The Minnesota Art Therapy Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of art therapy in Minnesota.
"Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences, enhance cognitive abilities, and enjoy the life affirming pleasures of making art.” ~ American Art Therapy Association
Art Therapy Program at Adler Grad School in Minneapolis
Adler Graduate School’s unique course program integrates Adlerian theory and technique into the creative and expressive realm of art therapy. It will allow students to get specialized training in art therapy theory and practice that is integrated into a 63 credit clinical education in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT license eligible) or 69 to 81 Mental Health Counseling track (LPC/LPCC license eligible). The art therapy component consists of 9 courses (25 credits arwe AT specific) and a 700 hour fieldwork experience with 70 hours of supervision.
The Art Therapy Program is designed to meet the educational standards of the American Art Therapy Association. It will prepare students to work as Art Therapists and either Marriage and Family Therapists or Mental Health Counselors. Graduates will be eligible to apply to become a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) after completing post-degree work experience and supervision.
Coursework will utilize experiential and didactic methods of teaching to help students learn the essentials of art therapy theory and techniques with clients. Students will learn methods applicable for individuals, families and groups within a variety of work settings.
Twin Cities Art Therapy Program Aimed at Helping Veterans with PTSD
Some soldiers come back from war with scars we can't see. It's estimated 20 percent of servicemen and women suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Ars Bellum foundation is beginning an arts therapy pilot program in the Twin Cities.
The AATA Art Therapy Conference is in Minneapolis July 2015
see link at top of page for details
We have an exciting year ahead and it is definitely the time to strongly consider nominating yourself or encouraging someone you know to become an official MNATA Board member.
Visit the MNATA Board page for details and information
Upcoming gatherings with the MNATA
Puppet Making Saturdays
Saturday, January 24th and February 7th from 10:00 until noon
Puppet-making workshops at Adler Graduate School
We are making larger than life sized puppets (faces and hands) to represent many of the pioneers of Art Therapy. These puppets will make an appearance at the conference opening and closing events. We imagine the puppets laying the foundation of "bricks" in a collaborative image of a "bridge" that we plan to make during the AATA conference.
Please bring any newspaper and brown paper bags for the papier-mache and wooden dowels and cardboard tubes for the puppets armature.
MNATA Board of Directors meeting and puppet-making
Saturday, February 14th 10:00 to 12:00
Adler Graduate School
1550 East 78th Street
Richfield, MN 55423
ART THERAPY The Movie
Art Therapy: The Movie is a feature documentary about the innovative ways art is being used around the world to overcome emotional challenges and traumatic experiences. We’re profiling some incredible stories, including: a group of art therapy students traveling to the Dominican Republic to work with a group of orphans long forgotten about; art rehabilitation programs for inner-city youth in North America; and chronicling the devastation of natural disasters in Haiti and Japan and how art is helping in the healing process. Three journeys, three continents, and one ultimate goal – discovering the innovative ways art is being used to empower the human soul.
Help us make the film by backing us here on Kickstarter.
MNATA PO Box 582623 Minneapolis, MN 55458-2623