Monday, May 22, 2006

2006 National AATA Conference

"Reaching Out & Rebuilding Our Communities"
November 15-19, 2006
Riverside Hilton
New Orleans, LA


The 37th annual AATA Conference will be held November 15-19, 2006 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, across the street from Harrah's and a short "Mississippi Riverwalk" from the legendary French Quarter!

As you may already know, this year's conference theme, "Reaching Out and Rebuilding Our Communities," has been specially selected out of respect for the city and its inhabitants that will host hundreds of art therapists this year. Come and learn from the outstanding clinicians and others from around the world how art therapists build and maintain communities at home, work, and in their professional lives. In many ways, this will be an historical conference year you don't want to miss!

Two Exciting Keynote Presentations!

Elizabeth Birch, spokesperson for the Rosie O'Donnell Foundation, will be speaking about building communities and Rosie O'Donnell's project funding art therapists and art supplies to work in the hurricane devastated areas from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Art therapists from around the country have participated in one and two week visits to these areas to provide art therapy for displaced families. In the next weeks, a CNN documentary about this project will be filmed. Following her keynote, she will lead a panel related to the topic.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., internationally renowned expert in trauma treatment, theory and research will be part of the AATA's Research Committee's "Conference within a Conference." In addition to participating in this group of research presentations, panels and roundtable discussion, the eminent Dr. van der Kolk will provide a plenary talk and workshop.