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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.

Voices of Art Therapy: Trust and the Therapeutic Alliance

Voices of Art Therapy: Trust and the Therapeutic Alliance

By Kat Michel | April 12, 2018 | #WeAreArtTherapists

The therapeutic alliance between art therapist and client is the foundation for the clinical session, and it is through the quality and nature of this relationship that goals are set and achieved, and positive change occurs. A core part of this is the idea of trust: trust in the safety of the clinical space, trust in confidentiality, trust in a nonjudgmental approach to art making, and more. The following stories from Voices of Art Therapy highlight moments during which art therapists were able to meet clients at their levels, build rapport, and establish trust, all through the “simple” act of art making.

Featured Member: Charles Anderson, Art Therapy Pioneer

Featured Member: Charles Anderson, Art Therapy Pioneer

By Clara Keane | February 15, 2018 | #WeAreArtTherapists

Charles Anderson, ATR-BC, as a pioneer of the art therapy field, witnessed the profession take root and grow.  Retired at 77, he still works part-time at Stormont Vail West Hospital, serving clients in crisis and supervising students in the Emporia State University art therapy program.

Featured Member: Sarah Deaver, 2017 Recipient of Honorary Lifetime Member Award

Featured Member: Sarah Deaver, 2017 Recipient of Honorary Lifetime Member Award

By Clara Keane | January 4, 2018 | #wearearttherapists |

Sarah Deaver, PhD, ATR-BC, was awarded the 2017 Honorary Lifetime Member (HLM) award, the highest honor bestowed by the AATA. Nominees are considered based on contributions across three broad categories: (1) Breadth of influence upon the entire field of art therapy; (2) Enduring effect upon the entire field of art therapy; and (3) Importance of contributions as evaluated from an interdisciplinary viewpoint.  Dr. Deaver has contributed extensively on each of the above and has earned tremendous respect in the field of art therapy for her influential work and leadership.

Bringing Art to Life through Storytelling

Bringing Art to Life through Storytelling

By Sarah Margaret Wade | April 27, 2016 | About Art Therapy | Community | #WeAreArtTherapists

I recently attended a celebratory gala and art show at the University of Alabama to honor five years of Art to Life, a program of art therapy and storytelling for adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. Art to Life is a course sponsored by University of Alabama’s Honors College in collaboration with the Cognitive Dynamics Foundation in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.