The meeting took place at 9:00 am on December 7, 2017.  The art therapists in attendance were Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC; Heidi Bardot, MA, ATR-BC; Sarah Deaver, PhD, ATR-BC; Carol Olson, LPC, ATR-BC, ATCS; Leila Saadeh, MS, ATR-BC; Laura Tuomisto, ATR-BC, CTT; Monika Bu...

The Virginia Art Therapy Association sponsored a juried art exhibit of art created by art therapists.  The theme for this show was Building Hope, centering on ideas important to us as art therapists: working with clients as they build hope in their lives individually,...

What’s your ethnicity? How do you identify? What is your cultural background? How does that impact your being here today? These are only a limited number of questions that come to mind when interviewing patients for the first time. I know for many art therapists, answe...

Over six years ago I began my “career” as a high school art instructor, teaching art classes to newcomer freshmen and advanced adolescent upper classmen. Little did I know that my career would only begin to blossom into a narrative much different than it began. I had n...

In May of this year, 2016, I graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School with a Masters in Art Therapy and Counseling. I applied for jobs all over Virginia and even in other random states just to get some bites. Sadly, it is a lot harder to snag an art therapy job t...

Over four years ago, in January of 2012, I was on the fast track to becoming an art teacher. I had been accepted into a Master’s in Teaching program and had completed all the required prerequisites my senior year of college. I had wanted to be an art teacher my whole l...

When starting out my career as an art therapist I did not seek out work in the field of grief and loss or death and dying, but somehow it found me.  The universe works in mysterious ways and after being hired as an art therapist at a nearby hospice I realized that this...

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