- What Is Art Therapy
- Registration (ATR)
- Maintaining Your Credentials
- Board Certification (ATR-BC)
- Art Therapy Certified Supervisor
- ATCB Student Brochure
- Info for International Applicants
- Code of Professional Practice
- Find A Credentialed Art Therapist
- ATCB Board of Directors
- ATCB Committees
- Management Office
- Contact Us
Welcome to the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.!
Welcome to the Website
We are glad that you decided to visit our website and hope that the information you find here is useful. We have organized our information to be accessible for the beginning student who wants to learn more about credentialing; for the applicant who needs guidelines and forms; for the credential holder who wants to learn what is new at ATCB; for members of the public who may be interested in learning more about art therapy; and for the employer who needs to verify an art therapist’s credentials. We welcome your feedback and suggestions to continually improve our information for those we serve.
ATCB is working on developing a new user friendly and interactive website that will be tied to a database. We plan on the new website and database to roll out throughout 2014-2015. So look for changes to our website in the near future and new interactive tools to better serve your needs as a credential holder.
The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) mission is to protect the public by promoting the competent and ethical practice of Art Therapy through the credentialing of Art Therapy Professionals. The ATCB takes this mission very seriously and works diligently to meet it.
We accomplish the mission by offering credentialing programs that result in Registration (ATR), Board Certification (ATR-BC) and Certification in Art Therapy Supervision (ATCS), and by upholding the ATCB Code of Professional Practice to set the parameters of ethical practice.
Our first-tier credential is the Registered Art Therapist (ATR) that requires specific graduate-level education in art therapy and documentation of supervised post-graduate clinical experience. An ATR then may apply to become Board Certified (ATR-BC). Board Certification requires the successful completion of the national examination demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of the theories and clinical skills used in art therapy. An experienced Board Certified Art Therapist may also apply for an Advanced Supervisory Credential (ATCS). The ATCS is designed for professional art therapists who have acquired specific training and skills in supervision, and insures that supervisees receive the best training available.
As we begin 2013 we would like to thank the 4,955 art therapy professionals who have met the requirements for credentialing through ATCB. At this time, 2,377 are credentialed as ATRs and 2,578 hold the ATR-BC. Of those, 45 ATR-BCs also hold the ATCS.
Who We Are
In preparation for upcoming 2014 new year, I am sad to say farewell as I step down from my role as president of the ATCB. We welcome Ed Oechslie as the new ATCB president starting this January. Ed brings incredible managerial as well as art therapy knowledge and experience to this position.
The ATCB Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Charles K. Purcell as our new Public Member Director. Mr. Purcell is a director in the Albuquerque office of the Rodey Law Firm and a member of the firm’s Health Law practice group.
Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions not answered on this site, or if you have suggestions for improvements.
Penelope Orr, Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATCS
The mission of the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc. (ATCB) is to protect the public by promoting the competent and ethical practice of Art Therapy through the credentialing of Art Therapy Professionals.