Advocacy, American Art Therapy Association, Field of Art Therapy, Reflections, Values

A Message from our President: Valerie Valentine

Welcome to the NMATA Blog. This year, 2018, we have decided as a Board, to invite each board member to write for the blog as they feel prompted. This means that you, the reader, will get a variety of opinions, interests, points-of-view, and inspiration.

As president, I volunteered to write the first offering. I, Val Valentine, make this disclaimer now: this blog is my personal reflections and current understandings, all of which are subject to change as they evolve.

As I move into my third year of leadership with NMATA, I reflect on how much I have been stretched and expanded by this position and this association. This blog offering is my examination of multi-facets of the current challenge within the art therapy profession and within our nation, and some of my personal conclusions to date that help me find balance and optimism during this incredibly challenging time in human history.

Last year, NMATA worked extremely hard and with great enthusiasm to host the annual AATA conference. We spent many months in meetings planning together with our membership, many hours of preparation for the four ways we were asked to serve as host. We created a beautiful and moving memorial alter; a welcoming and warm hospitality hub; a fun and interactive closing event with live band, table art, and 20 handmade door prizes; and the amazing Gesture of Warm service project that gave conference attendees the opportunity to come together to knit and crochet gifts for the homeless of ABQ. This NMATA Service Project resulted in the creation of over 230 hand-made scarves, hats, and much needed items of warmth for the most at-risk and marginalized in our State. This donation, valued at approximately $2000, was made possible by the contributions of individual art therapists coming together during the conference, creating, and serving the greater good.

But I want to validate something larger that was served through this beautiful project – it served as a meeting place, a place of calm debate, a common activity of giving that helped to process the pain and frustration within us. This project served as a bridge.

It pains me to own, that art therapy as a profession has always been split. Just as we were emerging from the “art as” or “art in therapy” split, coming to fully embrace the wisdom of both as our own, now we have a new splitting challenge: Karen Pence, the Second Lady of very exclusive, controlling, and judgmental politics chooses Art Therapy as her term initiative for advocacy. AATA responded to this call, by requiring that AATA determine and guide her words and her public representation of the profession, making clear that she has no influence on AATA policy. There is great resistance to this action from many art therapists. During the conference, this resistance was very vocal in its opposition and rejection of AATA’s role, naming it as unethical and threatening to the marginalized communities art therapists serve.

I must admit, that the reality of this split has kept me up more nights than I care to disclose. I have examined repeatedly and I know this will continue for me: my own white privilege, my own values and ethics, my personal and professional intentions and purpose, and how the state of our national politics and world condition is affecting the profession I love so much. I have agonized in pain trying to imagine the fear and threat that is so prominently real for so many people in the US currently. I have witnessed in horror the changes our national leadership is making to policy and law. I have experienced myself hooked into the “us and them; right and wrong” culture that this political leadership has epitomized and deliberately fostered.

And I have grieved.

Finally, I have concluded for myself, that what I want to resist is this culture of division. I want to bridge. I want to advocate for the well-being of all people. I resist the polarization within our world, our nation, and the art therapy profession. I affirm that I respect and support both sides of the art therapy split. I wish to help lead NMATA as a grass-roots organization that goes beyond the rhetoric and fear of politics and current realities, to empower the common humanity within our community. I know, without doubt in my mind or heart, that art therapists are some of the most aware, empathic, caring, non-judgmental, inclusive people in our country. We chose this profession because we believe in the healing power of creation, in the authentic value of every human being. We support our client’s in creating the best life they can imagine, according to their values and abilities, not according to ours. Those trained at Southwestern College have sat in the fire of their own soul’s path, so that they can do this work, clean and without personal agenda. This creates a perspective and power that is rare and precious and valuable. For me, it is an honor and privilege from the Universe to be an art therapist. I credit all those that have come before me to light this path, for my own success.

