Conference Registration

Preconference Registration is Now Closed. Please register with us Onsite at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown:

Tuesday, October 29 - 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 30 - 7:00 am to 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 31 - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, November 1 - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 2 - 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Registration Categories - Both Member and Non-Member registration packages as noted below. Members save at least 30% on the registration package alone, so consider joining today. Click here to learn more. When you add more items (workshops, tickets to events, etc.) the member savings increase!

  • General Attendee: Registrants who are not eligible for another category must register as a general attendee.AATA members register for the conference in the same category as their membership. For example, Credentialed Professional and Professional members register as General Attendees.
  • New Professional/Retired Member: Available only to American Art Therapy Association current members in the retired/new professional membership categories.
  • Student: Student members of the American Art Therapy Association, or non-member student individuals who are taking courses in art therapy or a related field. For non-members, a copy of your student ID and either a letter of verification from the program director or a current schedule of your courses are required.


Please read the Cancellation and Refund Policy BEFORE you register. 

  • Most of the educational sessions at the conference DO provide continuing educationClick here to read the Continuing Education Policy.
  • Pre-registration and additional fees are ONLY required for seats in the Workshops, Advanced Practice Courses and the Master Class. These sessions include an experiential element using art supplies. Seats are limited and sessions typically fill up by the end of early bird registration. We do not manage a waiting list, so please register early to make sure you get seats in the sessions that you really want to attend. Only two workshops per day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are permitted for each attendee.
  • The majority of the conference sessions (Posters, Papers, Panels, Plenary Sessions, etc.) do NOT require pre-registration or additional fees. Simply go to the designated meeting rooms at the appropriate time for "open seating."
  • Policy on Children and Infants at the Annual Conference: The AATA Annual Conference is an adult learning environment for professionals.  Because children and infants can sometimes cause unintended disruptions, in consideration of all attendees we encourage you to make other arrangements for your child’s care while you attend the conference.  Additionally, some conference events require tickets where either food is served or there is limited seating. In these instances, children and/or guests are not permitted without the purchase of a ticket to that event.  To address liability concerns children should never be left alone in the meeting space, including sessions, the Exhibit Hall and Art Studio.  We appreciate all attendees’ adherence to this policy.
  • Review the online schedule, or download the detailed conference brochure for the full program schedule. 
  • Beginning on April 2, you can Register online or download the Conference Registration Form to register by Fax or Mail. 
  • Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  
  • Click here to review the online schedule with search features. 
  • If you prefer to register by Mail or Fax download the Registration Form.
Registration Package Types and Fee Schedule

Full Conference Registration includes educational sessions, plenary sessions including keynotes, scheduled refreshment breaks, and a ticket for the Opening and Closing Receptions. 

NOTE: The Full Registration Package does NOT include additional fees related to workshops, advanced practice courses, Master Class, or special events.

Economy Registration includes all items in the Full Package Registration, EXCEPT tickets to the Opening and Closing Receptions. 

NOTE: The Economy Registration Package does NOT include additional fees related to workshops, advanced practice courses, Master Class or special events. However, these tickets can be purchased separately.

Single & Two-Day Registration Packages include educational sessions, plenary/keynote sessions and scheduled refreshment breaks for the day(s) you are registered. Daily Packages do NOT include tickets to the President’s Opening Reception or the Saturday Closing Reception. The Daily Packages do NOT include tickets for special events, workshops, or advanced practice courses, or Master Class.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Association considers Annual Conference Registration refunds only in cases of illness or a debilitating health condition which restricts travel and full conference participation by the registrant. The health condition could also be that of a direct family member which would restrict the registrant from attending. In addition, death of an immediate family member or significant other that restricts travel and full conference participation by the registrant is covered by this policy. The illness must be documented by a physician’s letter; the death must be verified by an obituary or other proper means. Refunds for registration only are provided at the percentages and timeframes noted below. As there are no refunds within two weeks and through the conference itself, a credit of 50% of the registration fee is given (if policy restrictions are met) to be applied to registration at the next Annual Conference. You may also want to consider transfering your registration to someone. See more below.

  1. Refunds will only be issued for core conference registration and single day registration.
  2. Registration fees for workshops, advanced practice courses, Master Class, and special events are non-refundable.
  3. Refunds will be considered with required documentation at the following intervals:
    (a) Refund requests more than eight (8) weeks prior to the conference - refund 75% of the registration (Requests must be submitted by September 4, 2019.)
    (b) Refund requests between eight (8) weeks and (2) weeks prior to the conference - refund of 50% of the registration fee (Requests must be submitted from September 5 up until October 16, 2019)
    (c) Refund requests within two (2) weeks of the conference -No Refund-a credit of 50% of the registration fee may be applied if the situation meets policy (Refunds and/or Credits will not be considered if notification is sent after October 16, 2019).

    Click here to download the Cancellation and Refund Request form. Return the completed form and documentation to, or fax to (703) 783-8468.


You may also transfer your registration to another person. To do so, the attendee finds someone to purchase their registration, and acquires the money directly from the individual. Then, once the money is received, the original attendee notifies AATA about the person who purchased the registration. AATA will change the name on the registraiton and contact information and email both indivdidual (original attendee and new attendee) to confirm.

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