Welcome to the INDIATA website

The Indiana Art Therapy Association, is a professional organization in Indiana for art therapists, students, and individuals who support the use of art in a therapeutic manner and the advancement of the art therapy field.

Explore the site to learn more about the practice of art therapy; specifically in the state of Indiana.

For further questions, please e-mail us at indiana.art.therapy@gmail.com.


Join us this Sunday afternoon for the quarterly INDIATA MEETING.
July 23, 2017

2pm-3pm Board meeting
3pm-4pm Members meeting
The meeting will be held at Herron School of Art, Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, in room 239.  Parking passes will be available. The nearest parking garage is the Sports Complex parking garage or Riverwalk parking garage.
Tami Harris, President of AATA's Indiana chapter, INDIATA will acknowledge current members whose dues are up to date, and distribute membership pins.
At each meeting we provide an opportunity to share an art making experience with each other in an effort to encourage each other to keep art making, the heart of our work, front and center in our therapeutic work. This meeting's art experience will be hosted by Natasha Young, a medical art therapist at IU Health Simon Cancer center. The art making and conversation will focus on licensure in Indiana and advocacy for art therapy. Discussion will be lead by Cassie Dobbs, art therapist at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, and Tami Harris, Family Centered Clinician/Clinical Art Therapist.


October 22, 2017
December 10, 2017
Be a part of our community as we support each other in providing and communicating to others the unique ability of art therapy to help people resolve conflict, grow in interpersonal skill, manage behavior, reduce stress, manage behavior, increase self esteem, self awareness, and increase insight.

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

AATA defines art therapy as "an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight".

Art therapists are masters level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy or a related field. Educational requirements include:
  • theories of art therapy
  • counseling and psychotherapy
  • ethics and standards of practice 
  • assessment and evaluation
  • individual, group and family techniques 
  • human and creative development 
  • multiculturalism 
  • research methods  
  • practicum experiences in a variety of clinical, community, correctional, residential and/or educational settings.

Art therapists are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media) for assessment and treatment.
To learn more about the professional credentialing of art therapists, please visit the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) website.

2017 Conference – Mark your calendars for the 48th Annual Conference, to be held November 8-12, 2017, in Albuquerque, NM.

It is important to know it is unethical for someone to practice art therapy or refer to themselves as an art therapist
without obtaining a Master's Degree in Art Therapy.

For news and information about the Indiana Art Therapy Association.

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