AATA Conference Updates 2018
From Assembly of Chapters meeting:
Encouraged to make sure the chapter website includes a link to the ATCB
Call for chapters to share the ATCB blog articles on their own social media
Reminder that there are updates rules that go into effect for graduates after 2018 (e.g., regarding supervision toward the ATR)
ATP (provisional) continues to be optional and encouraged, not mandatory
Licensure and title protection legislation is moving forward in several states, 22 states now have some legislature in place that address art therapy
AATA has resources (like someone to write the proposed bill) to help for any state that wishes to pursue licensure
Ideas and action from other chapters included – doing a membership survey to see what chapter members want, monthly meetups that are participant led or focused on connection and art making (i.e., not CEUs), having local conferences and retreats (or partnering with another local organization that is putting on a mental health conference), community art activities at Pride events and Women’s March, art display (of children’s art about mental health) at the capital bldg. for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, disaster relief and trauma response activities
2019 is the 50th Anniversary of AATA, a year-long celebration will begin Jan 1st.
Chapters are encouraged to share content on social media (use #AATA50th), there will be a special event page created
Participate in online conversations on the MyAATA forum
Contribute to the crowdsourced video project by taking short videos and adding photos to the project on the SeenIt Capture app (piloted to delegates during conference and all members will be invited to contribute soon)
AATA is trying to take a more flexible approach to what local AT groups and chapters are like; adjust your chapter as needed to meet the needs of your members and local community
An “equity” model instead of “equality” – not everyone needs to be the same, focus on everyone gets their needs met
Encouraged chapters to think about how you can form “coalitions” with like-minded organizations to achieve a joint goal.
Other discussion about how to pursue AT licensure (or other legislature) in your state – AATA can provide guidance and support if someone wants to work on this
From AATA Member’s meeting:
AATA has added a priority to the Strategic Plan for “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”
AATA board received outside consultation and training in order to better implement this priority in the organization
Continue to work on better communication to members and better listening to members
Will be sending out a survey to gather data from the membership, which will shape the goals and actions of AATA
Have done more to send out emails and updates
Feel free to email AATA with any thoughts, concerns, and questions
The resolution process has been expanded so that it can take place year round, not just a conference
Political and social issues
Karen Pence is NOT a spokesperson for AATA. AATA’s role is the provide her with accurate information about art therapy (as well as informing the public directly)
AATA speaks up for Art Therapy for all
Created first voter education guide for voting with art therapy in min
AATA has taken more action to create and publicize position statements and to sign on to joint statements with other mental health organizations (e.g., in support of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, in response to the negative statements from Jeff Sessions about mental health, and against the separation of migrant children from parents)
The first art therapy graduate program has been received CAHEP accreditation
More programs are expected to be approved soon
Third party accreditation (no longer ACATE accreditation) is essential moving forward to protect student ability to get other mental health licenses, as well as for creating new AT licenses and getting insurance reimbursement for art therapy
3 insurance companies have contacted AATA in order to learn more about art therapy and consider insurance reimbursement for art therapy
An independent audit of finances is done every year, 2017 finances were certified “clean”
Yearly revenue increased, investment performance was good, budget – expenditures are in line with revenue
Mental Health Liaison Group – AATA participates as one of 40 professional organizations
National Park Service (& Office of Public Health) are talking with AATA about idea of posting an Art Therapist in every national park
First international art therapy conference will be held in London in July 2019, joint effort between BAAT and AATA
Included art therapy in a video about trauma treatment
AATA participated in event with SAMSHA to meet with 12 state first ladies who are committed to mental health
Stephen Colbert auction raised $22,000 and was donated to AATA, put directly in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion fund
Blogs on AATA and ATCB
MyAATA now includes an online forum to build discussion and community
Improvements made to the Institute of Continuing Education
Resolution was introduced by a member to dissuade art therapists from any training or supervision of non-art therapists in the practice of art therapy, and then rescind the 2011 ethics guideline “Art Therapists Training Non-Art Therapists.”
