Field of Art Therapy, Legislation

SWC hosts important NMATA meeting about Legislation

Dr. Debbie Good and Lisa Graff have been working extraordinarily hard to support the success of Art Therapists in the State.  They have a bill written that will eliminate discriminatory practices that do not allow professional Art Therapists to be reimbursed by Group Health Care Insurance Plans.

Senator Cisco McSorley has agreed to sponsor our bill.

We have arranged this meeting to inform all stakeholders of the needs and next steps to support the successful passing of this important law.  The legislative session runs January 17 – March 20 this year and we need to get organized and active now.

•                Meeting Date:  Tuesday, January 24, 2017
•                Time:  5:30pm for refreshments; 6:00 – 7:00 for information, discussion, and volunteer sign-up
•                Location:  Large Art Classroom at Southwestern College

We have done the footwork and now WE NEED YOU!  We need every one of the stakeholders in the art therapy profession to attend.  This includes current art therapists, students, faculty, alumni, school officials, NMATA members, friends of NMATA, and consumers of art therapy; those who can testify to the power of this form of treatment.  Please consider asking clients that you feel would be willing to testify, to attend this informational meeting.

Take the action to come, get informed, and involved!

Community Outreach, Legislation, NMATA Membership, Uncategorized

August 2015: Flying Colors!

Membership is growing as we continue to provide opportunities for creativity, education and networking through our monthly workshop series. We formed two new committees in 2015, focusing on interactive arts and social media, both in an effort to promote NMATA and Art Therapy awareness in New Mexico. Our social media presence has grown with over 3500 Facebook followers and we’re enjoying steadily increasing numbers on our Instagram and Pinterest pages.

Our Interactive arts committee has been busy as we gear up for Fiesta season in Santa Fe! NMATA will have a booth at the After Hours Alliance (AHA) festival this fall where we will be inviting the community to join us in the creation of an art installation. Our guerilla style marketing initiatives (leaving small pieces of artwork in prominent areas) has increased our visibility in an effort to support our legislative committee’s hard work to have the state recognize Art Therapy as an independently licensable profession, eligible for third party payments. We’re getting close!

In other exciting news, we are developing a relationship with Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment production company who has partnered with Santa Fe’s George RR Martin (creator of Game of Thrones) in the opening of a multi-use art complex on the site of an old bowling alley. The complex will be a large shared workspace for artists and makers, designed to encourage skill exchange and dynamic collaboration. We are working with the organization to include Art Therapy services to their plans. It’s an exciting time to be part of the New Mexico Art Therapy Association!

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

January 2015: Soul Art


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 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: 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.

Legislation, NMATA Membership, Reflections

New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

8616869by Laura L. Lansrud-López

As the New Year approaches, I am filled with enthusiasm and optimism at the many possibilities which lie ahead for me personally and for the New Mexico Art Therapy Association. The past few years have been challenging for our chapter, with dwindling member involvement and difficulty connecting to the many art therapists practicing in New Mexico. We are in transition, and the dawning of 2013 brings a new flood of energy.

It is with a vision of a flourishing, active, dynamic, and inclusive chapter that I embrace these new year resolutions:

1) We will reach out to our members and listen for ways we can best meet their needs and encourage participation;

2) We will actively invite new members and openly welcome art therapists, therapists using expressive arts, students, and friends of therapeutic art making;

3) We will hold an inclusive attitude aimed at support our members and connecting with others across disciplines;

4) We will develop a cohesive community of art therapists by providing space and materials to make art together, providing continuing education and workshops, hold regularly scheduled meetings for exchanging ideas and developing professional relationships;

5) We will develop a legislative action committee to work with the state legislature regarding third-party payment for therapy services provided by licensed art therapists (LPAT) in New Mexico;

6) We will develop collaborations with other professional organizations, agencies, and groups which will be mutually beneficial and will advance art therapy in New Mexico.

These resolutions are my vision, and my commitment.

What resolutions would you add?