Ethics, Conduct and Disciplinary Action for Art Therapists
Licensed Art Therapists in the state of Maryland follow the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) Code of Ethics and Conduct, and the Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene COMAR regulations. All licensed and credentialed art therapists are expected to follow these guidelines for ethical practice of art therapy to the public.
Unlawful Practice of Art Therapy
Due to state licensure of Art Therapy in Maryland, it is unlawful to provide art therapy to the public without the denotation of Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) by the state licensing board.
If you have questions about someone’s representation of herself or himself as an art therapist, as providing art therapy services, as having an art therapy degree, certification, credentials, or license, please first try to ascertain whether or not the person actually has the credentials claimed by verifying their credentials.
If you believe, after a reasonable inquiry, that this person is deliberately misrepresenting herself or himself, there is an official avenue of redress to follow. Due to state licensure of art therapy in Maryland, all complaints should be directed to the State of Maryland.
Please contact the Ethics Chair of the Maryland Art Therapy Association with any further questions.