Mission: The American Art Therapy Association promotes the therapeutic use of art and: • Encourages the highest quality of art therapy services to the public; • Facilitates communication among members and colleagues; • Supports legislative efforts at the state and federal levels; • Disseminates information to the general public, art therapists, and related mental health professionals; and, • Recognizes excellence in clinical, professional, educational, and research activities.
Target demographics: Our culture is one of inclusion of people of all backgrounds, open to new concepts and artistic expression that continues to expand the effectiveness of art as a healing therapy.
Direct beneficiaries per year: More than one million people with emotional and physical issues are assisted each year. Over 5,000 members including practicing art therapists, students, educators, and related practitioners in the United States and around the world.
Geographic areas served: United States and worldwide.
Programs: Conferences- the american art therapy association, inc. (association) conducts an annual conference to provide training in best practices in art therapy for its members and other attendees.
membership- the association retains and attracts members through its outstanding programs, membership benefits and services.
communications, partnerships and advocacy -the association's public policy and advocacy initiatives serve to support the full participation of art therapists in their careers as they seek to provice quality health and wellness services.