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 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


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?