selected a gesture and posed as a sculpture. 

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.