After a handful of discussion comments, the resolution was referred to the Ethics Committee for further review. Ethics committee members spoke up to say that existing guidelines already provide specific guidance that any Art Therapist offering training must clarify that this training is different than the graduate level training that is needed in order to be an “Art Therapist” and must focus on how the other mental health professionals can use art within their scope of practice. (i.e., they cannot practice “art therapy,” even if they use art in therapy)
Family Crisis Center Full Time Counseling Position
PO Box 736/431 Old Austin Highway
Bastrop, TX 78602
Family Crisis Center provides immediate crisis intervention, individual/family/group counseling, prevention education, and violence intervention services to individuals and families experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or other types of victimization.
We are currently seeking a full-time counselor who has specialized knowledge of art and/or play therapy techniques, helping processes, child development, parenting skills, and the effects of power and control dynamics in a family, interpersonal, and community setting.
Responsibilities and Duties
Behave and communicate in a client centered manner while performing all work tasks and duties
Ability to work and communicate effectively in a team setting
Manage case documentation and other grant responsibilities in a timely manner
Communicate with outside agencies such as schools, law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and other service providers in the community
Conduct individual therapeutic services with adults
Conduct individual therapeutic services with children and adolescents in a school setting
Facilitate group therapeutic services with children, teens, and adults
Execute art and/or play therapy, or other experiential therapeutic practices
Demonstrate case management skills and knowledge of or ability to connect with other local resources for appropriate referrals
Skills & Specifications:
Understanding and background using strengths-based, client-centered counseling approach
Practice in facilitating expressive art and play, meditation, grounding, and other experiential therapeutic techniques preferred
Experience working in a residential or shelter setting, a plus
Ability to act effectively and compassionately in a crisis situation
Knowledge of evidence-based frameworks and interventions relevant to mental health conditions, i.e., trauma informed care, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
Must be able to pass the Center's Criminal Background Check requirements, possess a valid driver's license, and have reliable transportation with proof of proper auto liability insurance coverage
Education & Qualification:
Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or social work (LMSW, LCSW, LPC-i, LPC, LMFT) from an accredited institution and current Texas license will be shown preference
One or more years’ experience conducting individual, family, or group therapeutic services
Four or more years’ experience in a victim advocacy agency, social service environment, mental health agency, or other related experience
Equivalent combination of education and experience
This is a full-time position, intended for weekday business hours.
Two evenings a week required for group counseling
If interested, please email your resume to email@example.com
On July 27-28th 2018 "Black Art In America" presented Military Inspired Art Exhibit https://blackartinamerica.com/index.php/2018/07/05/m-i-a-military-inspired-art-show-houston-summer-2018/
Last weekend we had the pleasure of presenting this show at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas. Since America’s inception, African Americans have made contributions to the defense of the country, and have made a lasting impression on the World of Art. There is no doubt that times of war had and still has a major influence on Art. What may not be known to the masses is that some of our men and women in the armed forces are also artists.
In an effort to pay homage to that bravery, heroism and artistry, the M.I.A. : Military Inspired Art show will create an atmosphere where veterans and active duty men and women of all ethnicities can showcase their talents off the battlefield, along with modern and contemporary artists who may have been influenced by the military.
Visionary & Humanitarian,Chair AVAFEST COMMITTEE
The TX State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Application & Supervision Issues Committees
The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors is an independent licensing board administratively attached to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
The Board will convene a public meeting on
July 11, 2018. Please visit the following link to
view and/or print meeting agendas, which include dates, times, locations, and topics of action and/or discussion.
Altered Pages & Random Acts of Creative Kindness
We are a group of art therapists who want to share the healing power in creating art. We invite participants to explore art making through recycled materials - creating altered book pages, black out poetry, and random acts of creative kindness.
Join us May 5th and 6th at the Maker Faire at Palmer Event Center in Austin TX.
Check out this great opportunity!
Presenter: Dr. Moe Peck
Free for STATA members
$15 for non members
Location: St Edwards University Doyle Hall Rm. 132
STATA has an opportunity to hang an art show at the Bass Concert Hall and all STATA members are invited to participate.
