From Washington #apples to #custardapple , I am quite enjoying this transition. I usually visit home in the summer for mangoes and had forgotten how much goodness winters in the tropics have to offer. The custard apple was brought to Asia by Spanish traders and is known as #aata in Bangla as well as in Portuguese. What is it called in your language?
#tropicalfruit , #fruit , #Kolkata
NorCATA extends our deepest empathy to victims and survivors from the #CampFire in Butte County. We can take care of our community with love and grace.
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The trauma facing Californians is incomprehensible. On behalf of AATA and our #arttherapy community, our hearts are with the victims, their families, friends, and wider communities, and with all those who have not yet heard news of their loved ones. If you are an #AATA member and would like to join a discussion among #arttherapist colleagues on how to respond to natural and human-caused disasters in your community and contribute to efforts across the country, please login to MyAATA to join the forum thread.
There is good news!
Art therapy is not concerned how the art product turns out. Yes, stick figures are just as good as realistic drawings in art therapy treatment. For some clients, art therapy treatment doesn’t include drawing at all. Art therapy uses the language of metaphors.
The artwork you create does not have to be aesthetically pleasing or even finished. In my clinical experiences, I have used a variety of art therapy interventions with everyone from toddlers to life-sentenced elderly inmates.
Many therapists use art in therapy, but only a handful in this area are certified and trained in clinical art therapy. When seeking art therapist for you or your child, I encourage folks to look for appropriate credentials and educational experience.
The American Art Therapy association is a great resource in finding a credentialed art therapist in your area. But art therapist friendly tip: the letters looks something like ATR, ATR-BC, ATR-P, or ATCS near or around their name.
If you don’t know — ask the therapist about their training — about art therapy credentials or anything otherwise. It is your time, your space, and deserve to find a therapist whom you have a clear sense of their education and training level.