Terms and Conditions

Terms of Use

Be polite and do not comment when angry. Once the message has been sent, you will not be able to recover it.

Consider the content and check spelling and grammar before sending your message.

When you comment, make reference to the original message. You may want to add an opening line such as “I agree”, “My experience has been….”, or “Have you considered?”

Don’t make personal remarks or speak disrespectfully about any group or person, or make veiled reference to others in a derogatory manner.

Include your signature on your comment so those who read it know who it’s from. Your comments will be read by other members who visit the blog for some time to come. 

Don’t write in all CAPITALS as this is considered SHOUTING.

Follow the Ethical Principles of Art Therapy in all you convey.

If you would like to send pictures or other background to post, send them to info@arttherapy.org noting they are for the Art Therapy Network and that you have the applicable releases. Make sure you have all releases for photo’s or other content you would like to post.

Read the Terms and Conditions. Participation in the Art Therapy Network means that you agree to the Terms and Conditions. 

Terms of Use

The American Art Therapy Associations operates Art Therapy Net (AT-NET) for its members to discuss in an open accessible forum your practice experiences, research, creative thinking and good ideas.  We would like to invite you to use AT-Net and comment whenever you would like. This is a members only benefit.  

Art Therapy Net is designed to give you the opportunity to discuss matters related to our profession in a congenial, encouraging, open and positive manner. AT-Net encourages you to express yourself freely and is governed by simple principles of participation.  Please read through the Terms of Use and Terms of Service.  By your participation, you agree to the terms and conditions.  Welcome to AT-Net.

It is important that you be responsible for what you publish. In particular, make sure that none of the prohibited items listed on the Terms of Service are placed on this site or get linked to it from your site (things like spam, viruses, or hate content). If you find a comment that you believe violates our terms of use, please immediately view our complaints page and contact info@arttherapy.org.  

For general questions about the organization contact info@arttherapy.org or for customer service support please use the Listening Post.

Terms of Service:

The following terms and conditions govern all use of the Art Therapy Net, site which is powered by WordPress.com website and all content, services and products available at or through the website, including, but not limited to, the WordPress.com VIP hosting service (“VIP Service”), (taken together, the Website). The Website is operated by the American Art Therapy Association and its vendors. The Website is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, AATA’s Privacy Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site by the American Art Therapy Association (collectively, the “Agreement”). 

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by the American Art Therapy Association, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old.

  1. Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:
    • the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
    • if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
    • you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
    • the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
    • the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
    • the Content is not pornographic, libelous or defamatory (more info on what that means), does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
    • your blog is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
    • your blog is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your blog’s URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your own; and
    • you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by Automatic or otherwise.

By submitting Content to the American Art Therapy Association for inclusion on our Website, you grant American Art Therapy Association a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog. If you delete Content, American Art Therapy Association will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, American Art Therapy Association has the right (though not the obligation) to, in their sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in AATA’s reasonable opinion, violates any AATA policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in AATA’s sole discretion. AATA will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.

  1. Responsibility of Website Visitors. AATA has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, AATA does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Despite AATA’s precautions, the Website may contain content posted by others that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. Despite AATA’s policy of participation, the Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. AATA disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
  2. Content Posted on Other Websites. AATA has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages.  AATA does not have any control over those non-AATA websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-AATA website or webpage, AATA does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. AATA disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-AATA websites and webpages.
  3. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy. As AATA asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to Art Therapy-Net violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify AATA  in accordance with Automatic’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Policy. AATA will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of AATA or others, AATA may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of the Website.
  4. Intellectual Property. This Agreement does not transfer from AATA to you any third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with AATA, the Art Therapy Net, and American Art Therapy Association logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of the American Art Therapy Association.  Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any AATA or third-party trademarks.
  5. Changes. AATA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. AATA may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
  6. Termination. AATA may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement you may simply discontinue using the Website. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
  7. Disclaimer of Warranties. The Website is provided “as is”. AATA and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither AATA nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through the Website at your own discretion and risk.
  8. Limitation of Liability. In no event will AATA, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement or substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
  9. General Representation and Warranty. You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the AATA Privacy Policy, with this Agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside) and (ii) your use of the Website will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.
  10. Indemnification. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless AATA, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
  11. Miscellaneous. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between AATA and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of AATA, or by the posting by AATA of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of the Website will be governed by the laws of the state of Virginia, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions, and the proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the state and federal courts located in Alexandria, Virginia. Except for claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”) by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitration shall take place in Alexandria, Virginia in the English language and the arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce this Agreement shall be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees. If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under this Agreement to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms and conditions; AATA may assign its rights under this Agreement without condition. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.