In Maryland, a clinical art therapy license (Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist) or a graduate art therapy license (Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist) is required to practice art therapy.
The following licenses are granted by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. According to legislation, art therapists will use art therapy “for diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of psychological and emotional or mental conditions”.
Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist (LGPAT)
A Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist may practice graduate professional art therapy for 2 years under the supervision of an approved art therapy supervisor, while fulfilling the 2-years post graduate supervised clinical experience requirement. Receiving an LGPAT is NOT a necessary prerequisite to obtaining an LCPAT, but rather functions as a placeholder in the process of completing additional requirements.
Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT)
A Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist permits an individual to legally practice art therapy in the state of Maryland.
Graduation from an EPAB approved program, subject to approval from the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, to include specific credits in content areas such as:
- Personality Development
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Lifestyle and Career Development*
*Please note: Not all art therapy graduate programs will include coursework in each of the content areas that are required for licensure in the State of Maryland. Occasionally, additional coursework (commonly in addictions and career counseling) must be completed by art therapists seeking license in Maryland. Education audit may be performed by the Board of Professional Counselors, for a fee, prior to application.
3,000 direct client contact hours must be accrued. 1,000 of these hours may be completed in a graduate practicum or internship site. 2,000 must be completed post-graduation.
200 hours of clinical supervision with an approved clinical supervisor are required.
A passing score on the Art Therapy Credentials Board Exam (ATCBE) as well as the Maryland Law test are requirements to obtaining the LCPAT.
Even if you have taken the National Counselor Examination as a requirement for other types of state license, you are still required to pass the ATCBE in order to obtain an art therapy license in Maryland.
Transferring an Out of State License, or Applying for License by Exemption
If you would like to transfer an out of state license to Maryland (such as LCAT, LPAT, LPC, etc), please Contact the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists directly. These types of requests are done on a case-by-case basis, and depend on the educational background and other requirements which qualified you for the license you currently hold.
Learn about the history of the Maryland Art Therapy License