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Art Therapy Q&A
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]joym
Thu, 1 Oct 1998 18:08:46 -0400
Holy Cow! My mail box is full of e-mails asking about Art Therapy, so I
hope you don't mind if I write one answer here. I'll also try to get back
to individuals as time permits! The American Art Therapy Association will
provide information packets & Educational Guidelines upon request. They can
be reached at 1202 Allanson Road, Mundelein, IL 60060, #847-949-6064. Entry
level into the field (meaning readiness to practice) is considered to be
the completion of the Masters degree, which are offered throughout the
country. Yes, there has been a board certification in place for several
years. It is a practice based exam offered through the Art Therapy
Credentials Board, Inc. They hired the folks in Princeton who develop the
SAT's to write a test. You have to have already received the ATR credential
in order to sit for the exam. That means you have completed all the
prerequisites & educational training, plus the post-Masters training hours.
The credential conferred is the ATR-BC. In my case, my major was in
Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy. So, I have qualified for
licensure as a Clinical Counselor as well as an ATR-BC. Art Therapy is an
exciting field, but still has a long way to go in terms of grassroots
acceptance. It is VERY important to do one's homework when choosing an
educational program and in deciding where to practice. These decisions can
make or break whether one is able to make a viable income. Although I do
not regret the path I have followed to obtain my art therapy credentials,
in some ways I wish I had become an art teacher like you (my original
plan). The training in A.T. is so long, it is not unusual to find yourself
far from the active "doing" of art by the time you complete the "therapy"
part. Perhaps, that is why I have closed my practice & gone back to the
studio full time!
Sorry this was so long.