I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Sheri Gaynor nominated me to take her spot as the Southwest Regional Coordinator for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) since she is now a Co-Chair of the Regional Committee. I got the official word so I wanted to share this good news and tell you more about IEATA.
In case you aren’t familiar with IEATA, here is their mission statement:
The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association supports artists, educators, consultants and therapists using multimodal expressive arts processes for personal and community transformation. We provide a global forum for dialogue, promote guiding principles for professional practice, and work to increase recognition and use of expressive arts as a powerful tool for psychological, physical and spiritual wellness.
Many folks wonder what in the world are the expressive arts. Here is the official definition from IEATA:
WHAT ARE THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS?
The expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development.
IEATA encourages an evolving multimodal approach within psychology, organizational development, community arts and education. By integrating the arts processes and allowing one to flow into another, we gain access to our inner resources for healing, clarity, illumination and creativity.
There are two professional credentials that IEATA has established:
*REAT (Registered Expressive Arts Therapist) registration is designed for those using the expressive arts in psychotherapy.
* REACE (Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator) registration includes expressive arts consultants and educators using the expressive arts in a broad range of approaches in education, organizational development, health fields and more.
One of my main goals this year is to apply to become a REACE. Even though the application process is quite intensive and extensive, I feel it is a positive affirmation of my 20 year expressive arts journey.
I encourage you to visit the IEATA Web site and take a look around. There is a wealth of information on colleges and institutes that offer both degrees and professional trainings in expressive arts. If you utilize the expressive arts in your work and aren’t a member of IEATA, take a look at the membership benefits. A project in the works is the creation of a Global Resource Network.
I am very excited about creating more buzz around both the expressive arts and IEATA. One idea discussed at the Southwest Regional Meeting during the IEATA conference is organizing a mini conference on the alternate year from the big conference. If you live in the Southwest and are interested in the expressive arts, I’d love to hear from you!