NMATA, with AATA, as parent organization, has the potential to grow and act beyond all that we inherit, as all off-spring do. We are not limited to our parental limitations; as they are national and involved at a higher level of interaction with other national organizations – we are grassroots, on the ground, hands on. We can take the best of what we are given and evolve beyond. I would like to guide us in knowing that we can stand together in the identity of art therapy, and create bridges with those who have different values.

I am an art therapist. For me that includes the vision, mission, and values outlined on the AATA website and the vision and mission of our State chapter. My identity as an art therapist also includes my professional and personal mission, vision, and values. As political discernment has become a cultural imperative, I have wrestled and struggled to find a way to walk my values through this complex and painful issue. For myself, I reject the perception that to allow Karen Pence to advocate for mental health and art therapy means that I am in alignment with her politics. I am not.

I discern great potential and great peril within this split. The potential for rejecting Pence advocacy includes making a stand against systematic racism, religion in politics, and oppressive policy. IMO, this is a political statement that serves our own indignation about current politics but does not align with our mission which is to expand the public knowledge about art therapy. The potential for allowing and guiding her advocacy are that we work from within the system to stand for dignity and mental health for all and we reach more people.

I believe we can retain our identity while bridging. For me, this is more in alignment with my values of inclusivity. (personally…if art therapists cannot do this global work…who can?) The potential of allowing her advocacy is that we can be leaders and show a way to grow into a collective that can support and foster the well-being and dignity of every human being. The peril of making the political statement of rejecting Pence is that we lose credibility in our own values of non-judgmental inclusivity and we alienate part of the population, which unfortunately may include our military who so desperately need art therapy services. It is also true, that the peril of allowing her advocacy is that some who would seek art therapy may not, due to a perceived alliance with her politics. This has terrified many art therapists and students who fear that Pence advocacy changes our identity as a profession. I want to claim for us all that it does not change our identity, but we need to know this and be able to verbalize this.

If we cannot, we become caught in the duality and national splitting that has such detrimental effects on the health of the collective. The global peril, as I see it, is that we, art therapists, inadvertently reinforce the split because of this belief; and limit our identity to political party affiliation, leaving no room for collaboration what-so-ever. For me, this time in history is demanding that I examine and discern to the depths of my ability. It is confusing and painful and again a sleep-robber, but I have come to stand in the resolve of the principle of Bridging our humanity.

Because of my education at Southwestern College, because of my transpersonal believe system and my personal spiritual practices, I struggle to see the biggest picture I can imagine. I work to have my choices in alignment with my biggest perceptions. I know I am not alone in this practice. I, personally, chose not to succumb to the splitting, dehumanizing politics, as I can perceive them. I choose collaboration for the greater good, even in the discomfort of collaborating with those who do not share my values.

It is my desire and intention to guide NMATA for this last year of my term of leadership, by the Light of these guideposts I have clarified through my own personal exploration of the current challenge in our profession, our country and our world:

• The principle that all people who seek mental health services deserve non-judgmental therapeutic support and assistance toward the personal goals they self-determine.

• The principle of activism to advocate for the advancement and improvement of social justice and healthcare for the marginalized and disadvantaged.

• The principle of collaboration and respect in search of common ground; of shared humanity; of solutions that bridge during this time of division.

• The principle of consciousness that describes how we create what we focus on as individuals and as a collective. I chose to focus on bridging at this time.

• The principle of growth and evolution through thoughtful consideration, choice, and action; which allows for change as more information is assimilated

• The principle of accepting what is, while working toward the greatest good for all.

With these guideposts, I offer a way to accept the Pence initiative at face value, knowing that allowing her advocacy does not limit our personal or professional values to hers nor define AATA’s or NMATA’s identity as hers. Because of the challenge and contemplation within the field, it has actually strengthened our identity, our principles and our resolve to hold and honor the realities of our national and global politics, while clearly articulating, educating, and facilitating social change through mental health and art therapy advocacy.

