This year’s AATA Conference which is being held in Kansas City, MO is destined to be a celebration extraordinaire.  Not only do the presentations look outstanding, they encompass a wide range of topics, address current and historical issues, and provide a fresh look at the art therapy profession.  

Each night is a celebration, beginning with the President’s Opening Reception on Wednesday, October 30th, an Evening with Rising Stars and Legacy Members on Thursday, October 31st, the always popular Night on the Town on Friday, November 1st, and the raucous After Party: Closing Event on Saturday, November 2nd.  There are plenty of workshops, half-day and full-day courses from which to choose.  

This is a chance for you to mingle with the founders of the profession and get to know art therapists you have wanted to meet.  The conference is always a time to see old friends and meet new ones.  

Having served as President of the ATCB and the AATA Boards of Directors, service work within our profession has been very important to me.  It is one of the most rewarding experiences in my career.  Through this service I have met some of the best friends I am fortunate to have in my life.  Being involved in Board and Committee work has enlightened my sense of professionalism and rewarded me with a way to give back to the profession.  We all can see how things may be done better, which is a calling to become part of the organizations that define our profession of art therapy.  If you feel passionately about art therapy and the place it holds in changing people’s lives, I urge you to volunteer, join a committee, run for office, and be a valuable part of the ATCB or the AATA.  

I look forward to seeing you in Kansas City!

Written by:

Deborah Good
PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT, LPCC
Past President Art Therapy Credentials Board
Past President American Art Therapy Association