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Encouraging the highest quality of Art Therapy services to the public; facilitating communication among members and colleagues; supporting state and federal legislative efforts that impact art therapy; disseminating information to the general public; and, recognizing excellence in Art Therapy in clinical, professional, educational, and research efforts.

The American Art Therapy Association connects you to the important work of Art Therapists around the world who use the creative process to help people of all ages improve their health and emotional well-being. The Association represents more than 5,000 members around the world and in its 40 Chapters throughout the United States.

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Don Jones, ATR, HLM 
1923 - 2015

It is with great sadness that the American Art Therapy Association announces the passing of art therapy pioneer and AATA Honorary Life Member, Don Jones, ATR. The AATA and the entire membership express our deepest condolences to Don's family, colleagues, and friends. He will be sorely missed in our profession and community.    

Don was an artist, teacher, theologian, social activist, and pioneer in the profession of art therapy. For nearly six decades he worked with adolescents and adults suffering all manner of mental and emotional disturbances. Along the way he painted-out his life story.

Don was a pioneer of art therapy in the United States. His career began during World War II when as a member of the Civilian Public Service Corps, he worked at Marlboro State Hospital in New Jersey. He was one of the founders of the American Art Therapy Association and was one of the early Presidents. He worked for 16 years at the Menninger Hospital in Topeka, KS, and later became the director of the adjunctive therapies department at Harding Hospital in Worthington, Ohio. At Harding he created the Clinical Internship in Art Therapy program that was one of the few clinical sites considered equivalent to a masters degree. Since his retirement he had continued to supervise students, consult with a number of treatment programs, and work in his studio.

Don's life and accomplishments will be reflected upon at the Annual AATA Conference in Minneapolis, MN, July 2015.

About Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the Art Therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

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More than 5,000 professionals, researchers, students, educators and healthcare providers find membership in the American Art Therapy Association a great investment in their continuing education and career. Outstanding member benefits include: the Art Therapy Journal, practice insurance, health insurance, discounted products and services, publications and the Annual Conference hosting hundreds of Art Therapists from around the world. Join your local Chapter to maximize your member benefits!