The Southern California Art Therapy Association
The Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit chapter of the American Art Therapy Association.
SoCalATA Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the Southern California Art Therapy Association to serve its members and the general public by supporting standards of professional competence, developing and promoting knowledge in and of the field of art therapy within Southern California.
Southern California Region:
The Southern California Art Therapy Association includes Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial Counties.
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process used in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self esteem and self awareness and achieve insight.
Who is Qualified to Practice Art Therapy?
Art therapists are professionals holding a minimum of a master’s degree in art therapy or a related field with specialized training in art therapy. They are skilled in the use and application of many forms of art and the use of many art materials (drawing, painting, sculpture and other media) for assessment and treatment. Art therapists work with individuals, families, couples and groups of all ages with a variety of mental health issues and life challenges. Art therapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, psychiatric, medical, residential, educational, assisted living, and in private practice.
Locate an Art Therapist in Your Area:
Click here to locate an art therapist in your area who is credentialed by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB).