I will say the alumni reception was a HUGE success, with more than a couple of hundred attending throughout the night–at one point we had 5 AATA Honorary Life Members and 6 past presidents all in attendance. It was simply amazing. All the presentations by all the alumni, students and faculty were extremely well-attended. Drs. Rosal and Gussak also presented at a mini-conference the Sunday after the conference, along with Dr. Debbie Good and Dr. Judy Rubin, at Antioch University’s art therapy program in Seattle, directed by Dr. Janice Hoshino, for their students, faculty and alumni. This was a blast; each one of us presented separately, and the highpoint for all of us was presenting a discussion panel focusing on the Generations of the field, all providing our various viewpoints and histories and where the field is going.
The Annual American Art Therapy Association Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington from June 26 – 30, 2013. This year’s theme will be Art Therapy: Creating Visual Expression and Healing, which will focus on art therapy as an effective tool for promoting and supporting emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual wellness and recovery. It includes the focus on the power of the image and the ability of the creative process to promote integration, enhance self-awareness, and support growth and healing. This theme also encompasses the use of art therapy for the strengthening of community physical and social health.
Dr. Marcia Rosal and Dave Gussak will both be presenting at this conference. Two of our current students, Frances Morris and Mallori Willis-Rauch will also be presenting a paper together, along with countless alumni. The FSU Alumni and Friends of the FSU Art Therapy Program Reception will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013, in the nearby Pikes Market, beginning at 8:00pm.
American Art Therapy Association Conference
Saturday, June 29, 2013
On FSU Campus
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Barnes and Noble
7:00pm – 8:00pm