I encourage us all to live our values, to lift our voices, to be active in our world. This call to awareness and action is critical at this point in history. We are a profession of privileged women. I know that part of what drives every art therapist is the duty to use this privilege for the advancement and care of all people, particularly the most disadvantaged and underprivileged. Art therapists serve the most marginalized sect of our society, the mentally ill. We serve in ways that are respectful, gentle, kind and effective in empowering health and well-being. We bring the feminine principles everywhere we go. We live the tools and practices needed for all, to be balanced in this harsh and fear filled world.

What a calling! We are the change we wish to see.

This is our purpose, as I see it. This is our honor. This is our identity.

I pledge to do everything I can to live these principles as NMATA’s leader this year. I hope you can see, I do not do this work lightly, or without deep contemplation and care.

I want to hear from you. I want to see the things you can see, that I cannot.

I invite you to write us. NMATA has an amazing Board of Directors. These are strong, articulate women, who are here to serve you. You are invited to write to any or all of us.

Please consider attending our membership meetings, getting involved in shaping this organization, connecting with passionate art therapists for fun and support, but most important being active in our social service agenda. We will be creating alliance with like-minded state organizations this year. We will be visible in the legislature. We will be offering discounted CEUs to our membership. And we need to know where you think we should be active and involved.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and consider my opinions.

My wish is that these words have value in empowering your own personal process through these issues.

Lastly, thank you for boldly and authentically Being who You are,

For being the change, you wish to see.

American Art Therapy Association

2017 Annual AATA Conference (Call for volunteers on the Local Arrangements Committee)

A message from the Local Arrangements Committee:
November and the 48th annual American Art Therapy Conference; Art Therapy: Traversing Landscapes of the Heart and Mind, will be here before we know it. This is an exciting time to be a NMATA member! As the host chapter, we have an integral role in the conference planning and proceedings. From welcoming out of town conference guests to developing a community service project, along with the planning of special events, the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) needs your creativity, energy and time! We will be devoting a portion of our April membership meeting to outline event specifics and form sub-committees. If you are unable to make the member meeting this Saturday, April 8th, don’t worry, you’ll have additional opportunities to get involved!
Please consider joining the LAC team. This is a great opportunity to showcase art therapy in New Mexico and the unique contributions New Mexico Art Therapists make to the profession. The AATA conference comes on the heels of our recent legislative progress, providing us with a platform for art therapy advocacy. Let’s continue the momentum through the conference and into the next legislative session in 2018!
Later this summer, NMATA will be hosting a workshop for those who wish to “Lend a Hand.” This will be your next opportunity to see committees at work, experience hands-on involvement and perhaps join a committee. In the meantime, if you are interested in hearing more about the LAC and you would like to join a sub-committee now, send an email to AATA2017LAC@gmail.com to get on the email list to receive the most up-to-date LAC information.
Wendy Wasserman, ATR, LMHC
LAC Chair, President-Elect, NMATA
AATA2017LAC@gmail.com
www.newmexicoarttherapy.com

American Art Therapy Association, CEU Offerings

What a Year 2017! NMATA is busy and productive and excited!

          SPRING IS HERE!

As the Earth begins to come alive again in this Spring Season, I invite us all to breath in renewed Life; stop and admire the flowers and the beauty; take time to fill ourselves with joy and a deep sense of being connected to nature cycles.  Go outside and play!

Your NMATA Board continues to grow in our strengths and connections.  The recent Legislative effort did not result in the passing of our bills, but it created the foundation for future successful passage.  We learned a lot, achieved a lot, and feel really good about the whole process.  And we are not giving up.  At the membership meeting there will be a full review of the effort, our continued plans, an honoring of several key leaders in this effort, and information that is important for all of us to know.  The support we received from all of you was AMAZING!  It was a very gratifying effort and send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who participated!!!

We are preparing now for this first Membership Meeting of the year.   And we urge you all to please make plans to attend!  This meeting will be in Santa Fe with the next NMATA Membership Meeting to be held in ABQ September 9.