Installation of the show would be the first or second week in January and the show will stay up until March.
There is no specific theme or size, so you are encouraged to submit any art pieces that you are excited about. We have not been given a size limit, but be mindful that art pieces need to have a way to be hung (make sure your art is ready to hang, either framed or with hanging wire in the canvas). Feel free to use art that was already in the Connections show.
Initial signup is for 1 piece each, but this may be expanded, depending on the number of therapists that want to participate. Bass Concert Hall will take the info from this spreadsheet to create display tags.
You must sign up on the Google spreadsheet if you want to participate:
Harvey Arts Recovery Project is looking for creative arts therapist to volunteer at workshops.
Note: This is not a STATA coordinated project and we are one of many sponsors. To support this effort STATA is offering offering 6- $25 Amazon gift cards to any STATA member who volunteers! Simply email your volunteer confirmation/registration to Lindsey Taucher, STATA treasurer! Lindsey's email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
See announcement from HARP below:
HARP (Harvey Arts Recovery Project) is the partnering of local creative arts therapists, community artists/ musicians, and figures within several non-for- profits, government, and arts organizations throughout the City of Houston to collaborate and aid one another in the recovery and relief of fellow Houstonians in the wake of Harvey.
HARP’s most recent endeavor has been the planning and future implementation of Harvey Healing Days, a series of days that host 90 minute sessions led by Art and Music Therapists and yoga instructors to facilitate positive ways for first responders, evacuees, and others affected to cope and express via music, art making, and movement. The inaugural day is set to take place Saturday, November 4th and will be serving both the adults and children's still displaced from their homes and typical walk of life during this event.
Volunteers must attend at least two sessions: the first session (November 4th) and one of the next 3 sessions
The TMC CAT team will organize four sessions; November 4th, one in the beginning of February, one in April, and one in August for the "anniversary".
- Art Therapy and other Creative Arts Therapist volunteers will learn how to help facilitate the workshop in the November 4th workshop. We will then need 3-4 Art Therapists (and 3-4 music therapists, etc) at each of the subsequent workshops to facilitate with help from the TMC CATs.
- If Art Therapists want to bring this workshop to their own communities, they are more than welcome to, but TMC CAT will only be helping facilitate the 4 I have already mentioned.
This is the link for people wanting to sign up to be facilitators: https://goo.gl/forms/diXZxTG2x7BO7aBA2
Art Therapist and STATA member, Dr. Moe Peck offers regular CEU trainings on stress reduction and ethics. There are still two dates for 2017.
Stress Reduction/Mental Training (10 CEUs): Saturday, 9:00am-7:00pm
Nov 4, Dec 2
Ethics Review (3 CEUs): Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm
Nov 5, Dec 3
Saturday $150, Sunday $75, or both for $200
To register or for questions, contact Dr. Peck at email@example.com
For more information about Dr. Peck, visit moe.peck.tripod.com
Announcing the new STATA Board of Directors for 2018! Special thanks to the following people who have volunteered their time and passion to serve as your STATA BOD.
Deann Acton is the President from 2018-2020. At the end of 2018, a new President Elect is selected by this BOD.
Yadi Puente Web Master (San Antonio)
Salina Shelton Newsletter (San Antonio)
Lindsey Taucher Treasurer (Austin)
Frances Fazzio Secretary (Austin)
Carolyn Mehlomakulu Chapter delegate (Austin)
Special thanks to Peter Buotte (from Killeen) for volunteering to serve as the Governmental Affairs representative.
OPENINGS: Den leaders for Austin and Houston!
Please let STATA know if you are interested in being the den leader for your region. Den leaders help coordinate events at the local level. The den leaders work in collaboration with STATA to help promote the event, support CEU's and funding. All members are welcome at den events. Since STATA is so geographically spread out, the dens truly help keep members connected and create additional opportunities for members. If you have questions please let myself or Salina Shelton know. Salina Shelton is the den leader for San Antonio.
