Finding Someone Who Can Talk to You / Your Organization / Your Program About Art Therapy

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Finding Someone Who Can Talk to You / Your Organization / Your Program About Art Therapy

I am often contacted by clinicians, professional organizations, students, and graduate/undergraduate programs interested in learning more about art therapy and/or arranging for a guest speaker who can present on the subject.  While I’m happy to field as many requests as I can, you should know that there are others who can help you as well!  As you think about writing that paper in the semester ahead or filling the holes in your speaker schedule for 2012, keep the following information in mind.

 

The Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 503 (a.k.a. the Licensed Professional Counselor Act) provides title protection for art therapists.  This means that a person has to have obtained the Licensed Professional Counselor with Art Therapy Specialty designation (LPC-AT) in order to legally hold herself/himself out to the public as an art therapist:

SUBCHAPTER J. PENALTIES AND ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS.

§503.452. CRIMINAL OFFENSES.

(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly:

(3) represents the person by the title “Licensed Professional Counselor — Art Therapist,” “Art Therapist,” or by the initials “L.P.C. — A.T.” or “A.T.” without:

(A)   holding a license with a specialization in art therapy under Section 503.303; or

(B)   (B) holding a license under Section 503.309

(I skipped subpoints 1 and 2 here, as they aren’t relevant to the use of the term “art therapist”…and if you browse the document looking for Section 503.309, you’ll find it doesn’t exist.  Go figure.)

 

There are some exceptions to this requirement, but you’ll have to read the Licensed Professional Counselor Act to find them.  At any rate, you can find LPC-ATs by going to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors home page and selecting “Find a Licensee” on the left.  From the dropdown menu, choose “Rosters”.  Lastly, scroll down toward the bottom of the page until you see the “Licensed Professional Counselor – Art Therapy Specialty” rosters.

 

LPC-ATs generally are in good standing with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) as well.  The ATCB is the national credentialing body in art therapy, and its mission is “to protect the public by promoting the competent and ethical practice of art therapy”.  The ATCB offers three credentials:

  • Art Therapist Registered (ATR)
  • Art Therapist Registered-Board Certified (ATR-BC)
  • Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS)

 

There are individuals in Texas who have earned credentials through the ATCB but have not pursued the LPC-AT.  These people possess, at the very least, a substantial amount of art therapy knowledge and skills that was obtained through graduate coursework/fieldwork and post-graduate supervised experience.  Though they may not be able to legally hold themselves out to the public as art therapists in Texas, they can still be called upon to share their strong knowledge base and skill set.  You can find them by going to the Art Therapy Credentials Board home page and selecting “Find a Credentialed Art Therapist” on the left.  From there you can search by credential (though “ATCS” isn’t a choice yet!), state or non-US country, or last name.  Please note that the ATCB does not make contact information available to the public, so you might have to do some creative digging in order to get in touch with these individuals.

 

Despite the fact that Texas doesn’t have a graduate program in art therapy, you can still locate individuals who’ll provide you with a wealth of information regarding the subject.  And with that in mind, your paper can soon be written or the holes in your 2012 speaker schedule can soon be filled…what a relief as you coast through the holiday season and wind down 2011 in preparation for the New Year.  ENJOY!

 

With appreciation for the important work you do,

Megan December 2011

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