On April 15, 2016, Dr. Jordan Potash, ATR-BC, REAT, LCPAT, LCAT, represented the American Art Therapy Association at Color Party: TEDx NYU (New York University). As a student organization, TEDx NYU plans annual conferences and smaller community events that act as platforms to address pertinent topics. Along with fellow art therapists and digital arts developers, Dr. Potash discussed adult coloring books by comparing it to other leisure-based and success-oriented activities and contrasting it to art therapy, a regulated mental health profession.
In her article, art therapist Angel Duncan describes her conversation with Kim Campbell: "'I have a black eye, but I'm hanging in there.' Kim Campbell tells me. 'Caregiving is hard,' she says. 'I don't know how people do it.'"
On behalf of our friends at The British Association of Art Therapists, we are delighted to direct our readers to a special online issue of the Huffington Post UK, edited by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, for the UK's Children's Mental Health Week. As part of this issue, Mary Rose Brady, BAAT Director of Operations, authored an article on art therapy and children's mental health.
Art Therapy Today provides readers with the most up-to-date information about The American Art Therapy Association's (AATA) activities, current news related to the art therapy profession, and announcements pertaining to events or opportunities provided by the AATA.
Caroline Peterson, a Board-Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, looks beyond the commodification of mindfulness and discusses the deep relationship between art therapy and mindfulness practice. Citing history, research, and evidence-based outcomes in areas like mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT), she identifies the combination of the two approaches as a "powerful compass" that can lead to personal growth and understanding.
In this issue of Art Therapy Today, Raquel Chapin Stephenson, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LCAT, describes how art therapy can help reduce social isolation and loneliness in people with dementia by providing a new pathway for communication. Additionally, the AATA releases new details about how to support new professional art therapists during its #GivingTuesday campaign. Sara Windrem, the AATA Featured Member, discusses who inspired her career in art therapy and the methods she uses in her work with Veterans.