AATA Conference: Call for Proposals

2011 Annual Conference Call for Proposals:

AATA has extended the deadline until for conference proposals to 5:00 pm PST on Friday, September 24th. The theme of the 42nd Annual Conference is Creative Energy, Collective Efforts: Empowering the Art Therapy Journey will focus on Change, Growth, Sustainability, and Self-care. Proposals for this conference will only be accepted online though the conference proposal submission web site: http://www.xcdsystem.com/aata2011/.

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Student’s Professional Liability Insurance

Only $10!

Student Members of the American Art Therapy Association can purchase Professional Liability Insurance for their practicums and internships for only $10, through the Association. You have to be an active Student Member to be qualified. The Insurance policy is effective September 15, 2010 through September 15, 2011. Click here to purchase the insurance, or just login to the Members Only section of the website to learn more from the ‘welcome’ page. If you need more information, contact Barbara Florence, Director of Member Benefits & Resources at the American Art Therapy Association via email (bflorence@arttherapy.org).

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UPDATE: Summer 2010 Spotlight Story

Meah’s Journey

Art Therapy in Chennai, India

Meah Tweh a second year graduate art therapy student recently traveled to Chennai, India from 6/29/2010-07/22/2010 with The George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Summer Abroad Program course entitled 230.60 Art Therapy, International Social and Cultural Diversity to practice art therapy with the local population and to explore the art and cultural traditions in southern India.
The study abroad opportunity in Chennai, India provided her an opportunity to explore Indian culture by immersing herself in another culture.  She was able to learn cultural traditions, practices and beliefs of the people of Chennai, India while gaining a global perspective. This experience allowed Meah to learn about multicultural art therapy in such a way that a theory-laden classroom experience was unable to provide. With the service learning internship component of the course she was able to become more empathetic to diverse populations, and learned the importance of preparation when facilitating art activities. By stepping out of her comfort zone Meah was able to conquer self-imposed anxieties while dispelling cultural biases while meeting dynamic women from the George Washington University. Ultimately, Meah has become a more self-aware individual, challenged her world-views and discovered the true meaning of social and cultural diversity. 
 
Please, check these websites to track Meah’s progression through this important discovery if you have not already done so:

http://meahtweh.blogspot.com/2010_07_01_archive.html
http://www.youtube.com/MeahTweh
http://www.gwarttherapyindia.blogspot.com
 
Other websites of interest:
 
http://www.MeahTweh.com
http://www.facebook.com/MeahTweh
http://www.twitter.com/MeahTweh

For more information about The George Washington University Study Abroad Program:
http://www.studyabroad.gwu.edu

For more information about the Wayne State University Art Therapy Program visit:
http://www2.coe.wayne.edu/ted/art-therapy/

For more information about Art Therapy as a profession, visit:
http://www.arttherapy.org/
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Meah.

Meah K. Tweh
Wayne State University
Graduate Student
Art Therapy Department
Email: meahtweh@wayne.edu

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Summer 2010 Spotlight Story: Art Therapy in Chennai, India

Please take a moment to read about the excellent work that Meah Tweh has just begun in India:
 
Good afternoon,

My name is Meah Tweh and I am a Wayne State University Art Therapy/Counseling Graduate student  that will be traveling to Chennai, India with The George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Summer Abroad Program course entitled 230.60 Art Therapy, International Social and Cultural Diversity to practice art therapy with the local population and to explore the art and cultural traditions in southern India.
This will be a journey for me to become aware of the implications of cross-cultural relationships in art therapy, understand the effects of my worldviews on therapeutic relationships, to gain knowledge of specific racial and cultural populations, and also to effectively engage in cross-cultural therapeutic relationships by taking part in clinical volunteer hours to work with the local population in Chennai, India and nearby cities. I plan to use social media daily to update all interested parties about my travels.

Please, join me in my discovery by checking these websites:

http://www.meahtweh.com
http://www.meahtweh.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/meahtweh
http://www.twitter.com/meahtweh
http://www.gwarttherapyindia.blogspot.com

For more information about The George Washington University Study Abroad Program:
http://www.studyabroad.gwu.edu

For more information about the Wayne State University Art Therapy Program visit:
http://www2.coe.wayne.edu/ted/art-therapy/

For more information about Art Therapy as a profession, visit:
http://www.arttherapy.org/

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

Meah

Meah K. Tweh
Graduate Student
Art Therapy Department
Wayne State University
Email: meahtweh@wayne.edu

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Here Comes the Sun: Art Therapy Student Summer Spotlight

What are some of the projects, events, community service, research, etc. that you are doing as a student or as an organization this summer?  Feel free to advertise an event here if you are looking for volunteers in your area to help out.

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Call to all student-run art therapy associations!

Hello art therapy scholars!  In an effort to connect the student-run art therapy associations and those interested in starting one, let’s start by bringing our information to one space.  Please comment on this post with your college or university and any websites or blogs related to your program or association.  The links will be added to the Blogroll and our conversation can start!

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Art Therapy in April

Take a look at some of the news and events from April:

APRIL 14  ARTS ADVOCACY DAY 2010 – Amazing day on the Hill! AATA was there with hundreds of advocates on Tuesday supporting arts funding and the important role of the arts in health care. After a kick-off event in the House of Representatives, AATA staff and members attended a House hearing, “Arts Build Communities,” and met with members of Congress. (Go to appropriations.house.gov/ to see a webcast of the hearing – great witnesses, including actor Jeff Daniels). After the hearing, AATA spoke with Retired General Nolen Bivens about the testimony he gave on the importance of creative arts therapies in VA and military hospitals and talked about the possibility of working together in the future. For full coverage of the events, see the Press page at www.artsusa.org.
 

APRIL 16  APRIL IS NATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH - Hitting bookstores in April is Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism, which includes the chapter Art Therapy Approaches to Treating Autism written by noted art therapists and American Art Therapy Association members Nicole Martin and Donna Betts! If you’re an art therapist serving children or adults with autism or conditions within the autism spectrum, let us know at jclark@arttherapy.org – we’re working on policy issues related to autism and want to hear from you.

APRIL 17 - Check out the Sacramento Bee’s recent article on Peggy Gulshen (ATR-BC, MFT), an American Art Therapy Association member and facilitator of the Sutter Health children’s bereavement art program. Peggy uses art therapy to help kids who have lost loved ones, serving more than 9,000 children over the last 25 years. Read the article at www.sacbee.com/2010/03/23/2626138/sutter-art-program-helps-kids.html and learn more about the program and Peggy at checksutterfirst.org/children/services/pedprgms_childbereave.cfm.

APRIL 18-24 IS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK – CELEBRATING PEOPLE IN ACTION – For almost 40 years this week has honored “ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation.” A great source for finding volunteer opportunities all over the world is www.idealist.org, a project of Action Without Borders. In their current listings: “Washington, DC organization seeking a professional ART THERAPIST to volunteer one art therapy session per week in a group setting to individuals struggling within food addiction/eating disorders (call 571-255-9906 if interested).” What kind of volunteer opportunities are out there for art therapists in your community?

APRIL 20 -  SUMMER IS COMING – ARE THERE ART THERAPY CAMPS IN YOUR STATE? The Child and Family Art Therapy Center in Paoli, Pennsylvania – run by art therapist and AATA member Michael Fogel, and staffed by an amazing team of art therapists – runs the Art of Friendship Summer Social Skills Camp, one-week sessions all summer with separate groups for elementary school students, and middle and high school students. Check out the camp brochure at www.childandfamilyarttherapycenter.com/Camp-brochure.pdf. Do you have summer camps in your state that feature art therapy and other expressive arts?

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