NMATA Membership Meeting
Date and Time:   April 8, 2017, 10:30
Place:  Board Member Nora Cassar’s Home @
7017 Vuelta Vistoso, Santa Fe

We will be providing a salad bar for lunch for all attendees.
We will start with relevant information about the legislative effort and present thank you gifts to those who lead the effort.  From there we will move into the plans for AATA conference in Nov.  There will be lots of other information including NMATA art therapy CEU offerings throughout the year.  We will end with a circle of peer support and sharing that will include some art-making.  Our intention for the meeting is to provide attendees with a full and rich experience and we look forward to connecting with you all.  This is your professional organization and our intention as your board is to serve you and the profession in as many ways as we can imagine.  (and we have really good imaginations!)

Take time to occasionally check-out our Website and Facebook page for updates and offerings of all kinds.

Mark you calendar for the next NMATA CEU Workshop presented by Lazaro Iglesias called Mixed Media and Assemblage.  This promises to be a very rich and wonderful experience and give you tools to work with your own clients.
April 22, 1-4pm @ Valerie Valentine Studios, 1925 Aspen Dr #701-A.

We have so much to offer each other and hope that you will participate with NMATA in supporting the well-being of the planet . . . beginning with the well-being of ourselves through community.  We hope that you will make NMATA part of your community.

See you at the Meeting!
Your NMATA Board of Directors

American Art Therapy Association, CEU Offerings, NMATA Membership, Values

November Newsletter

​Let Your Light Shine!!!

Greetings everyone!!
As we head into the home stretch of this historical Presidential election, I encourage us all to stand in your own highest values.  May we each be impeccable with our words and always offer our very best to each other.  We are the heart and soul of this nation, each and every one of us.  May we use our individual power to raise each other up, encourage creativity and health, and be our unique amazing authentic selves.  As art therapists, this is our job.  How great is that!  I am so grateful for each and every one of you.  You are an incredible clan to belong to.  I am honored to hold this position and to offer my very best to each of you.

We will be heading into our own elections soon, so please be thinking of who you will nominate to serve on our Board of Directors and please consider serving yourself.  It is very fulfilling to serve for a cause you are passionate about and our profession is certainly something to be passionate about.  We are unique in the healing/medical field because of the value we offer.  It is a privilege to sit and support our clients in knowing their unique value.    It is also a privilege to guide NMATA and to represent the art therapists in our amazing State, especially with the opportunities next year to host AATA in ABQ.

Wendy Wasserman, your NMATA Board member who Chairs the Local Arts Committee, and myself met with AATA last Thursday while they were doing a site visit in ABQ.  They were excited about next year’s conference and all we have to offer.  There are going to be some great opportunities to participate and I encourage you all to make it a point to get involved.  Call Wendy directly at 516-527-2323.

I, also, encourage you all to consider presenting your work at the AATA conference.  NMATA is offering a 3 CEU workshop next Saturday, Nov 5, from 1-4, at Mesa Vista Wellness, to help us all prepare our presentations and to successfully navigate the application process through the AATA site.  The CEU is called Professional Presentation and will also guide participants through how to present CEU workshops.  Please RSVP at 505-577-2469 or at the NMATAemail:  nmarttherapy@hotmail.com, as soon as possible.  Fee is $30 for NMATA members and $45 for non-members.  The CEU is relevant for any one wishing to create and present professional workshops.

NMATA is doing a Holiday Fund Raiser!   We will be getting a booth at the Farmer’s Market during their special Holiday Market, scheduled for the Thursday, 22nd and Friday the 23rd, right before Christmas this year.  Many of you have already volunteered to donate art work for the sale.  I am asking that anyone with some art to donate, please call me 577-2469, and let’s see if we can work out a drop off time for next weekend.  We need it soon because we need to present some of the work for jury to secure the booth.  I will keep the work safe and transport the day of the sale.  I am really inspired and excited to see all the great art and crafts being offered and humbly ask you all to consider donating at least one piece.

