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The Minnesota Art Therapy Association stands against the racist events that took place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. We are deeply saddened and heart broken by the violence and bigotry.
As an organization of art therapy professionals, we stand against racism, oppression, violence and hatred of any kind. We embrace all people regardless of race, color, religious or spiritual belief, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, immigration status or political view.
We strive to strengthen awareness of diverse communities and uphold a free, loving and equal society. We send love, light and peace to Heather Heyer’s family and all people affected by white supremacist acts of violence and oppression.
Dear Minnesota Art Therapists,
This email is to advise you that the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) will send out its Job Analysis Survey in mid-May. We hope that you will participate in the survey, which is disseminated every five years, and spread the word about the importance of filling it out. The ATCB Job Analysis Survey is the information-gathering instrument that drives the development of the Board Certification Examination (ATCBE). We encourage ALL art therapists, credentialed or not, who practice in the field professionally, to complete the survey. Participation of a maximum number of art therapists ensures the soundness of the examination and maintains the legitimacy of the ATCB board-certification credential, thus protecting the integrity of the profession we love. The survey will be delivered to your inbox in mid-May, 2017.
Thank you in advance for your participation!
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS. FEB. 10, 2017. NY TIMES (full article follow link)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For much of her childhood, RyAnn Watson has been hospitalized for excruciating flare-ups of sickle cell disease. Now 16, she takes refuge from her pain in an art studio at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. On a recent Friday, she was sketching the sandstone towers of the Smithsonian castle with a burnt-red coloring pen, under the watch of her therapist, Tracy Councill.
“It’s more about putting my emotions into the artwork than telling someone about it and making myself upset,” RyAnn said. Without any “pressure to spill the beans,” she said, “I end up talking to Tracy about everything, once I’m drawing.”
Although art therapy is offered by a number of established medical centers, many Americans don’t know much about it. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy where mental health professionals use art materials to help patients explore feelings that may not be easy to express in words.
Almost overnight, the field has attracted new attention because of a connection with the Trump administration. On Inauguration Day, Karen Pence announced on the newly revamped White House website that she wants to shine a “spotlight on the mental health profession of art therapy.” Mrs. Pence, a watercolorist herself, has been a board member of the art therapy program Tracy’s Kids since 2011, and helped raise funds to hire two full-time art therapists for patients at Riley Hospital for Children in her native Indiana.
“I want to get more people aware of art therapy, not only for children who are going through an illness, but adults as well who have gone through trauma,” Mrs. Pence said in a phone interview.
Such attention from the wife of the vice president of the United States normally would be a boon to any profession, but these are not normal times. Some art therapists were thrilled that Mrs. Pence chose their underappreciated occupation as her signature cause. The American Art Therapy Association announced in its newsletter that it was “enthusiastic about Mrs. Pence’s commitment” and eager to support her efforts.
“It’s a breath of fresh air that someone in such a position can highlight our profession and can bring attention that’s needed and well deserved,” said Irene David, a pioneer of the field and the longtime director of therapeutic arts at NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue in Manhattan.
But many art therapists held a different view. On social media, some art therapists argued that the policies supported by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are largely at odds with the group’s principles and hurt the very people the profession treats, such as immigrants and trauma survivors.
Kate Broitman, an art therapist in Chicago, started a Facebook page called Art Therapists for Human Rights to organize with other art therapists who “felt that great harm might come to our field, our clients and our work, if the association were to enter into a dialogue with Karen Pence.”
The group had about 615 members as of Monday.
“There is a real divisiveness right now between art therapists,” said Savneet Talwar, an associate professor of art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who also works with Bosnian refugees. One side is “for utilizing this opportunity to bring more visibility to art therapy,” she said. On the other side, Dr. Talwar said, people say “aligning yourself with her means you’re not being true to our ethical principles.”
Ms. Broitman said her clients in Chicago are worried they may lose their health insurance or be deported as a result of the policies supported by the vice president. “You can’t shine a spotlight on art therapy without being accountable to the real danger our clients currently face,” she said.
Asked to comment on the schism, Kara Brooks, the communications director for Mrs. Pence, said in an email that Mrs. Pence “has been a champion for art therapy for many years.”
“She has a true appreciation for all those who work in this mental health profession,” Ms. Brooks said. “Mrs. Pence’s efforts to bring awareness to art therapy over the years show that she really wants to make a positive difference.”
Some might argue that art therapy should welcome any national recognition. There are an estimated 5,500 registered art therapists nationwide compared with 106,000 psychologists. And 20 percent of art therapists are clustered in New York and New Jersey, meaning many patients around the country don’t have access to the treatment, according to the Art Therapy Credentials Board.
