In recognition of this exciting milestone, I would like to reflect on the power of social media, its important role within the art therapy community, and how technology continues to transform how we choose to obtain our information, news, develop our networks and relationships, as well as what influences and inspires us. Recently on @arttxalliance’s Twitter feed, I came across this blog post by Creativity Coach Dan Goodwin entitled How to Find Where Hope is Hiding. Goodwin’s post captured the words and meaning of what drives much of my passion for using technology for community organizing in the art therapy field. Reflecting on his article inspired me to think about the amazing impact of social media on the art therapy community and what has quickly developed for our profession over the last couple of years as a result. As Goodwin’s article highlights, the Internet (and I would add especially the social media revolution) makes it possible to embrace connection, information, and inspiration from many,many other resources and alternatives out there on the grid, rather than having to depend on a single source that ultimately you may no longer see yourself reflected in, connected to anymore, or meeting your needs.
Goodwin’s article champions that there is no need to endure this kind of suffering, frustration, apathy, and isolation any longer. You can take action to do something and get yourself plugged in and connected to what really motivates and inspires you! Yes! Isn’t it great that at the ease of one’s fingertips on the keyboard or mobile device, art therapists can now quickly access like minded individuals and communities of their choosing via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, (and more!) that really empower and meet professional art therapy needs for dialogue, feedback, daily inspiration, and connection? I know I am constantly in awe how the web resources, on-line tools and the global e-networks for The Art Therapy Alliance, International Art Therapy Organization, and Art Therapy Without Borders bring together thousands of art therapists, art therapy students, and advocates of art therapy all over the world who share and support our common visions, as well as bring hope, energy, and encouragement to the work art therapists do each and every day.
Here’s a big shout of gratitude to all of our friends, followers, supporters, and partners for building, embracing, participating in, and choosing our web communities and to contributing to The Art Therapy Alliance’s 3000 strong and counting on Facebook!
P.S.– Don’t forget if you’re interested in learning more about the topic of social media and art therapy, Cathy Malchiodi and I will be presenting on this topic for the 1st Annual International Creative Arts Therapies Teleconference
next week. On Day 2/August 24 we will be speaking about Leveraging the International Art Therapy Community through Social Media
to introduce and highlight the many on-line resources and web tools available for art therapists to use for promoting, developing, and supporting international art therapy work and the work of art therapists worldwide. Learn more about the ICAT Teleconference and how to register here