FSU Art Therapy Program

FSU art therapy professor awarded American Art Therapy Association’s highest honor

A Florida State University Department of Art Education faculty member was recognized by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) with an Honorary Lifetime Membership, the highest honor awarded by the organization. Dave Gussak, professor of art therapy, was recognized for accomplishments throughout his career, which has spanned over 30 years — more than 20 of […]

FSU Art Therapy international conference tackles pandemic-related mental health issues

Mental health issues are a continuing concern among youth and families, especially with the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why Florida State University’s Art Therapy Program is bringing together art therapy professionals during the international conference, “The Learning from COVID-19 Experiences Project,” where they can exchange techniques and methods for building resilience as well as showcase their […]

FSU, Florida Department of Corrections expand Art Therapy in Prisons program

A Florida State University program that provides art therapy to adult inmates with special needs has undergone a major expansion through a renewed contract with the Florida Department of Corrections. Since January 2020, a groundbreaking partnership between FSU’s Art Therapy Program and the Florida DOC has provided young adult inmates with special needs and obstacles the opportunity to earn their General Education […]

FSU Art Therapy research team awarded NEA grant to study mental health

A research team from Florida State University’s Art Therapy Program has received a $99,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to study using the arts as a proactive mental health strategy for Generation Z, individuals who were born between 1995 and 2015. The team, led by Theresa Van Lith, an associate professor in art therapy, will build on their previous research to identify […]