Most states don’t offer licenses to art therapists, meaning they can’t bill insurance. Often, private donors fund art therapists in states without licensure so they can work in schools, mental health clinics or hospitals.
The profession also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, an organization that may face additional cuts under the Trump administration. Funds from the N.E.A. and the Department of Defense pay for a prominent program called Creative Forces, which offers art therapy to soldiers and veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries.
“We know how valuable it is. Now it’s a matter of carrying out the studies to further the evidence of value,” said Dr. Sara Kass, a retired Navy captain who is trained as a family physician, who had planned to have the program at a dozen military sites by year’s end.
That said, Dr. Kass is concerned their funding will dry up. “I think we stand to lose a valuable tool,” she said.
Despite threats that members will quit, the leaders of the art therapy association still are open to working with Mrs. Pence. “If Mrs. Pence asks for and wants our support — which she hasn’t yet — of course, we are going to offer support and resources,” said Cynthia Woodruff, the executive director.
One of the biggest boons from Mrs. Pence’s support could be additional public and private funding for research. In a 2015 systematic review, the research arm of Britain’s National Health Service gave art therapy mixed results. It found that 10 out of 15 randomized trials show benefit to patients, but that overall, the quality of the research was low. The studies reviewed included adults and children with depression, cancer, sickle cell disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, the chairman of neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, said he believes that art therapy may capitalize on what Alzheimer’s patients can still do, like drawing, so it can improve the sense of well-being. A few small trials suggest art therapy engages attention and improves neuropsychiatric symptoms, social behavior and self-esteem for Alzheimer’s patients, Dr. Chatterjee concluded in a 2014 review of existing evidence.
“The big problem with all of this is there’s no real, well-designed studies to show art therapy helps with people’s cognition or general well-being,” he said.
After Sonali Agrawal, of Washington, D.C., was given a diagnosis of leukemia at age 4 in 2012, she regularly went to Ms. Councill’s studio for years. As she had some of her chemotherapy infusions, she made a clay colander and a bird’s nest.
“Sonali made a lot of pieces of art in which she was caring for an animal and keeping an animal safe,” said Ms. Councill, founder of Tracy’s Kids, which has outposts in Washington, San Antonio, Baltimore and New York. “That had a lot to do with her wanting to feel safe.”
Sonali’s father, Dr. Manish Agrawal, an oncologist himself, thought it was “crazy to think she looked forward to coming to the hospital to get chemo.”
219COMMENTSBut she did. After watching his daughter’s treatment with art therapy, Dr. Agrawal said he felt the need to change how he practiced medicine. “We are so cut and dry,” he said of doctors, but “there’s a huge emotional toll. There’s real suffering.”
Dr. Agrawal conceded that he is not a Trump supporter, but Mrs. Pence’s support for art therapy, he said, “may be the silver lining.”
A version of this article appears in print on February 14, 2017, on Page D1 of the New York edition with the headline: Political Support Divides Art Therapists. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe
The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release
February 13, 2017
Second Lady Karen Pence Receives Courage Award
Tonight, Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Program honored Second Lady Karen Pence with the Courage Award for her support of art therapy programs across the United States and world. She received the recognition at the annual fundraiser called, “And the Winner is…Tracy’s Kids,” an event supporting a charity that employs art therapy to help young cancer patients cope with the emotional toll imposed by cancer and its treatment. The Courage Award honors the strength, dignity and perseverance that cancer patients exhibit every day, and is presented to a public person who has worked to address the challenges inflicted by the disease.
“I am humbled by the recognition and grateful for the opportunity to be involved with an organization with such an important mission of providing art therapy to children with cancer,” said Mrs. Pence. “Tracy’s Kids is truly making a difference throughout our country and it’s encouraging to know that their art therapy programs are bringing a sense of hope to children and their families battling through a difficult period in their lives. I am honored to receive the Courage Award and will continue to help art therapy programs further their efforts and reach more families in our country and world as the Second Lady of the United States.”
Mrs. Pence has served on the board of Tracy’s Kids since 2011 and also serves as the Honorary Chair of the Art Therapy Initiative at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2014, through a charitable foundation she founded while serving as the First Lady of Indiana, Mrs. Pence presented Riley Hospital for Children with a check in the amount of $100,000 to support their art therapy program. She has also made it a priority to visit hospitals in the U. S. and other parts of the world when she travels abroad in order to get an up close look at art therapists in action as they are helping children. Mrs. Pence acknowledges that what art therapists do for the children and their families is critical to their healing, both emotionally and physically and appreciates the work they do to make a positive difference in their lives.
