& Creative Arts Therapies Week March 15-21, 2020


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Member Association Annual Conferences

Each member association hosts an annual conference which showcases cutting edge research in their field and provides avenues for professional development.



American Art Therapy Association  

Washington, D.C., Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2020

North American Drama Therapy Association

San Diego, CA, Nov. 5-8, 2020

​American Dance Therapy Association

Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Oct. 15-18, 2020




American Music Therapy Association 

Atlantic City, NJ, Nov. 18-22, 2020


National Association for Poetry Therapy

Albuquerque, NM, April 2-5, 2020


Creative Arts Therapies Week: March 15-21, 2020!

During a week in March each year, creative arts therapists sponsor special workshops, exhibitions, career days and other events to share their work with the public and other professionals. Here are ways you can participate:

  • Follow NCCATA on Facebook

  • Share information about the creative arts therapies with your own network: research, news stories, case examples (with client permission) or your own experience working as a creative arts therapist

  • Write to your legislators or schedule a meeting to discuss your profession, and make them aware of the creative arts therapies

  • Contact NCCATA’s Communications Coordinator and describe how you plan to celebrate. Email a link to your website, blog posts, and social media posts with photos, and NCCATA will share on its Facebook page and on this webpage.


Here is how Creative Arts Therapists Celebrated in 2019:

Paint the Stars Art Therapy will be engaging their clients in a major art project called "Art Therapy Gives Me Wings".  Over 50 children will be participating in creating art and sharing quotes about how art therapy has helped them. Be sure to follow NCCATA on Facebook and view the big reveal of the final product on March 10th. Here is a preview of some of the clients' contributions:

Institute for Therapy through the Arts is hosting its 4th Annual Creative Arts Therapy Conference March 29-30.  Visit their Facebook page during Creative Arts Therapy week for a special promo code and receive a 25% discount on registration. View the full conference program here.

Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies Conference

NYU Steinhardt, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of Visual Arts, Drexel University, Pratt Institute, Valparaiso University, Lesley University, the NYSADTA, and Karen Scott Fairchild have come together to celebrate #CATSWeek2019 with the second Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies conference at the MET in NYC on March 16, 2019 - co-chaired by Nisha Sajnani and Yasmine Awais. Be sure to follow this event on social media with #cpat2019. ​