GREETING FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN ART THERAPY ASSOCIATION
Welcome to Washington, DC and the American Art Therapy Association’s 42nd Annual Conference, Creative Energy, Collective Efforts: Empowering the Art Therapy Journey. You’re joining more than 1,000 attendees who are all part of this growing, creative and dynamic field. We are all in the right city for what promises to be a truly history making conference.
In addition to participating in the exceptional educational sessions offered throughout the conference, we will all learn how art therapy is making a positive impact in healthcare, education and in a variety of community services. A growing number of leading healthcare providers, centers for Veteran’s care and K-12 schools are incorporating art therapy into their service plans. Our new partnership with the American Association of School Administrators exemplifies our career development efforts to reinforce the importance of art therapy in a variety of practice settings. Learn more from the outstanding keynote speakers and art therapy experts who will share their best-in-class programs in various workplace settings.
Over the next few days, I also encourage you to set aside a bit of personal time to reflect, re-energize, and re-create your path along this remarkable journey. Get to know others in our field from around the world and hear their perspectives on how together we are impacting people’s lives.
The Marketplace of Ideas is the hub to meet your friends, enjoy an affordable lunch, purchase books signed by your favorite authors and learn from exhibitors about a range of services for art therapists. In addition you’ll be able to review services and products to help enrich your career, and visit with educational representatives from art therapy master’s degree programs. Check the conference schedule for dates and times. Please join me along with our Board at the Town Hall Meeting on Friday at 11:50 a.m. Be sure to take advantage of the delicious food that will be available in the International Café on Friday and Saturday during the lunchtime hours. Visit with your Chapter in the Marketplace of Ideas during the morning Networking Break, or check your office email in the Cyber Café. Don’t forget to attend the Arts & Crafts Marketplace on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. when you can shop for unique creations made by your colleagues!
I look forward to learning and connecting with you during the conference. Be sure to introduce yourself. As my term as President comes to a close I want to let you know it has been a pleasure working with you and the entire membership to promote art therapy and grow our profession.
Enjoy your conference!
Joan Phillips Ph.D., ATR-BC-LMFT, LPC