Tracy’s Kids art therapy program is provided at no cost to the children and families they serve at seven separate clinics: Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center, Children’s Hospital/Physicians Specialists of Virginia, Inova Children’s Hospital, Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Sinai, Baltimore.
Seven of Ten of Minnesota's Members of Congress Sign On to Increase Funding to NEA
Good news for those of us battling against the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. Seven of Minnesota's members of Congress are not only opposed to eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts - they are asking for an increase in funding.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL, District 4 - St. Paul) is the lead Democrat on the Interior Committee which funds the NEA, NEH and other cultural agencies, and is hard at work organizing her peers to support and increase funding for the cultural agencies. She is working with Americans for the Arts on building more support. (Photo: Rep. Betty McCollum)
Over in the Senate, Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) both signed onto a "Dear Colleague" letter circulated by the Senate Cultural Caucus, which is co-chaired by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM). The letter asked for an increase for both the NEA and NEH to $149.8M for fiscal year 2018.
Representatives Tim Walz (D - Southern MN), Keith Ellison (D - Mpls), Colin Peterson (D - Western MN), and Rick Nolan (D - Northern MN) all signed on to a "Dear Colleague" letter circulated by the House Art Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ). Their letter asked for an increase for the NEA to $155M for fiscal year 2018.
FY 2016 funding for the NEA was just short of $148M.If your member of Congress doesn't show up on this list, ask them to support the arts here:https://www.votervoice.net/ARTSUSA/campaignsThank you Representatives McColllum, Walz, Ellison, Peterson and Nolan
and Senators Franken and Klobuchar!
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Dear supporter of the Art Therapy Profession,
The Minnesota chapter of the American Art Therapy Association (MNATA) is collecting letters of support for the art therapy profession to pursue licensure in our state. We are asking organizations and professionals to write letters to support the art therapy profession. The information collected will assist our efforts in gaining a specialized Art Therapy license in MN that will protect consumers and providers of the art therapy profession. Additionally, these letters will help us gain a better understanding of how art therapy is being used in the general mental health profession and community.
In order for art making to be called art therapy, it must utilize both art and therapy, and must be led by a clinician trained in both. Filling leisure time with art activities, where the primary goal is fun and learning, may be therapeutic, but it is not art therapy. The primary purpose of the art activity must be therapy, usually including assessment, as well as treatment. The therapist must know art materials and how they can aid in helping the person grow and develop.
Art therapy practice requires specialized Master’s level training and knowledge of visual art and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques. Art Therapists are also extensively trained in dealing with the effects of art materials and interventions so as to avoid regressive or harmful effects to individuals’ personal growth and well-being. At this time, in absence of a specialized Art Therapy license, art is often utilized in practice by non-art therapy trained practitioners and the boundary of what is considered “therapeutic skills using art,” and “Art Therapy” continues to be blurred. An Art Therapy license would reflect the uniquely complex educational journey of Art Therapists and protect consumers by assuring safe and professional Art Therapy services.
Our neighbors Wisconsin, and recently Iowa, have joined five states that have enacted distinct art therapy licenses, and four states that authorize art therapists to be licensed under other related mental health licenses. The state of Minnesota statue 214.001 Subd. 3.3, title protects the use of “Art Therapy” and “Art Therapist” by defining “Registration” as a “system whereby practitioners who will be the only persons permitted to use a designated title are listed on an official roster after having met predetermined qualifications.” (https://www.revisor.mn.gov) Minnesota leaders recognize the unique benefits to art therapy as a service and a profession, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed July 7-12, 2015, as Art Therapy Week (http://mn.gov/govstat/images/Art_Therapy_Week.pdf). As the public becomes aware of the benefits of art therapy, with the addition of sufficient numbers of qualified credentialed art therapists, the need to necessitate specialized licensure of art therapists working in Minnesota becomes clearer.
On November 29, 2001, following the terrible tragedies of September 11th, Hillary Clinton’s Congressional Record Statement in support of art therapy states, “And that is why I rise today to encourage my colleagues in Congress to support the field of art therapy and expand awareness about this creative form of treatment. At this time of heightened awareness about the importance of maintaining mental health, we should recognize art therapy as a way to treat those among us who have experienced trauma.” (Congressional Record – Senate. S12154, November 29, 2001) This statement helped launch a new level of awareness and job growth for art therapists in the United States.
The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) announced on August 10, 2016 “U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/home.htm) has released a preliminary listing of Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes to take effect on January 1, 2018, that will classify art therapists within the 29-0000 occupation group for Healthcare Practitioners and under a 29-1129 sub-code for “Therapists: All Other.” Art therapy has been inappropriately classified under the occupational code for recreational therapists. This represents a significant “win” for art therapists and an important step forward in defining art therapy as a distinct profession on a federal level.
