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Professional Art Therapist Licensure



 

General Information

The application asks you whether you are applying for a license as a Professional Art Therapist by examination or reciprocity.

  • If you hold a current Professional Art Therapist license in another jurisdiction (state, District of Columbia or U.S. territory), apply by reciprocity.
  • If you do not hold a current Professional Art Therapist license in another jurisdiction, apply by examination.

Read all instructions carefully before completing and submitting your application. You must pass the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) before you apply. Failing to follow instructions may delay your licensure. All auxiliary forms you need are included.

Requirements for All Applications

These items are required for all applications, regardless of whether you are applying by examination or reciprocity.

  • Applications that are incomplete, unsigned or not notarized will be rejected.
  •  Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to the “State of Delaware.”
    • If you hold an active Delaware Associate Art Therapist license and are applying for upgrade to a Professional Art Therapist license, enclose the upgrade fee instead of the full processing fee.
    • Applications not accompanied by the required fee will be rejected.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a verification of licensure from each jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory, District of Columbia) where you now hold, or have ever held, a license to practice as an art therapist professional or associate art therapist. You may use the Verification of Licensure form accompanying the application to request the verification.
  •  Arrange for the Board office to receive verification of your Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination scores (ATCBE) in writing. To request verification, email atcbinfo@atcb.org.

 

Additional Requirements for Applications by Examination

When applying by examination instead of reciprocity, you must submit documentation of your art therapy education and post-Masters professional art therapy experience in addition to the requirements listed in the Requirements for All Applicants section above. Both you and your supervisor(s) should carefully follow the instructions for completing the required forms. Incomplete or incorrectly completed forms delay processing of your application. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of or in addition to the forms.

  • Arrange for your college/university to send an official transcript directly to the Board office.
  • Documentation of your coursework is needed when your graduate program of studies no in the discipline of art therapy. If you do not have a Master’s or Doctoral degree in art therapy, you must show that the degree in which you received encompasses the nine areas listed on the Evaluation of Coursework  form and submit the following:
    • completed Evaluation of Coursework form (included with the application)
    • course catalog or course descriptions
  •  You must complete at least 1,600 hours under direct supervision. To verify these hours, arrange for the Board office to receive one or more Direct Supervision Reference forms completed and signed by your approved clinical supervisor(s). The supervisor(s) must mail the forms directly to the Board office.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive one or more verification forms to verify the experience that you gained when you were not under the direct supervision of a clinical supervisor.
    • For experience while you were employed, arrange for your clinical or administrative supervisor(s) to complete and mail one or more Art Therapy Experience Verification-Employment forms directly to the Board office.
    • For experience while you were self-employed, arrange for a professional colleague, supervisor or other individual who has personal knowledge of your professional practice while self-employed to complete and mail one or more Art Therapy Experience Verification-Self-Employment forms directly to the Board office. The person who attests to your experience while self-employed cannot be your spouse, former spouse, parent, step-parent, grandparent, child, step-child, sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin or in-law.
    • For details on post-Masters professional art therapy experience, see Post-Masters Art Therapy Experience Requirements
    • All verification forms must clearly state the total number of post-Master’s professional art therapy experience hours that you have provided. Giving only the dates of your employment or self-employment is not sufficient.
    • When combined, the mandatory 1,600 hours verified on the Direct Supervision Reference forms added to the hours verified on all of the Art Therapy Experience Verification-Employment and Art Therapy Experience Verification-Self-Employment forms must total at least 3,200 hours.  All of these hours must span a period of not less than two but no more than four years.
    • Since you have passed the ATCBE, you may apply 1,000 hours of supervised experience towards the 1,600 hours of required direct supervised experience.

 

Additional Requirements for Applications by Reciprocity

To apply by reciprocity, you must hold a current Professional Art Therapist license in another jurisdiction (state, District of Columbia or U.S. territory), and the license must be in good standing. You must also meet the requirements in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.

  •  Whether or not you need to submit any more documentation depends on how long you’ve been licensed in the jurisdictions where your license is current.
    • If you have been licensed at least five years in any one jurisdiction, no further documentation is needed. You may be licensed by reciprocity.
    • If you have been licensed less than five years in each of them, submit copies of the licensing law/rules and regulations from each jurisdiction where you hold a current license in good standing.
  •    When required to submit law and rules as explained above, the Board will review the licensing standards of the other jurisdictions and determine if any of them is substantially similar to Delaware’s standards.
    • If any of the jurisdictions has substantially similar standards, you may be licensed by reciprocity. No further documentation is needed.
    • If none of the jurisdictions has substantially similar requirements, the Board office will notify you that you cannot be licensed by reciprocity. However, you may apply by examination or for an Associate Art Therapist license.

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