Last November, following the national American Art Therapy Association conference, I wrote a blog about resisting and expressed my opposition to decisions made by the AATA Board of Directors. I also said that I wanted to stay involved with AATA and work for change.
So I’m running for a spot on the board.
In my role at Southwestern College, I continue to be moved by the commitment of my students as they enter this field. Does the field embrace therapists of color, or those who are gender-fluid, or gay, lesbian, transsexual, or differently-abled, or challenged socio-economically? How can I not work for inclusivity, diversity and a broader understanding of intersectionality?
In my role as a supervisor of my students’ clinical work, I am nearly undone by the harsh stories swirling through our community about the current experiences of immigrants in our community. How can I not work for justice, respect, sensitive care, access for all to mental health services, and basic human rights?
I’m hoping to be a strong voice, in a new way, supporting the amazing healing power of art therapy.
I also promise to be a strong listener. My door, and my ears, will stay open.