Influenced by AATA and other states pursuing an art therapy license, below are reasons why an art therapy license is a win-win for both the profession and consumers of art therapy services in our state.
Benefits to an Art Therapy License in Minnesota:
+ Is required to practice
+ Protects consumers and providers
+ Prevents potential harm by ensuring non-trained professionals do not practice outside their scope of education and qualifications
+ Promotes essential growth of a specific practice; something all mental health professionals must undergo
+ Sustains equality and representation
+ Ensures growth, necessary refinement, and adherence to state laws and regulations
+ Influences policy making and standards of practice
+ Qualifies practitioners for reimbursement from insurance companies
+ Ensures quality of art therapy services by a specifically trained and experienced provider
+ Provides a distinct service and reimbursement code under public and private insurance for which art therapists are qualified.
+ Enables art therapists to provide their distinct services within state law
+ RECOGNIZES ART THERAPY AS AN IMPORTANT, UNIQUE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSION.
The Minnesota Art Therapy Association encourages professional supporters like yourself to join our licensing efforts by writing a letter of support on your organizations letterhead. Please state why you and your organization support the art therapy profession… How art therapy has helped your community… Have you witnessed or experienced any risks with the use of art therapy (HIPPA, confidentially, or ethical violation, false advertising, therapist practicing outside of their scope, etc.)?
In addition, we enclosed a template statement form for consumers of art therapy services to voice their experiences and support. All letters of support will be compiled as evidence towards the argument of a specialized art therapy license for the state of Minnesota. To help maintain confidentiality for consumers give consumers the opportunity of how they would like to be represented (name, initials, anonymous) and would suggest that their therapist coach them through their responses.
We would appreciate receiving letters by June 2nd, 2017.
Please submit letters, follow our progress and/or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Or Anonymously upload HERE or visit the MNATA website or Face Book and follow our Blog!
Heather Matson, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC
Licensure Committee Co-chair
Juliana Thrall, MPS, ATR
Licensure Committee Co-chair
Nikki Witt, MA, LPCC, ATR-BC
Theresa Hoglund Meuller, MA, LPC, ATR
Governmental Affairs Chair
The Minnesota Art Therapy Association (MNATA) is a local organization of art therapy professionals who work in collaboration with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) to provide leadership and guidance to a growing and diverse physical and mental health field. MNATA endeavors to stand for and support the art therapy community and the individuals we serve.
"Thus, we genuinely embrace people regardless of race, color, religious or spiritual beliefs, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, socioeconomic status, marital status, immigration status, political views, former or current military status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, as well as new identities as they emerge" -AATA.
We value our work to engage, embrace and help all people regardless of appearance, career, interests, beliefs or status. We strive to strengthen awareness of diverse communities and uphold an inclusive learning, helping and reinforcing environment.
The AATA is entrusted to provide leadership and assistance to engage a growing and diverse membership of trained and culturally proficient professional art therapists whose services are valued, appropriately compensated, and considered essential to the public in mental health, healthcare, education, arts, and community programs. The following iterates the core values of the Association.
· We strive for solidarity with the art therapy community and those we serve. Thus, we genuinely embrace people regardless of race, color, religious or spiritual beliefs, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, socioeconomic status, marital status, immigration status, political views, former or current military status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, as well as new identities as they emerge.
· We advocate for the dignity, self-worth, well-being, and creative potential of all people and in the development and provision of art therapy to the public.
· We maintain commitment to strengthening AATA’s institutional cultural proficiency, and welcome and engage people of diverse backgrounds and members of diverse communities within the Association’s Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, members, and prospective members.
· We strive to be an inclusive learning-centered organization that respects and incorporates the perspectives and contributions of our members, thereby integrating the needs and viewpoints of diverse communities in the design and implementation of our strategic plan.
· We uphold social justice and sustainability through awareness, practice, and affirmation that all people deserve equal economic, environmental, healthcare, political and social rights and opportunities.
· We maintain awareness of the social and environmental consequences of human actions on any community, ecosystem, and association, with the aim of advancing a sustainable and just society.
* This DRAFT Values Statement is open for commentary and input by members of the AATA.
All responses will be thoroughly considered. When responding, it is helpful to include alternative phrasing or words to help us better understand your meaning and rationale. Please submit your input to us at email@example.com, with the subject line, “AATA Values Statement,” by February 23rd, 2017. We look forward to hearing from you.
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In response to an article about Karen Pence days prior...
January 26, 2017
The Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, has embraced art therapy for children and families as her signature cause. Art therapy is featured on her official website at WhiteHouse.gov. READ MORE..."