Information for Students

Welcome to the American Art Therapy Association! Students are encouraged to become involved with the American Art Therapy Association as an active member and take advantage of all the benefits that can help you in your career.

Educational Standards/Educational Programs

Review Education Standards for a Master’s and Doctorate degree programs in Art Therapy and search the list of list of Universities & Programs to find one in your area. All programs listed are approved by the Educational Programs Approval Board. Plan to attend the Annual Conference to select from more than 160 courses taught by leading educators.

Ethical Principles for Art Therapists

This Ethics document is intended to provide principles to cover many situations encountered by art therapists. Its goals are to safeguard the welfare of the individuals and groups with whom art therapists work and to promote the education of members, students, and the public regarding ethical principles of the art therapy discipline. Ethical Principles for Art Therapists

Research and Information

Art Therapy Outcome and Single Subject Studies useful in study, research, grant writing, and publications. Consult the on-line archives of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, a benefit of student membership for studies, research findings and model programs. Read the Multicultural Committee Selected Bibliography Selected Bibliography and the Resource List for specific publications.

Student Membership Benefits

You can qualify as a Student member with the American Art Therapy Association if you are currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning and are interested in art therapy. Our Student members have access to the Journal electronically, however if you wish you may upgrade your basic student membership to the Student PLUS level -- where you will receive four issues of the Journal annually AND Student Liability Insurance is included. Annual Dues for a Student member is $55 and Student PLUS is $80. Click here to join or renew your membership now.

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Scholarships for Art Therapy Students

The American Art Therapy Association offers several scholarships for students, including the its Anniversary Scholarship Award, the Myra Levick Scholarship Fund, Rawley Silver Award for Excellence, Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund, and scholarships to assist students in attending the Annual Conference. If you are a Student Member of American Art Therapy Association be sure to take advantage of these opportunities. Read more here.

Toolkits by Program Area

Toolkits for Careers in Art Therapy developed in collaboration with leading employer groups to assist them to develop effective art therapy programs that produce results in growing career tracks.

The American Art Therapy Association partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation of America to develop this practice toolkit which provides art therapy information and resources for healthcare professionals as well as those individuals living with seizure disorders, their families, and caregivers. Please click here to access the toolkit.

Art Therapy & Autism Spectrum Disorder: Integrating Creative Interventions: New Resources for its Chapters, Caregivers, and People on the Autism Spectrum

The Autism Society of America joined with the American Art Therapy Association to develop this toolkit which provides information and resources for healthcare professionals individuals on the Autism Spectrum, their families, and caregivers; practical guidance to assist in building or expanding an effective art therapy program; and, addresses some of the many opportunities for successful application and engagement of art therapy in ASD.

Art Therapy’s Notable Impact On Eating Disorders And Healthy Eating: Art Therapy’s Notable Impact on Eating Disorders and Healthy Eating

Art therapy offers a unique treatment option for individuals struggling with eating disorders. This toolkit provides information and program options for art therapists working with this population.

Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Patients: Art Therapy Supporting Patient Care in Medical Settings: Toolkit.

Art therapy provides therapeutic, healing benefits for patients in hospitals and other medical settings. To view the Association’s newest Toolkit and study model programs and read how art is being used to aid healing, please click here.

Implement A Successful Art Therapy Program With Youth Affected By Traumatic Events & Health Challenges: Implement a Successful Art Therapy Program for Youth Affected by Traumatic Events and Health Challenges

to initiate and enhance an art therapy program for young people that helps them build resilience, improve self-esteem and competence, and develop coping skills. Explore the many positive outcomes of an effective art therapy program.

Gain Important Education Outcomes: Implement a Successful Art Therapy Program within K-12 Schools: K-12 Schools & Art Therapy

Gain Important Education Outcomes: Implement a Successful Art Therapy Program within K-12 Schools links art therapists, who provide professional and instructional services to students, with more than 13,000 public school systems nationwide in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators.

Older Adults & Art Therapy - Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Older Adults

provides links for senior living facilities, families, and community agencies to employ an art therapists for programs providing a safe, supportive, creative experience to help ease life transitions for older adults.

The Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Art Therapy launches “Resident Art Activities Best Practices Toolkit”

Art can be a powerful activity for older adults. This resource provides background information on the benefits of art therapy, and how it can help older adults work through their psychological issues to maximize both their psychological and physical health. Additionally, case studies of senior living communities that have successfully integrated art into their community’s activities have been included to provide successful ideas and programs to inspire your own art therapy program.

Launching and Managing Your Art Therapy Practice.

Toolkit assists practicing art therapists, new professionals, and students structure their practice effectively. The step by step guide and connection to resources is intended to be a convenient way for members to begin and continue to build a successful private practice career in art therapy. New information and practice management resources will be added to this on-line resource going forward. Members only access.