"I was around before AATA was formed," says Connie Livingston-Dunn, PhD, ATR-BC. Nowadays, she finds that being an AATA member acts as an extension of her education as an art therapist and offers a more extensive support network. Connie began practicing art as therapy in 1966 after discovering Margaret Naumberg's 1947 book, Studies of the 'Free' Art Expression of Behavior Problem Children and Adolescents as a Means of Diagnosis and Therapy. She joined the newly formed AATA a few years after hearing about it in 1971, and applied for registration using her many years of work as an activity therapist at a state institution. "When I discovered art therapy was an actual profession, it perfectly meshed with my interests in art, psychology, and helping others to heal," she notes. In the 80s, she served as interim Director of the Art Therapy internship program at Mount Mary University (then College) and taught for the Atira Art Therapy program at the Oasis Center in Chicago.more
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