- “What issues do you see for art therapists and the wider public due to the profession’s alignment with Karen Pence?
- “How do you understand the efforts by Karen Pence and members of AATA to frame their initiative in non-political terms?”
2. I understand that the AATA wishes to divorce their actions from their ethics. Unfortunately, the AATA cannot uphold AT-CB ethics codes will “embracing” Karen Pence. Registered and Licensed art therapists have an ethical duty to their clients and to the profession to advocate for the health and welfare of participants. Claiming that they are not endorsing Karen Pence, through a variety of synonyms and and carefully worded obfuscations. LBGTQ Americans have been repeatedly gas-lit about the state of our rights and the protections offered to us. The AATA actively gas-lighting LBGTQ art therapists and participants by saying the ‘do not endorse’ but simply ’embrace’ is unethical. It does considerable harm to art therapists and participants, which according to the AT-CB is a violation of our duties as professionals. The AATA’s lack of membership consultation prior to the endorsement, repeated dismissal over the past 9 months, and failure to public contradict or correct Karen Pence’s speech is harmful. Doing so is to abandon the very foundation of the principles of the AATA which is, according to the AATA, to advocate for the profession, for professionals, and for the participants we serve.
“What issues do you see for art therapists and the wider public due to the profession’s alignment with Karen Pence?