Wednesday, October 12, 2005

2005 National AATA Conference

This year, the 36th Annual Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, at the Hilton Atlanta from November 16-19. This year's theme is "The Art of Science of Creativity in Healthcare."

Click here to read this year's program, and click here if you would like to register.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Coping with Hurricane Katrina

Art therapy has been particularly helpful in processing trauma, one of the most recent events of which has been Hurricane Katrina. This article mentions the value of using art therapy, as well as other modalities (i.e., play & drama therapies), with children and teens to deal with the aftermath of Katrina. Cathy Malchiodi writes about how art therapy is particularly helpful in promoting trauma recovery with children, regardless of the degree. (click on the .pdf version to see the artwork) As she states:
"Art Therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages, but it is especially useful for children. Art is a natural form of communication for children because it is easier for them to express themselves visually rather than verbally. This is particularly true for children who have experienced a traumatic event, such as Hurricane Katrina, or other natural or man-made disasters."
AATA has asked for art therapists to assist Hurricane survivors in the Gulf region to cope more effectively the trauma that occurred during and after the hurricane. Art therapy has become more well known as an effective tool in helping process and desensitize the tragedies that occur in the lives of people, particularly in the wake of large disasters such as the Asian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Best of wishes to the therapists and the survivors as they work together towards healing.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

AATA E-Newsletters

August 2005, Volume 2.5
August 2005 (Special Edition)
September 2005 (Special Edition)
October 2005, Volume 2.6
December 2005, Volume 2.7
February 2006, Volume 3.1
March 2006, Volume 3.2
May 2006 (Special Edition)
June 2006, Volume 3.3
September 2006, Volume 3.4
December 2006, Volume 3.5
March 2007, Volume 4.1
May 2007, Volume 4.2
August 2007, Volume 4.3
January 2008, Volume 5.1