Art Therapy License
Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of our Legislative Committee, as well as the efforts of many other Maryland art therapists and supporters, particularly those who lobbied their representatives directly and/or testified in Annapolis, the art therapy profession will now be regulated and protected under law. Our bill was signed into law on May 29, 2012, and went into effect in October of the same year.
Art therapists meeting the standards to be licensed under the Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) or the Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist (LGPAT) designations will have all the privileges and responsibilities afforded by state licensure.
1. What is the Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) and how will it affect the practice of Art Therapy?
It is a professional license for Maryland Art Therapists regulated by the state Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. The license permits an individual to legally practice art therapy in the state of Maryland.
2. Who is eligible for the LCPAT?
Any Art Therapist who graduated from an American Art Therapy Association (AATA) approved Master’s program with 60 credits is eligible. The Art Therapy Board Certification exam is the required exam for licensure.
3. What are the requirements for the LCPAT?
- 60 credit master’s degree from an AATA approved school
- 3000 client contact hours (2000 of which are accumulated post graduation.)
- 200 Supervised hours
- Passing score on the Art Therapy Credentials Board Exam
4. Is there a graduate level license?
Yes. An art therapist is eligible for the Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist (LGPAT) if they have completed a 60 credit AATA-approved Master’s program and are receiving supervision from an LCPAT or other licensed mental health professional. Once an art therapist has fulfilled the required 3000 contact hours and passed the Board Certification exam, they can obtain the LCPAT.
5. Is there a “grandfathering” period and what does that require?
A grandfathering period was previously in effect from October 1, 2012 through October 1, 2014 to accommodate Registered and Board Certified Art Therapists (ATR-BC) that were in practice prior to the establishment of the license. All subsequent applicants will have to follow the guidelines of the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to qualify for either LGPAT or LCPAT.
6. Do all 60 credits need to be from an AATA-approved program ?
Yes, they do. AATA accreditation keeps educational requirements consistent.
7. Will the LCPAT be recognized by insurance companies?
Yes, several art therapists in private practice have been successfully paneled with major insurance companies to become In-Network providers.
In addition, clients working with Out-of-Network clinicians may be eligible for reimbursement through their insurance provider. (Please note that it is the responsibility of the individual seeking therapy to verify with their health insurance provider on the extent of their coverage and eligibility for reimbursement rates. It is advisable to accomplish this prior to beginning sessions).
8. How can an Art Therapist apply for the license ?
The license went into effect on October 1, 2012. Applicants can visit http://dhmh.maryland.gov/bopc/SitePages/Home.aspx where there is a section for the LCPAT or LGPAT. An art therapist will sit on the board and review applications.
9. Can an Art Therapist hold both an LCPC and a LCPAT?
Absolutely, if an Art Therapist already holds the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) or is working towards it, they are able to maintain that license. However, the LCPAT will be required to practice art therapy in the state of Maryland as of October 2014.
10. I already have the LCPC and I took the National Counselor Examination (NCE). Do I still need to take the Board Certification exam for the LCPAT?
Yes. The LCPAT is an art therapy specific license and as such, it is important that the Board Certification exam from the Art Therapy Credentials Board be the standard.
11. What is included in the LCPAT scope of practice?
The definition of an LCPAT was written to have parity with the other licenses under the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. According to legislation, LCPATs will use art therapy for diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of psychological and emotional or mental conditions.
12. Does this include title protection?
Yes! By regulating the practice of art therapy at a state level, those practicing and advertising themselves as art therapists will have to be licensed as an LCPAT or LGPAT. This means that individuals with no art therapy background will no longer be able to call themselves art therapists or advertise that they provide these services.