The Connecticut Art Therapy Association (CATA) is an affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).
CATA’s mission is to establish statewide recognition of the art therapy profession through community outreach, education, public awareness, and disaster recovery efforts. CATA will foster and develop expansion opportunities for the art therapy profession and its members through shared goals and initiatives bringing value to our community and to our profession.
The future vision of CATA will explore and create new platforms through education, research, legislative initiatives, and wellness. Through research study and practice advancement, CATA will explore and develop innovative methods and interventions to bring about evidenced-based assessment and healing. Through regional network gatherings and peer support groups, CATA will encourage the need and importance for its members to invest in their own self-care and wellness practices as helping professionals.
The Connecticut Art Therapy Association (CATA) operates under an Executive Board of Directors, led by its President, Mary Pellicci Hamilton, MSAT, ATR-BC, LPC, an art psychotherapist in private practice in Westport.
The Executive Board also includes: Margaret McGovern, Recording Secretary; Abigail Tischler as Corresponding Secretary, Sarah Anacleto, Chairperson for Member Advocacy Committee, Ellie Nicol, Chairperson for Governmental Affairs Committee, Annette Bonomo and Kendra Carlson, GAC members.
Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D, an international leader in the art therapy profession, serves as an ex-officio CATA Board Member.
American Art Therapy Association/CATA Member Services:
Recent trail stops: Westport! Hamden! New Haven! South Glastonbury! Hartford! Wolcott!
Sign up to Host a Meet & Greet
at your art studio
Come network on a creative journey where we’ll take a statewide tour of our fellow art therapists’ art studios/offices.
Where will the CATA Art Therapy Trail stop next? Sign up and join in the discovery journey!
Become a CATA Leader
There are several board positions available along with committee roles as well. The following executive board positions are available or may be coming up vacant: Vice President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Delegate, and Alternative Delegate.
The following committees are also available to either head or join: Governmental Affairs Committee, Nominating Committee, Student Committee, Membership Committee, and Event Committee.
Contact us below or email: MaryHamilton@ArtforTherapy.org
✯ Art Therapy Licensing Bill Heading to the Senate ✯
Raised S.B. 354 An Act Concerning Music and Art Therapy was approved by unanimous vote (28-0) by the Public Health Committee. We are on our way to the General Assembly and need to rally members and supporters to contact their state senators and local representatives to gain support.
CATA Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) continues to work to obtain an independent Clinical Art Therapy license for art therapists in Connecticut. The GAC also seeks exclusive title protection to ensure public safety against non-trained individuals from mis-identifying their work as 'art therapy.'
What you can do: Contact your legislators and educate them about the practice and clinical benefits of art therapy treatment. Believe it or not, many do not have basic knowledge of our work or profession.