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BREAKING NEWS
Emergency Trauma Recovery Resources to assist you in providing art therapy services following natural and man-made disasters.
U.S. Conference of Mayors Adopt Resolutions Supporting Creative Arts Therapies: Quoting from the resolutions: “The United States Conference of Mayors acknowledges the benefits of incorporating creative arts therapies into all forms of health care as a method to improve the quality and experience of health care delivery and to lower costs” and regarding the military, “urges Congress to designate funding to Department of Defense, TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs for Demonstration Projects for veterans and active military, increasing access to cost-effective creative arts services in healthcare treatment and programming for all military service men and women, veterans, their families and caregivers, in communities across the country.” Click here.

News & Updates



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Edith Kramer’s passing on February 21, 2014 at the age of 98 marks a life dedicated to mental health and the role of art in both communicating and healing. Our deepest gratitude is extended to Edith Kramer for her essential and significant contribution to art therapy. READ MORE. Members may click here to log in and view the Memorial Page that is being built to honor Edith Kramer’s contribution to the art therapy profession.
Why Art Therapy is Good for the Alzheimer' s Brain

Art as Therapy-Can Creative Expressive Soothe Dementia Symptoms?

How Effective is the iPad as an Art Therapy Medium?

Art Therapy in Health Care


Alzheimers Association

Beth Israel Center, Department of Integrative Medicine

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Johns Hopkins University Mayo Clinic

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Art Therapy in Health Care Bibliography

Top Medical Centers

Learn about the undergraduate and graduate requirements here:

Requirements of Art Therapy Education

Art Therapy Master’s Degree Programs

Arts Health Well Being White Paper

BBC News Magazine --
The Power of Art: Can creativity cure the sick?

Read what the American Cancer Society says about art therapy

National Center for Cultural Competence - Body/Mind/Spirit Toward a Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model of Health
Religion and spirituality can impact the way children and families interpret and respond to physical and mental health concerns. This resource provides an overview of how health professionals can take a holistic approach to wellness by addressing biological, physical, and spiritual needs together.

National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention | Project LAUNCH 
The goal for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is to promote child wellness by reducing fragmentation and integrating services at the state, tribal, and local levels. 

PBS Art Blog
Toolkits
Toolkits for Careers in Art Therapy developed in collaboration with leading employer groups to assist them to develop effective art therapy programs that produce results in growing career tracks.

The American Art Therapy Association partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation of America to develop this practice toolkit which provides art therapy information and resources for healthcare professionals as well as those individuals living with seizure disorders, their families, and caregivers. Please click here to access the toolkit

Art Therapy & Autism Spectrum Disorder: Integrating Creative Interventions: New Resources for its Chapters, Caregivers, and People on the Autism Spectrum

The Autism Society of America joined with the American Art Therapy Association to develop this toolkit which provides information and resources for healthcare professionals individuals on the Autism Spectrum, their families, and caregivers; practical guidance to assist in building or expanding an effective art therapy program; and, addresses some of the many opportunities for successful application and engagement of art therapy in ASD.
eating disorder Art Therapy’s Notable Impact On Eating Disorders And Healthy Eating:  Art Therapy’s Notable Impact on Eating Disorders and Healthy Eating

Art therapy offers a unique treatment option for individuals struggling with eating disorders. This toolkit provides information and program options for art therapists working with this population.
Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Patients: Art Therapy Supporting Patient Care in Medical Settings: Toolkit.

Art therapy provides therapeutic, healing benefits for patients in hospitals and other medical settings. To view the Association’s newest Toolkit and study model programs and read how art is being used to aid healing, please click here.

Implement A Successful Art Therapy Program With Youth Affected By Traumatic Events & Health Challenges: Implement a Successful Art Therapy Program for Youth Affected by Traumatic Events and Health Challenges to initiate and enhance an art therapy program for young people that helps them build resilience, improve self-esteem and competence, and develop coping skills. Explore the many positive outcomes of an effective art therapy program.
Gain Important Education Outcomes: Implement a Successful Art Therapy Program within K-12 Schools: K-12 Schools & Art Therapy - Gain Important Education Outcomes: Implement a Successful Art Therapy Program within K-12 Schools links art therapists, who provide professional and instructional services to students, with more than 13,000 public school systems nationwide in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators.

Older Adults & Art Therapy - Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Older Adults  provides links for senior living facilities, families, and community agencies to employ an art therapists for programs providing a safe, supportive, creative experience to help ease life transitions for older adults.
The Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Art Therapy launches “Resident Art Activities Best Practices Toolkit”  Art can be a powerful activity for older adults. This resource provides background information on the benefits of art therapy, and how it can help older adults work through their psychological issues to maximize both their psychological and physical health. Additionally, case studies of senior living communities that have successfully integrated art into their community’s activities have been included to provide successful ideas and programs to inspire your own art therapy program.

Launching and Managing Your Art Therapy Practice. This Toolkit assists practicing art therapists, new professionals, and students structure their practice effectively. The step by step guide and connection to resources is intended to be a convenient way for members to begin and continue to build a successful private practice career in art therapy. New information and practice management resources will be added to this on-line resource going forward. Members only access.

RESOURCES
Military Service Personnel and their Families & Art Therapy - Art therapists provide clinical and support services to military personnel and their families through military facilities, clinics, healthcare facilities and community organizations. Read more about art therapy and the military here.
The Department of Defense web site, "Virtual PTSD Experience", allows users to explore the causes and symptoms of post-traumatic stress in an anonymous setting on the Second Life virtual world platform. Visit the Virtual PTSD Experience web site.  More information and resources on PTSD

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