The Minnesota Art Therapy Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of art therapy in Minnesota.
The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) defines art therapy as a human service profession which utilizes art media, images, the creative art process, and patient client responses to the created art productions as reflections of an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns, and conflicts. Art therapy practice is based on knowledge of human developmental and psychological theories which are implemented in the full spectrum of models of assessment and treatment including educational, psychodynamic, cognitive, transpersonal, and other therapeutic means of reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self awareness, developing social skills, managing behavior, solving problems, reducing anxiety, aiding reality orientation, and increasing self-esteem. Art therapy is an effective treatment for individuals with developmental, medical, educational, social, or psychological impairments; and is practiced in mental health. rehabilitation, medical, educational, and forensic institutions. Populations of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds are served by art therapists in individual, couples, family and group therapy formats.
Educational, professional, and ethical standards for art therapists are regulated by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA). The Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc. (ATBC), an independent organization, grants post graduate registration (ATR) after reviewing documentation of completion of graduate education and post graduate supervised experience. The Registered Art Therapist who successfully completes a written examination administered by the ATCB is qualified as Board Certified (ATR-BC), a credential requiring maintenance through continuing education credits.
THE LATEST NEWS
Art Therapy Program at Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis
To All MNATA members:The growth of the Art Therapy profession in our community has been a long, slow process. Despite this, there has been encouraging growth and movement. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce that the Art Therapy Program at the Adler Graduate School has received Approval the AATA Education Program Approval Board.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement over the years to make this a reality.
Craig Balfany, ATR-BC
Art Therapy Program Director
Adlar Graduate School