I wanted to laugh out loud. I wanted to watch Stephen Colbert’s art therapy interview and feel smugly validated by a national presence whose show I love to watch.
Instead I feel crankily protective, like my tiger image, of a field I love. I admit to smiling and smirking a little during the “art therapy” scenes. I believe we have to have a sense of humor about our profession, and our work. I’m not angry, and some art therapists are. I think we need to remember that this was a late night COMEDY show. It wasn’t ever intended to showcase the beautiful, healing work of art therapy.
But I’m cranky, nevertheless. Somewhere outside of AATA’s relationship with Karen Pence, and the awkward portrayal of art therapy on Colbert’s show, is the truth of who we are and what we do. HOW do we help people know us?
Deborah Schroder, M.S., ATR-BC, LPAT
Art Therapy/Counseling Program Chair
Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program
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