Last note:  Be sure and mark your calendars for the last 2016 NMATAMembership Meeting to be held in ABQ at Deborah Good’s beautiful home;  December 10, 10:30-12:30.  We are asking everyone to bring something yummy to share to eat and to bring a special gift made with intention and creativity for our gift swap.  The gift should somehow honor the art therapist and the work of therapy; some kind of self care or inspiration or beauty that reflects the care and depth of our profession.  We will be announcing the winners of our elections during this meeting.

We will be sending out an email to members only in the coming week with the details of the nomination and election process.  And that brings us full circle.

Until we connect again, validate yourselves, honor your work, strengthen your intentions, and revel in your own exquisite self-expression.  You are precious.

Dedicatedly Yours,
Val Valentine

American Art Therapy Association, CEU Offerings, Field of Art Therapy

Our Beautiful Garden Grows at Meow Wolf!

It seems like such a long time since I sat to write to you all.  It has been a full and challenging summer.  I find myself affected by a complex, ever-changing, and often heart-breaking world condition, as we all do; I am sure.  In this time of incredible transformation and challenge, it is imperative that we all hold to the things that feed our souls. I trust that our creative work that supports the well-being and health of our clients and our communities does make a difference, and that feeds my soul.  I appreciate each and everyone of you on the deepest levels.  We at NMATA endeavor to continue to provide an anchor and a place for all of us in this profession to be supported.

The AATA conference in Baltimore was incredibly empowering in this way.  To hear Bruce Moon speak of Love in our profession was truly inspiring.  To see presentations about the founders and leaders of Art Therapy validated the intention, power, and incredible value of the work we do.  To listen to art therapists from all over the world talking about the healing they facilitate, expanded vision and soothed the heart.  I am so excited that we, in New Mexico, get to host this amazing conference next year.
What an honor and a gift!!

I want to encourage you all to consider presenting your work at the AATA Conference 2017 and fully participating in any way you can.  As the hosting State there will be plenty to do, and the pay off is amazing.  You will connect and learn and be fed soul food to walk away nourished and stronger and clear about the power of the work you do.  NMATA will be presenting a CEU workshop, Professional Presentation, October 8 from 1pm-4pm for 3 CEU’s to support us all in how to present our work and the submission process for AATA.  The charge will be only $30 for members.  We hope to get as many of you as we can reach to get inspired and informed about Professional Presentation Process.  Mark you calendars and contact me directly to sign-up.  We will determine location after we see where the majority of interested people are located.  More details at the Membership Meeting…

Take note of the Membership Meeting in September to be in Santa Fe.  We are alternating quarterly between SF and ABQ.  You are all invited to attend, participate, and benefit!  We are doing a variety of work to advocate for all of us, including legislatively.  Come and get informed!!!

I invite you all to contact me directly any time, with questions, ideas, or needs.  Please know it is my joy to be available to you.  Hope to see you all in September!

American Art Therapy Association, Uncategorized

July 2015: Birds of a Feather

This month NMATA migrates to Minneapolis to attend the annual gathering of art therapists at the AATA Conference. There is always so much to do and see. I am looking forward to Abbe Miller’s Painting Process and Temple Grandin’s speech especially. Art Therapists are the friendliest flock of folks you will ever meet and oh so inspiring! We will be selling some community art and many of our members are involved in workshops, presentations and participation oh my! It becomes really clear really fast just how many birds of a feather we all are when we land in one spot. May you as well be inspired this month – lots of pictures to come! Please join us for art making and networking and brainstorming in the coming months. Enjoy summer and bring the power of creativity into your community. Flying off for now…

American Art Therapy Association, CEU Offerings, Community Outreach, Field of Art Therapy, NMATA Membership

March 2015: Creative Renewal

Wow – opportunities are springing up all over the place for NMATA! We are building a creative community faster then ever and are so grateful to have the support from a diverse group of organizations that believe in the healing power of art. Last month we met with the curator of the CCA (Center for Contemporary Arts) as well as the event organizer for MIX Santa Fe. We will also be collaborating with (OGD) Only Green Design on some fun installations at Warehouse 21 this month. We hope to have some interactive booths at both AHA Festival and at the Farmers Market this year. Lots of ideas are being generated within the arts communities as well as the mental health arenas. We plan to once again be a part of the Million Day March against Child Abuse on the Plaza this April.

