Terms and Conditions

Thank you for being part of our community. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with them.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these guidelines. Questions should be directed to membership@arttherapy.org.

The Guidelines

  • Respect others and their ideas. Extend the benefit of the doubt to authors and be honest—ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question or statement, and avoid off-topic postings. Personal attacks are not allowed.

  • Use caution when discussing client and patient information. Do not share personally identifiable information about individuals in your care.

  • If you are discussing situations involving patients, ensure all identifiable information is extracted and that all comments you make are within HIPAA and FERPA guidelines.

  • Remember that things you post in discussions and libraries are available for all members to see, and any information you share is subject to state and federal law. Do not post anything that you would not want associated with your professional likeness.

  • All defamatory, abusive, inflammatory, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited and may be removed.

  • If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way. If you wish to advertise a product or service to members, please contact AATA for information on the proper ways to do so. Comments and discussions should not be promotional in nature; items such as job postings or career recruitment resources should be directed to the Career Center.

  • Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.

  • When sharing files and other data, please indicate if the content is not available for reuse. If you do not want others to share or use the content, reconsider sharing it with the community.

  • Please contact the owner(s) of shared material on the community if you would like to reuse it.

Discussion Group Etiquette

  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities. This helps eliminate duplicate threads and makes it easier to search discussions.

  • Be concise and clear in your subject line and your post. If you have multiple questions, use bullet points or numbers.

  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too” to individuals by clicking “Reply to Sender.” Do not send these messages to the entire list.

  • Be thoughtful with your posts and remain on-topic. If you have a different subject to discuss, consider making a separate thread.

  • Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, change your settings in your profile.

  • If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply update your profile or contact AATA.

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of American Art Therapy Association.  American Art Therapy Association is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by American Art Therapy Association or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall American Art Therapy Association be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, inflammatory, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials.  Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants American Art Therapy Association and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

American Art Therapy Association does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of American Art Therapy Association we will take all appropriate action.

American Art Therapy Association reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Privacy Policy

Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site:

Our Service Providers
We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf.

Business Transfers
Your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Government and Legal Disclosures
We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

External Sites
We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as news-feeds.

Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet
While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.  For any other information please contact us at membership@arttherapy.org.