Deep in the Art of Texas
Even if you were not able to make it to the reception, you can still enjoy the beautiful art and support Hurricane Harvey by purchasing one of the donated fundraiser paintings. Our image gallery below includes several pieces from the show, some have been donated for fundraising and some are for sale by the artist.
"All is connected...no one things can change by itself." - Paul Hawken
This year's theme "Connections" was chosen in early 2017. However, the recent impacts of hurricane Harvey brought a deeper meaning to the art show. Our national organization and art therapists from surrounding states reached out, offering ways to help Texas. To support communities impacted, STATA developed a fundraising campaign called "Deep in the Art of Texas."
Proceeds from this campaign, including the sale of donated art pieces in our annual show, will directly benefit Harvey relief efforts. Potential projects include murals in towns rebuilding, community wellness workshops, and art supplies for schools/shelters. Thank you to the STATA members and our art therapist friends in Louisiana who have donated their art pieces.
To purchase a painting for the fundraiser, email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest. Be sure to include the title and artist name. Donate art work is indicated in the image description.
Art Therapy Lunch & Learn
Zombie Apocalypse – Understanding the “UnDead” Archetype and Its Importance to Our Culture
The Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio, TX 78229
Event Date: October 10, 2017
Time: Noon to 2 pm
What is it with all these Zombies? It’s not just Hollywood movies – they have their own TV shows, local parades, and handbooks! Every Halloween, at least a few kids put on green make-up, fit a plastic cleaver into their heads, and stumble out their doors to collect candy. What’s going on? In this workshop, we will delve into this persistent and somewhat bizarre message from the collective unconscious. We might as well try to understand them, because they aren’t going away!
Speaker: Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC-AT, ATR-BC
Note: This is a bring-your-own brown bag lunch. The Center will provide drinks.
CEU's Available: This workshop is approved for 2 continuing education units for LPC, LMFT, Social Workers, Educators, Clergy
Art Studio at the Ecumenical Center - Saturday, September 23!
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
FREE Registration at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee7ecspb11179865&oseq=&c=&ch=
Open Art Studio is a wonderful opportunity for people of ALL AGES (6 to 106 years) to use art materials in a playful manner in a relaxed setting. This creative experience is FREE! All materials are provided.
Open Art Studio happens every fourth Saturday 10 am to 1 pm (except this December) and is led by Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC-AT. This month its on September 23! You are welcome to bring your own art materials as well as the materials provided. Prompts to help you start on your own artistic project are provided and there are plenty of folks available to help you.
2017 STATA Annual Art Show
"All is connected... no one thing can change by itself." -Paul Hawken
Join us for the reception for the 2017 art show. Friends and family are invited to join with the STATA community to celebrate our annual art show. Light appetizers will be provided by STATA. Drinks and additional food available for purchase.
October 1st 3:00-5:00pm
1110 W. 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703
downstairs meeting room in the annex building, the Victorian
The show will be on display until November 5th.
Yadi Puente has started a non profit organization called Artvango. The focus will be on providing different expressive forms of therapy for the San Antonio children in foster care.
Thank you to everyone who contributed used shoes to Artvango. The goal was to collect 1,000 shoes in 60 days and nearly 3,000 pairs were raised! Working together made this fundraiser a success, Thank you!
If you are interested in being a mental health volunteer for victims of Hurricane Harvey, here is some info to know from Pat Grajkowski:
Volunteering for the Red Cross can be done online - go to redcross.org and follow the prompts. A background check is required and that can be completed online as well.
The current licensure requirements for Disaster Mental Health are as follows: LPC, LPC-I, LMFT, LMFT-A, LCSW, LMSW, Psychologist.
All who complete the online requirements should also bring along a copy of their license. Austin area EBVs should go to the Convention Center and follow the Red Cross signs.
Event Based Volunteers (EBV) are needed in the Austin, San Antonio, and Houston areas - asmany as are willing to help. Recovery from this disaster is going to take a very long time. If you can give a few days or however long, it will certainly be appreciated. Also, if you know of anyone else who might be willing to volunteer - not necessarily for Disaster Mental Health, please encourage them to go to redcross.org to sign up. There are many areas where volunteers are needed.