As usual we have several upcoming workshops being offered through Southwestern College – so many of their alumni make up our community for which we are very grateful. Please join us for our Divination & Fashion Art Therapy workshop as well as our next member meeting and introduction to the Enneagram as a therapeutic tool at Sandi Wright’s house.

As spring approaches, I look forward to a time of renewal, refreshment and re-imaging our future. What imaginal buds are taking shape in your life? What winter dreams are yearning to manifest in your life this spring? May we all take part in the cultivation of energy within our community. We would love to hear what visions you have for our local chapter and what you hope to see for the future of art therapy. We are looking for living angels to back us financially so that we can send our board members to the AATA Conference this year as well as educate and advocate for our field more effectively. It is our dream to bring art therapy into the public schools, hospitals and across the globe as we believe it starts at home, with a few like-minded individuals like you and me and of course some creative energy!

American Art Therapy Association, CEU Offerings, NMATA Membership

February ~ Art: A Language of Love

9032784_origFebruary’s theme is Art: a Language of Love. Let’s celebrate all the ways in which we express love through artistic projects and our creative contributions to relationships, places of work and our community as a whole! January was an awesome kick off to the new year for NMATA. We grew by 20 members and updated our website so it is now your go-to place for art therapy resources. There you can find therapists, supervisors, internship sites, upcoming events, updates on progress and get involved.

If you haven’t officially joined the NM Art Therapy Association yet consider doing so this month as our annual fee will be increasing March 1st. Right now its only $30 for the year. Join here! We have several new committees starting up this year and we could use your help. Let us know which ones you’d like to serve on here by choosing from Legislative Action, Outreach, Fundraising, Interactive Art Shows and Social Media support.

We held an extremely successful workshop this past Sunday: “Intro to SoulCollage“. If you missed it, don’t worry because Stephanie Murphy and Alicia Justice are planning a series of SoulCollage workshops this summer through NMATA. Stay tuned!

February 8th, KaSandra Verrett, SWC Art Therapy student, is hosting a Book & Journal Making workshop, see flyer here.

March 15th Southwestern College will once again host our next workshop “Fashion Art Therapy” facilitated by SWC Art Therapists-in Training Mariana Marachlian and Andrea Caruso. You don’t want to miss this innovative experiential where participants will tap into their iconic essences and create clothes to match! Bring your own recycled textiles. Some materials plus snacks will be provided. By donation! Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 15th 12-3pm at SW College.  RSVP here.

Your next member meeting and workshop will be Sunday, March 22nd from 12 – 4pm at Sandi Wright’s home studio in Santa Fe, 2504 Calle de los Ninos. Sandi is a long time New Mexico Art Therapist – see her bio here. This is your opportunity to hear about what NMATA is up to, volunteer your services and let us know what additional needs you have as members. Please rsvp here. The workshop will be a deep dive into Exploring Enneagrams with Georganna Tapley, SWC Art Therapy student. $30 for (3) CEC’s or $5 for students and friends, extra donations are always appreciated! Food will be provided ~ yum.

Workshops coming this Spring/Summer include topics such as Natural Materials/Flower Essence Art Therapy, Design your Own Sand Tray, Stop Motion Art Therapy and more from Imagine Art Art Barn. We will also be hosting an Open Studio where your finished pieces can be donated to raise money for NMATA and be sold through local galleries and or this summer’s AATA Conference. Want to propose your own workshop? Email us your ideas and we will send you a Proposal Form for submission. Show off your unique perspective to the whole community.

Also, Meow Wolf and NMATA are joining forces this year so be sure to stay involved and look forward to local arts collaborative and new internship possibilities. Our website will keep you updated on these exciting prospects so please bookmark www.newmexcioarttherapy.com for convenient reference.

