FAQs

What is the education level/experience required?

  • Receive a Masters degree in Art Therapy.

  • There are alternative routes to attaining a ATR-BC if you have the appropriate education and experience. Consult www.atcb.org for more information.

Which art and psychology pre-requisites are required for entrance for an AATA approved art therapy program?

  • The exact classes vary. However, AATA approved graduate art therapy training programs require a minimum of 15 credits of undergraduate psychology including developmental and abnormal psychology classes and a minimum of 15 credits of undergraduate studio art classes.

  • Check with your program of interest for an exact list of prerequisite classes.

Where do I find a listing of AATA approved graduate programs?

What are the advantages or disadvantages of attending an approved school over a non-approved school?

  • The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) allows a graduate of an approved school to apply to be a registered art therapist after 100 hours of clinical supervision and 1000 hours of direct client contact. The ATCB requires a student from an unapproved school to have many additional supervision hours before applying to be a registered art therapist.

What is required post graduation from a graduate school?

  • After graduation, one must complete 100 hours of clinical supervision hours concurrently with 1000 hours of providing art therapy sessions, which is called client contact hours. To obtain your ATR, submit a completed ATCB application along with the required fee.

How do I become a registered and/or board certified art therapists?

  • Contact the ATCB National Office for Official Requirements at http://www.atcb.org/.

  • The ATCB provides national registration (ATR) of completion for Master’s level work at an approved Art Therapy education program, two years of supervised practice and, board certification (BC) to those ATR art therapists who pass a nationally administered exam.

What are the advantages of becoming registered and board certified?

  • The ATR-BC is the highest credential you can earn as an art therapist.

  • The ATR-BC is an assurance to employers, clients, and the public that you have met the rigorous standards set by a nationally recognized credentialing body.

What types of professional licenses are available to art therapists in Vermont?

  • The Art Therapy Association of Vermont with the support of The American Art Therapy Association has submitted a Sunrise Review Application to the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation. Public Hearings are scheduled for Fall 2016. If recommended by the OPR and approved by the Vermont legislator, the ATR-BC would become the foundation for obtaining a LAT (Licensed Art Therapy) which would be substantially equivalent to other mental health licenses in the state of Vermont.

  • Depending on your graduate training, you may be eligible for other state licensure in Vermont such MFT, LCMHC, LicSW, or Master’s level Psychologist.

  • Contact the Allied Mental Health Office of Professional Regulation to determine what other state licensure for which you may be eligible. https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/professions/allied-mental-health.aspx

What are the advantages of being a credentialed art therapist?

  • The ATR-BC is a national credential and is portable from state-to-state. The ATR-BC also means that you provide services within the ethical guidelines of the ATCB’s Code of Professional Practice.

Are there jobs for art therapists?

  • Yes, there are many types of organizations that hire art therapists. You many also consider job titles such as a Fee-for-Service Therapists, Wraparound Services, Mobile Therapists, Family Based Therapists, Therapeutic Staff Support, or Behavioral Specialist Consultant.

What is the average salary range for art therapists?

  • $29,829 – $60,658. Keep in mind that higher salary ranges typically require obtaining licenses, credentials, and professional experience. In addition, pay is dependent on setting, type of organization, and the kind of services you may be providing.

Where are art therapists employed?

  • Art Therapists conduct individual and group therapy in schools, psychiatric hospitals, medical centers, outpatient community mental health clinics, veteran’s hospitals, and private practice. Prisons, Rehabilitation Centers, Adult Day Care Centers, Nursing Homes and Hospice are other examples.

What recommendations do you have for securing a job post-graduation?

  • Remain in contact with supervisors of past internships.

  • Join your local art therapy chapter as well as AATA.

  • Network with other art therapists and mental health professionals.

  • Be willing to apply for jobs in the mental health field that don’t specifically ask for an art therapist, and then market the use of art therapy with that population as a special skill set you have to offer.

What is the ideal employment situation for an art therapist?

  • This depends upon the individual and the type of population or organization he/she is interested in working with.

  • One may want to consider the work environmental needs such as having an appropriate space to practice therapy. This space would ideally include a sink, cabinets, table and chairs as well as a door for confidentiality.

  • One might also consider additional benefits that come with the job such as onsite clinical supervision.

Is there a specific therapeutic philosophy or art therapy theory that art therapists subscribe to?

  • According to AATA, Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

  • Many different theoretical philosophies and models may be incorporated into one’s art therapy practice.

How can I find art therapists working with a specific population?

  • Professional listing in the Art Therapist Finder through AATA.

  • Check the ATAV Find an Art Therapist page.

What are the advantages of joining the local and national art therapy organizations?

  • Opportunities for networking with other professionals at educational and arts based social events.

  • Online resources such as job opportunities, quarterly newsletter, e-news including announcements, events, and workshops, as well as members only access to the website

  • Provides a sense of community

Is there research to support art therapy as an effective treatment? If so, where may I find this information?

  • Yes! There is research that supports the use of art therapy.

  • Current art therapy based journals include: The Arts in Psychotherapy, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, International Journal of Art Therapy.

 If I am moving from another state to practice art therapy, what do I need to know about art therapy in Vermont? What resources are available to me to assist with this transition?

  • Join ATAV and visit our website @ www.arttherapy-vt.org

  • Look into the state licensure requirements of the state you are moving to.