Right now at the Austin Convention Center, preparations are being made to shelter over 7,000 people! There are additionalshelters opened all over the the impacted and surrounding areas.
WE NEED EVERYONE WHO IS WILLING AND ABLE TO HELP OUR TRAUMATIZED SISTERS AND BROTHERS-WE ARE ALL CONNECTED!!!
The San Antonio Den will be meeting on Sept 10, from 1-4pm at Salina Shelton's home . Please RSVP to Salina at (210) 274-6863 or email@example.com for the address.
We will discuss information shared at the STATA meeting, Holiday party, etc., as well as updates on local events and work on art for the art show.
2017 STATA Annual Art Show
"All is connected... no one thing can change by itself." -Paul Hawken
Participants asked to submit artwork in response to the quote and theme of "connections". Imagery represents the artist's experience of connections in various capacities such as connections with: ourselves, our work, our community, nationally and/or globally.
Sign up by Sept 15th, directions below.
1110 W. 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703
downstairs meeting room in the annex building, the Victorian
Mark your calendar, dates for the event:
September 15th deadline to sign up with complete info
September 24th hanging at 3-5pm
October 1st reception 3-5pm
November 5th take down your art
Open the link below to enter: name & credentials, title of piece, medium, contact information, reflection statement (how does your piece represent the theme) and price if selling. Tip: Scroll over on the google doc to find all entry fields
12 x 12 canvas, each participant can submit up to 3 pieces, framed or unframed pieces
must use commando strips only, no nails or hammering
can take down all existing artwork and use their nails and rails
can use chair rails and windowsills, too
STATA will provide hanging materials
Want to have your artwork featured on the publicity postcard?
Send a jpg image of your art submission to Bess Green by Sept. 9th (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a chance to be selected. The postcard can feature up to 8 images..
"Pathways to Practice" CEU presentation and STATA meeting
Date: Sunday, August 6th 2017
Location: St. Edwards University, Doyle Hall (Directions below)
2 CEU's offered
Join us for a presentation from two therapists about their career pathways and how they use art in the healing of their clients. The training will include an art experiential with all materials provided.
Our meetings are potluck style for refreshments. Please bring a snack or beverage to share.
You must RSVP online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pathways-to-practice-art-therapy-career-presentation-tickets-36193427516
- Understand the journeys of two art therapy careers
- Learn about two sites, commonalities and differences in therapeutic care provided for military populations
- Identify three Art Therapy interventions and therapeutic goals from each site
- Participate in an art experiential which highlights our professional pathways to practice and overall connection to the greater Art Therapy community!
Peter Buotte, MFA, MPS
Mandy Rutherford, LCSW
We will meet in Doyle Hall, building number 12 on the map linked here: https://stedwards.box.com/shared/static/5d39db5j5z9vllu0j8uwon4mm7yk22xh.pdf
Enter from Congress Ave and proceed onto campus from the main entrance. Turn left at first stop sign. You will pass a large parking lot on the left and the Arts building on right. Park in the lot on the left, across from Doyle Hall. You can enter the building through the courtyard or the front.
Hi everyone - we got news this week about 3 job opportunities looking for art therapists. Info below.
YES Waiver Contract - Bluebonnet Trails
Bluebonnet Trails is looking to contract with certified Art Therapists or students who are working on their certification to work with children with severe emotional disturbance. They serve 8 counties surrounding Austin.
Epilepsy Foundation - 6 week studio project
The Epilepsy Foundation is looking for an art therapist and Austin-area location to organize their yearly art therapy studio program. The program allows for an individual to explore their creativity, meet others with Epilepsy and express themselves in an open and accepting and safe group setting! The program would run one day a week for 6 weeks culminating with a show, hopefully in the studio of the Art Therapist.
Silverado Onion Creek Memory Care Community
Looking for an art therapist that has experience with dementia and memory care.
Contact Ashley Urjil-Mills
Tel (512) 280-2030
11330 Farrah Lane
Austin, TX 78748