Welcome to the American Art Therapy Association!

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 it's 40 Chapters throughout the United States.
  About Art Therapy Find a Qualified Art Therapist
  Art Therapy Educational Requirements/Standards Careers in Art Therapy
  Approved Art Therapy Graduate Degree Programs Join the Network of Art Therapists
  History Research

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.  Learn More


Art Therapy Educational Standards & Approved Art Therapy Master's Degree Programs
A master’s degree is required for entry level practice in art therapy from institutions of higher education recognized by regional accreditation bodies approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The American Art Therapy Association’s Education Committee establishes the Education Standards used by the Educational Program Approval Board (EPAB) to review art therapy masters programs for compliance and accreditation.

Learn about the undergraduate and graduate requirements here:
Requirements of Art Therapy Education

Art Therapy Education
Educational Requirements/Standards
Approved Art Therapy Master's Programs
Institute for Continuing Educational in Art Therapy

Early Bird
Advanced Registration for the 2014 Annual Conference is now open!  Click here to visit the conference website. We invite you to join us for the 45th Annual Conference, Art Therapy: Trailblazing the Future, to be held July 9-13, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Register early for the best rates and to reserve seats in your top choices for Workshops and Advanced Practice Courses. Members, your 2014 membership must be active in order to qualify for the member discounted rates. Register for the conference today!

The 2013 Annual Conference was held in Seattle, WA in June 2013 – Click here to visit the Proceedings website where you can review the program, download abstracts, and request your Continuing Education Certificate.

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Find a Qualfied Art Therapist

Credentialed art therapists who meet the high level of education and experience required for the profession can be located through:
Find A Therapist
The American Art Therapy Association's Art Therapist Locator
The Association's 40 Chapters
Credentials can be verified through the Art Therapy Credentials Board

Careers in Art Therapy
Art therapy is widely practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings.
Art Therapy Career Center
Progams In Which Art Therapists Works
Art Therapy Programs in Top Medical Centers Across the Country

Join the Worldwide Network of Art Therapists
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 therapy form around the world. Join your local Chapter to maximize your member benefits!
Membership Categories
Membership Benefits
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association
Annual Conference
Art Therapy Students


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The practice of art therapy requires a master's degree in art therapy and often a license and credentials, depending on state regulations. We invite you to use use our on-line Find a Therapist (Art Therapist) and Art Therapist Locator to connect to local qualified art therapists.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association would like to welcome Cynthia Young Woodruff as the new Executive Director of the Association. Cynthia brings with her 20 years of experience in the corporate world, primarily in marketing and communications positions in the ABC and CBS radio networks.  Then in 2007, she made a values-driven move into the nonprofit arena, holding positions of leadership in two different organizations, Rebuilding Together, Inc. and SOS Children’s Villages – USA.  In these venues, she was extremely successful in fundraising, strategic growth, developing partnerships with corporations, and strategic planning. Please feel free to contact Cynthia by email.

Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association is an informative member benefit that attracts a worldwide audience of art therapists who want to stay current in the field. Members receive the journal and archived issues FREE as part of their member benefits.

If you are interested in contributing to the Journal by submitting Cover Artwork or an Article, members may click here. Click here for information about the Best Paper Award.

Not a member? If you are interested in subscribing to the Journal, please click here.