Art Therapy Licensure

CT Now Has an Art Therapy License!


A special thank you to Ellie Nicol, our Government Affairs Chair who has worked tirelessly over the last 6 years for this. Without her persistence and determination we would not be able to celebrate this monumental event!

Things you should know about Art Therapy Licensure in the State of CT

CLAT- Clinical Licensed Art Therapist

Our licenses was passes as part of the State Budget and will go into effect on October 1st, 2019

If you are Masters level Art Therapy student or hold a Masters in Art Therapy that qualifies you for ATCB credentials you may call yourself an Art Therapist and say you do Art Therapy without penalties from the Department of Public Health.


One can call oneself an art therapist if they are credentialed thru the ATCB minimally with an ATR or is a recent graduate from an accredited art therapy graduate program and working under the supervision of an ATR-BC or ATCS. 

The license will require you hold an ATR and pass the BC exam. There is no secondary exam. It is just the BC exam. 

Currently you must have your ATR-BC to be eligible for the CLAT.

There is a clause which would provide a temporary Art Therapy License for those working toward their ATR hours and BC exam. It is valid for 1 year and not renewable.

The Connecticut State Department of Public Health is now responsible for developing protocols for licensing art therapists.

We will share that information as it comes in.