48th Annual Conference
Early Bird Registration Will Open on April 3, 2017
The theme of the 48th Annual Conference, Art Therapy: Traversing Landscapes of the Heart & Mind, reflects how the use of art therapy brings together an all-inclusive approach to wellness, providing a rich platform to inspire our presenters as they bring their knowledge to light. Our conference is the premier art therapy event. You’ll be able to learn the latest techniques in art therapy and expand your knowledge, network with leading professionals in the field, earn continuing education and refresh and reinvigorate your career! Click here to learn more about this exciting destination! What's New This Year?
Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
We are pleased to present our featured keynote presenter for the plenary on Saturday, Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management and Founding Co-Director, Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University, and the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian psychologist, is known for his research on the experience of flow, a psychological concept he introduced in his best-selling book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial, 1990). Other renowned works on positive psychology include: A Life Worth Living: Contributions to Positive Psychology, Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society, and Deviant Heroes and Social Heroism in Everyday Life: Activist and Artists. He has been the principal investigator on eight grants in the last 10 years, and is a member of the American Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Leisure Studies.
- A brand new "free" Mobile App for your Smartphone/Device will be available from the App Store in early summer! You'll be able to create a personalized conference schedule to easily navigate the sessions you want to attend, network with others at the conference, connect to Social Media, and search for sessions by categories, keywords, and presenters. No more fumbling around with a Paper Program Guide, if you don't want to! The meeting app will also provide you with "live" updates and notifications about the schedule.
- An expanded program! More educational sessions and workshops have been added to the schedule on Saturday, taking the day until 5:00 p.m. So plan to stay the entire time, and consider a half-day advanced practice course on Sunday morning too! Review the schedule-at-a-glance for more details.
- An expanded Open Art Studio and Exhibit Hall! Check out the schedule-at-a-glance.
- A Breakfast Plenary on Saturday Morning to recognize our awards, honors and scholarship recipients. Attendees who purchase the Full Conference Registration Package have tickets to the breakfast included. Economy Package attendees may purchase tickets a-la-carte. Read more here.