And don’t forget to early register for the AATA Conference this summer – save money if you do it before Feb. 3rd. For more info click here. NMATA and Southwestern College will be strongly represented this year and I am especially looking forward to attending Abbe Miller’s El Duende: Painting Process workshop that we facilitate every year at SWC for our Art Therapy Interns.

Thank you for being a part of our artistic and loving community. Happy Creating! ❤

Artistically yours,

Heather Wulfers, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC
President of NMATA, Archetypal Art Therapist and Art Therapy Advocate

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American Art Therapy Association, Field of Art Therapy, Legislation, NMATA Board, NMATA Membership, Uncategorized

January 2015: Soul Art

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Welcome to #NMATA : your resource center for all things Art Therapy in New Mexico. Our January theme is Soul Art. Follow this theme with us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter and #NMATA, like and share. We intend to have a stronger presence than ever this year and you are what will fuel our evolution so tell us what you want out of your NM Art Therapy Association!

Here you can find out what offerings we have, where events are happening and who’s who in the Mexico of New! Please visit NMATA’s website to see a listing of events and to find local therapists, supervisors and continuing education offerings. This is the place where creativity and community come together! Join us for monthly workshops and members meetings, which are held seasonally, get CEC’s, network with like-minded individuals, propose an event, volunteer your services, have fun and make art with us! We hope to see you at one of our low-cost monthly workshops. Volunteer to assist and get in free. Join NMATA now for upcoming offerings and a wealth of opportunities to catalyze your professional presence!

The next workshop will be an introduction to SoulCollage, an archetypal approach to accessing the subconscious and getting to know your other-worldly allies and guides. Facilitated by Stephanie Murphy, LMHC and certified SoulCollage facilitator since 2007, and Alicia Justin, PhD will lead you into a creative exploration on Sunday, February 1st, 12-4pm . It will be held at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. Email an RSVP to nmarttherapy@hotmail.com and hold your spot today! 3 CEC’s $10/Lunch will be provided. Want to get in free? Ask to assist, must be NMATA member.

The next member meeting & workshop will be held on Sunday, March 22nd at Santa Fe local Art Therapist, Sandi Wright’s home studio where we will explore her specialty using Art Therapy with Traumatic Brain Injury, especially those with loss of sight. 3 CEC’s $10/RSVP or ask to assist if you are a NMATA member: nmarttherapy@hotmail.com. Food and art materials provided!

Meet our new 2015 Board of Directors:

President: Heather Wulfers, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC

Secretary: Wendy Wasserman, MA, LMHC

Treasurer: Amy Griffin, MA, LMHC, ATR

Student Board Member: Christina Villareal

2015 is an exciting time for Art Therapy in New Mexico. We are closer than ever to securing third party reimbursement for our practitioners with an LPAT (Professional Art Therapist License) thanks primarily to Deborah Good, among others throughout the years. It’s been a long road but we are optimistic and could use your support. Let us know if you want to be on the phone tree to help out come legislation lobbying time. We need bodies to be present downtown to ensure our success!

Did you know Southwestern College Counseling Center has a list of groups being offered right now for clients to experience group Art Therapy at low cost? See our listing here or call (505) 471-8575 to hear more and get registered.

Also don’t miss our Red Cross training coming this spring for Art Therapists interested in being part of an on-call mobile team providing trauma response AT services to our community.

I am excited to be involved with a program designer interested in developing Art Therapy Apps for iPad and the iPhone. On that note, check out Jeanne Park’s new Art Therapy Assessment: MSSP (Multi-Sensory Stimulus Pictures) on the iPad – exciting research being done there. I saw her present at last year’s AATA Conference and it is very well designed and she could use our help expanding her research.

I am also looking forward to partnering with Meow Wolf and getting NMATA established in the new studio spaces being designed in the renovated bowling alley. What a cool community event space that will be! Imagine the art shows, fashion therapy, and creative installation possibilities for artists, clients and therapists alike.

Of course, don’t forget to register early for AATA’s Conference being held in Minneapolis this summer – should be an amazing location and it is always an invigorating experience to immerse yourself in the field of creative therapists.