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AATA's 52nd Annual Conference- San Diego

Deadline March 14th

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Our Mission

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.

Who We Are

We are an inclusive community of healing arts practitioners and their supporters.

We advocate for access to professional art therapists and the advancement of the art therapy profession.

As art therapists, we provide integrative mental health and human services that enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Our professional members work in various settings with diverse populations.

We uphold social justice and sustainability through education, outreach and advocacy. 

SoCalATA's intention is to promote Art Therapy for the benefit of all.

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The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by

the compassionate actions of its members

-Coretta Scott King


The power of art and creativity- facing challenges together as a community.

SoCalATA Online Art Therapy Gallery, a space where our members have the experience of sharing their art made during this period of social distancing when we need each other the most.  This will be an online dialogue to inspire, nurture, practice self-compassion, and build community.  This gallery is a reminder of the impact of art in our lives and its power to express and help us feel connected in this shared experience. 

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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.

California Art Therapy Advocacy Initiative

Art Therapists from Northern and Southern California have joined forces to create the California Advocacy Initiative, a campaign for art therapy advocacy in California.  The goal is to expand art therapy access, education, and services provided by professionally trained art therapists by gathering 5,000 letters in support of our field.

Act Now!

Here's your letter.

Upcoming events

Regional Liaisons

Work as an art therapist can feel isolating at times with our field often misunderstood or dismissed as recreation.  SoCalATA wants to help connect professional art therapists and art therapy students through our regional liaison programs. 

In an effort to be more inclusive of all our members we are looking for art therapist to represent their regions. If you are a SoCalATA member living in one of our ten counties, we'll list you on our website as a contact person for local news and events. Contact  us today for more information.

Regional News & Events


SoCalATA is an affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association.  There are many benefits to  joining SoCalATA and we welcome your interest in joining our community of involved local art therapists and students in our professional organization.  

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Genia Young, LMFT, ATR-BC


Clarissa Greguska, MA, ATR, LPCC

Chapter Delegate

Jessica Schulman Edelstein, LMFT, ATR-BC, CDP


Serena Hsieh, LMFT, ATR


Kathryn Scarim, MA, ATR-P




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As the impact of COVID-19 on our community and members continues to unfold we will monitor the developments of the outbreak as they occur.  We are committed to keeping our members and volunteers safe, and encourage you to make your own well-being a priority as you continue to take care of your families and your clients.  We urge you to stay informed and stay connected. There are many active communities available to us that are offering resources, free or reduced cost services and education, and virtual opportunities to be together socially.

Most SoCalATA business operations will continue as usual.  You can reach us by emailing  We ask for your patience as there may be some delays in responding. Board meetings will proceed monthly as scheduled via ZOOM. In alignment with public health guidelines, all in-person gatherings are postponed until further notice.  Please continue to visit our website and check your email for updates.

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