Spring has been a productive time for the Virginia Art Therapy Association. The first regional symposium, “Enhancing Our Healing Skills in Trauma: An Art Therapy Perspective,” was hosted in unison with the Potomac Art Therapy Association, Maryland Art Therapy Association, and George Washington University. GWU’s Alexandria, Virginia campus was an inspiring space for our guests, featuring student art at every turn. Even with a weather and rescheduling hitch, attendance was full and guests enjoyed Key Note speaker, Cathy Malchiodi, a panel presentation moderated by Elva Anderson with Anne Mills, Tally Tripp, and Patti Prugh, and gift bags. The food was good too.
Just a week earlier, VATA hosted a spring social in Richmond. A number of current and prospective members came from as far away as Fredericksburg, VA, to chat, share ideas, enjoy good food, and create art together at Gretchen Graves’ (VATA’s Delegate to the Assembly) house.
Currently VATA is working with PATA, MATA and AATA in planning the 2011 AATA conference, to be held in Washington, DC. Please come see the sneak-preview table in Sacramento, CA. We are also discussing the return of peer supervision groups.
Another change is our new website, which expands upon services being provided, such as service referrals and career guidance. There is also a wealth of information on many topics related to art therapy practice in Virginia.
Our monthly meetings are now held on a bimonthly schedule for the board members. Members interested in attending are welcome – for further information, please contact us at (804)632-8696.
- Art Therapy Programs (health-psychology.suite101.com)
- Art Therapy Reduces Anxiety in Kids with Asthma (nlm.nih.gov)
- Cool Art Therapy Intervention #3: It’s All About the Metaphor (psychologytoday.com)