Dr. Temple Grandin Keynotes at American Art Therapy Conference

Dr. Grandin and 250 expert presenters gather in Minneapolis, July 8-12
Jan 26, 2015 5:35 PM ET

Alexandria, VA, January 26, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The premier annual event for art therapy will feature Dr. Temple Grandin, author, lecturer, professor, and expert on autism. In a keynote address, Dr. Grandin will share her personal experience and thoughts on the facilitation of art making for people with autism. She will subsequently co-facilitate a Master Class with Lisa Hinz, PhD, ATR and Linda Chapman, MA, ATR-BC on the intersection of neurobiological functions, information processing, and art therapy.

Over 250 authorities from more than 20 countries along with an expected attendance of 1,000 will gather in Minneapolis, MN, July 8-12, 2015. Bridging Cultural Terrains: Expanding the Lens of Art Therapy will focus on the wide array of settings in which art therapy promotes healing, health, and wellness. Presentations will explore theories, research, and innovative approaches that utilize art therapy in an increasingly complex world.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Grandin join us to bring her incredible story and significant expertise to our attendees," said Dr. Sarah Deaver, President, American Art Therapy Association. Deaver continued, "We are also grateful for the many experts who have agreed to contribute, making this one of the most widely attended and diverse conferences of our 46 years."

The Friday keynote, presented by Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATCS, LPAT and Lani Gerity, DA, ATR, will review the life and work of Edith Kramer, a prolific pioneer of the art therapy profession. The closing plenary on Saturday will feature Savneet Talwar, PhD, ATR-BC, Janis Timm-Bottos, PhD, ATR-BC, Cathy Moon, MA, ATR-BC, and Lynn Kapitan, PhD, ATR-BC, who will examine the social, historical, and ethical contexts in which art therapists live and work.

Early-Bird Registration for the conference closes on February 2, 2015. Dr. Grandin's Master Class requires a separate ticket and is expected to sell out, so interested parties are advised to register soon.

More information is available on the event website www.arttherapyconference.com, or contact the American Art Therapy Association's national office at (888) 290-0878.

About the American Art Therapy Association
The American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA) is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that making art is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy. For more information, please visit www.arttherapy.org