Upcoming events

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Response Forum

    The purpose of this virtual event is to collect valued member feedback regarding the Board Notice sent to members on Nov 2nd.

    Additionally, we would like to create a platform on our website (inclusive of the new Logo mentioned in the letter) to provide the following optional opportunities:
    • Statements/feedback may be shared with and viewed by members in our Art Therapy Community.
    • Statements/Feedback may be accessible to the public
    • Statements/Feedback may be accessible to AATA
    Once you have uploaded your statement, you will have the option to choose if/how your statement can be shared. Your feedback is invaluable, and we are sincerely grateful for your participation in this campaign.

    To submit your response, please click the REGISTER button to your left. 

    Below is a copy of the letter sent to our members on November 2nd.

    Dear Valued Member of SoCalATA,

    Many of you are aware that the second lady, Karen Pence recently announced her art therapy initiative: Art Therapy Healing with HeART. This announcement was made in October at the FSU campus alongside AATA President, Donna Betts and other community leaders. As a board, we are painfully aware of the challenges many art therapists in our community (and around the nation) are experiencing regarding this controversial issue.

    We write this letter to acknowledge our many members who have voiced concern and strong reactions to AATA and this announcement. As a board and affiliate chapter of AATA, we were also surprised by the recent alliance made between our National Association, AATA, and Mrs. Pence.

    The SoCalATA Board would like to take this opportunity to make it clear to our members that we are an inclusive community of healing arts practitioners and their supporters. We are cognizant that our professional members work hard each and every day to remove disparities among different groups of people we serve, and to remove mental health obstacles for those who are most vulnerable and disenfranchised in this country. As art therapists, we advocate for marginalized persons who have been stigmatized, villainized, and victimized in our society. We also oppose conversion therapy as it goes against the code of ethics of our profession in addition to violating the code of ethics of LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and other licenses that many art therapists hold.

    As fellow colleagues, we implore you to share your perspective, wisdom, and insight on this issue, and any issue that affects our community here in Southern California and nationally. We continue to request feedback; and in an effort to be transparent and the voice of our membership, we want to hear from you! Should you have any questions regarding this matter or any concerns pertaining to the direction of our field, our chapter, professional identity, or specific agenda that you would like to see your local chapter focus on, we welcome your input. You may contact us, or reach out to any of us personally.

    SoCalATA is launching a campaign that demonstrates our inclusiveness to best represent our chapter’s interest. We will be looking for a tag-line image/design to go with our SoCalATA logo. We invite all members to submit an image and tagline! Please send a high-resolution jpeg image in both color and B&W. A final image will be selected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in January of 2018 by the popular vote of those in attendance. Additionally, the winner will receive $100 and a free SoCalATA membership for a year. We are looking for a design that speaks to this campaign communicating SoCalATA’s intention to promote Art Therapy for the benefit of all.

    To consolidate our effort to clarify the needs and desires of Art Therapists practicing in California, we (1) collaborated with NorCATA and sent out a member survey in the month of March 2017, for which we received combined 21% response rate; and we (2) provided feedback from the survey to AATA; and (3) immediately following our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in January of 2018, we will be holding a Round Table discussion regarding feedback received in an effort to strengthen our chapter and to clarify our chapter goals for the coming year. Please do attend the meeting and the Round Table and have a direct impact on your chapter’s activities.

    We look forward to seeing you and holding a space where we can openly share our concerns and desires for our chapter. Please look out for SAVE-THE-DATE e-mail regarding the AGM.

    P.S. Please also note that we have requested nominations for Board Member positions and Committee Chair positions. If you are interested please contact and review what positions are available at our website:

    This letter has been sent to all SoCalATA members. As we desire to be transparent, AATA and the NorCATA Board have been copied on this email.

    SoCalATA values you!


    Your SoCalATA Board

    Saba Harouni Lurie, President

    Angelique Poisson, President Elect

    Madoka Urhausen, Delegate

    Sung Liskin, Treasurer

    The Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit chapter of the American Art Therapy Association.

    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.

    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.

    " As fellow colleagues, we implore you to share your perspective, wisdom, and insight on this issue and any issue that affects our community here in Southern California and nationally... We want to hear from you! "

    Saba Harouni Lurie, President

    Angelique Poisson, President Elect

    Sung Liskin, Treasurer

    Madoka Urhausen, Delegate

    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • ChildNet in Long Beach

    Please JOIN US 

    SoCalATA 2018 Annual General Meeting 

    AGM, Town Hall, CEU Presentation

    Presenter: Lisa Falls, LPCC, ATR-BC

    Sunday, January 28th, 2018

    8:30 Networking & Registration

    9:00 Annual General Meeting with coffee and snacks

    10:30 Town Hall Meeting to discuss Chapter priorities for 2018

    12:00 Break for Lunch (Pizza, salad, refreshments provided)

    12:30 - 2:30 Presentation by Lisa Falls

    2:30 Networking & Close

    Breakfast and the AGM is free! 

    Lunch and 2 Credit CEU Presentation will be $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

Past events

16 Dec 2017 All Are Welcome Here CEU Event
02 Dec 2017 All are Welcome Here: The Art of Connection: 2017 SoCalATA Art Exhibition Opening and Holiday Celebration
10 Sep 2017 Beach Blanket Picnic VI
21 May 2017 Los Angeles LMU Sponsored CEU Event
20 May 2017 San Diego Gathering and CEU Event: Art Therapy, Compassion And Creativity
04 Feb 2017 2017 Annual General Meeting
04 Dec 2016 2016 Holiday Party
04 Nov 2016 SoCalATA Art Exhibition: Creating Mindfulness
11 Sep 2016 Beach Blanket Picnic V
27 Feb 2016 2016 Annual General Meeting
06 Dec 2015 2015 Holiday Party
20 Sep 2015 Beach Blanket Picnic IV
08 Jul 2015 AATA Annual Conference
16 May 2015 San Diego Networking & Presentation by Zulma DiGuadio
08 Feb 2015 2015 Annual General Meeting
07 Dec 2014 SoCalATA Chapter Holiday Party
11 Oct 2014 San Diego Gathering - Networking & Presentation by M. Creek
10 Sep 2014 Opening Reception ART OF HEALING
06 Sep 2014 Beach Blanket Picnic III
27 Aug 2014 ART OF HEALING
09 Jul 2014 AATA Annual Conference
07 Jun 2014 Enter the Show: ART OF HEALING
30 Mar 2014 2014 Annual General Meeting
08 Dec 2013 SoCalATA Chapter Holiday Party
01 Nov 2013 Support Our Students
07 Sep 2013 Beach Blanket Picnic II
26 Jun 2013 44th AATA Annual Conference
02 Mar 2013 2013 Annual General Meeting
22 Sep 2012 SoulCollage Workshop
19 Aug 2012 Beach Picnic
09 Jul 2012 2012 AATA Annual Conference
09 May 2012 National Children's Mental Health Day Celebration
17 Mar 2012 Ethics and Legal Issues for the Art Therapist March17, 2012
11 Feb 2012 2012 SoCalATA Annual General Meeting
02 Dec 2011 Art by Art Therapists Gallery Exhibition: Now showing until December 31
12 Nov 2011 SoCalATA Celebrates 40th Anniversary: Sign Up Now--Deadline Oct 20
06 Jul 2011 2011 American Art Therapy Association Conference
14 May 2011 Art Therapy & Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
03 May 2011 May 3rd-- Children's Mental Health Day
16 Apr 2011 SoCalATA and Free Arts for Abused Children Tour and Mixer Opportunity
05 Mar 2011 Annual General Business Meeting
16 Oct 2010 RAKU Painting with Fire

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