We invite you to attend American Art Therapy Association’s 47th Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD

July 6-10, 2016 | Baltimore Waterfront Marriott

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The theme of the 47th Annual Conference, Art Therapy: Integrating Creativity, Healing & Professionalism, will showcase the art therapist’s role within the greater health community, our creative roots, and how beneficial the art process is.  

We are pleased to present our featured keynote presenter for the Friday plenary, Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, the Frank A. Gwladys H. Elliott Professor and Chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders. His research addresses questions about spatial cognition and language, attention, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics. He wrote The Aesthetic Brain: How we evolved to desire beauty and enjoy art and co-edited: Neuroethics in Practice: Mind, medicine, and society, and The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience: behavioral neurology and neuropsychology.

Dr. Kay GravellDr. Kay Gravell, will present a Master Class on Thursday, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Creativity and Cancer: Healing Through Expressive Arts, A multi-modal arts approach in supporting women to find meaning in their lived experience of breast cancer will be explored. A range of creative arts to heal our changed bodies including our sense of self, body image, sexuality, intimate relationships and emotional well-being will be discussed. Here's what Pat Allen, PhD, ATR, HLM, had to say about Kay's research, "I had the good fortune this past year to serve as a reader for a PhD project by an extraordinary woman from Australia, Kay Gravell. Her dissertation, Breastless Landscape, was without doubt not only the best dissertation I have ever read, but the best piece of art based research." Be sure to purchase a ticket for the Master Class!

The Thursday keynote, Art Therapy in the Real World will be presented by Moira McGuire, Angel Duncan, and Debra Kalmanowitz. Donna Betts, President of the AATA will moderate this exciting session which will highlight and celebrate the amazing work that art therapists are doing with veterans, memory care community, and victims of community trauma. The closing plenary on Saturday will feature members of the Multicultural Committee, presenting Passing the Torch: Alternative Approaches in Art Therapy Professional Practice. New! Our closing plenary (a fourth) will include a luncheon on Saturday to celebrate our special recipients of scholarships, honors, and awards. Attendees who purchase a Full Conference Registration will have a ticket to the Saturday Luncheon as well as the President’s Opening Reception and the Closing Event on Saturday evening.

Our conference is the premier art therapy event. You’ll be able to network and learn from leading professionals in the field about the latest art therapy clinical approaches and innovations. Through the more than 180 educational sessions and keynotes, you’ll be able to expand your knowledge and acquire continuing education.

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