Step by Step

Start by going to the DPH website

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH

 

Click on Practioner licensing

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/PLIS/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations-Section

 

Click on Art Therapist

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/Art-Therapist/Art-Therapist

 

This will bring you to a page with several option as well as Fees:

Initial Application:  $315

Reinstatement:  $315

Renewal: $190

Licensing Requirements

Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.

An applicant for licensure must:

Have earned a graduate degree in art therapy or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education, and

Hold a current credential or certification  as an art therapist (ATR-BC) from the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB).

Documentation Requirements:

An applicant for art therapist license shall arrange for the submission of the following directly from the source to this office:

A transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher education verifying the award of a master's degree in art therapy or a related field;

The Department will verify ATCB certification online.  If the applicant's involvement with this documentation requirement is necessary, the applicant will be contacted directly;

If applicable, verification of all art therapist licenses held, current or expired.  The purpose of the verification is to document license history including any disciplinary action taken.  Please contact the state in which you hold or have held an art therapist license and ask that they send written verification of the license to this office.

A completed application with photograph attached.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.  The application fee is $315. 

Please arrange for the transcript to be submitted directly from the school to this office:

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Art Therapist Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Fax:  (860) 707-1981

Email:  dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov

Endorsement of an Out-of-State License

An applicant for licensure by endorsement shall present evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant is licensed or certified as an art therapist, or as a person entitled to perform similar services under a different designation, in another state or jurisdiction that has requirements for practicing in such capacity that are substantially similar to, or higher than, those of this state and that there are no disciplinary actions or unresolved complaints pending in this state or any other state.

Documentation Requirements:

A completed application with photograph and fee of $315.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.

Please arrange for all states to submit written verification of your licenses.  The purpose of the verification is to document that you have not been subject to any type of disciplinary action.  Department staff will review the other state's licensing requirements and determine if they are substantially similar to, or higher than, those of this state and that there are no disciplinary actions or unresolved complaints pending.  This review takes apporximately six weeks.

Please arrange for the state's to send the verification directly to:

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Art Therapy Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

 

Reinstatement of a Lapsed License

Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.

 

An applicant for reinstatement of a Connecticut license that has lapsed due to non-renewal shall arrange for the submission the following documentation directly to this office from the source:

 

The applicant’s current curriculum vitae (CV) or synopsis of professional activity since completion of the applicant's master's degree in art therapy;

 

If applicable, verification of any out-of-state licenses held, current or expired, submitted directly to this office from the source.  Please contact the jurisdiction prior to submission of the request as some may charge a fee for this service;

 

Verification from the appropriate authority confirming the applicant's most recent experience as an art therapist including dates and overall evaluation of the applicant's ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety.  If the applicant is in private practice, a letter from another practitioner with whom the applicant has referred clients will suffice.  The letter must indicate dates of the referral relationship and an evaluation of the applicant's ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety.

 

Typically, applicants for reinstatement who have not been in active practice for longer than five years are required to complete a period of refresher training.  Applicants to whom this applies will receive further information from the Department upon receipt of all required documentation.

 

Applications are only accepted online.  The application fee is $315.  If you do not recall your login information you may use the 'Forgot Password' or 'Forgot User ID' options when applying.

 

All supporting documentation should be forwarded from the source to:

 

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Art Therapist Licensing

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Fax:  (860) 707-1980

Email:  dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov

Temporary Permit

The Department of Public Health may issue a temporary permit to an applicant for licensure as an art therapist who holds a graduate degree in art therapy or a related field.

Such temporary permit shall authorize the holder of the temporary permit to practice art therapy under the general supervision of a licensed art therapist at all times during which the holder of the temporary permit performs art therapy.

Such temporary permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed three hundred sixty-five calendar days after the date of attaining the graduate degree and shall not be renewable.

No temporary permit shall be issued under this section to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint in this state or any other state. The fee for a temporary permit shall be fifty dollars.

Applications Instructions:

An applicant for temporary permit shall arrange for the submission of the following directly from the source to this office:

A transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher education verifying the award of a master's degree in art therapy or a related field;

A completed application with photograph and fee of $50.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.  

A completed application for a full art therapist license with photograph and fee of $325.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.

Please arrange for the transcript to be submitted directly from the school to this office:

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Art Therapist Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Fax:  (860) 707-1981

Email:  dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov

Practice Act

Sec. 20-195mmm. Art therapists. Use of title. (a) As used in this section:

(1) “Art therapy” means clinical and evidence-based use of art, including art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork, to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an art therapy program approved by the American Art Therapy Association, or any successor of said association;

(2) “Art therapist” means a person who has been licensed as an art therapist pursuant to Section 178 of Public Act 2019-117 or issued a temporary permit pursuant to Section 179 of Public Act 2019-117.

(3) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health; and

(4) "Department means the Department of Public Health.

Sec. 177. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2019) (a) No person may use the title "art therapist" or "licensed art therapist" or make use of any title, words, letters, abbreviations or insignia that may reasonably be confused with licensure as an art therapist unless such person is licensed pursuant to section 178 of this act or has been issued a temporary permit pursuant to section 179 of Public Act 2019-77.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to (1) prohibit or restrict any activity or service, including the use of art or art materials, by a person who is licensed or certified by the department of a nationally recognized licensing or certifying organization when acting within the scope of such person's professional training, provided such person does not represent himself or herself to the public as an art therapist or as licensed to practice art therapy pursuant to section 178 of this act, or (2) a student enrolled in an art therapy educational program at an accredited educational institution, or a graduate art therapy educational program approved by the American Art Therapy Association, or any successor of said association, provided art therapy is an integral part of the student's course of study and such student is acting under the direct supervision of a licensed art therapist.

Sec. 178. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2019) (a) On and after October 1, 2019, the Commissioner of Public Health shall grant a license as an art therapist to any applicant who, except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, furnishes evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that such applicant (1) has earned a graduate degree in art therapy or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education, and (2) holds a current credential or certification as an art therapist from the Art Therapy Credentials Board, or any successor of said board. The commissioner shall develop and provide application forms. The application fee shall be three hundred fifteen dollars.

(b) An applicant for licensure by endorsement shall present evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant is licensed or certified as an art therapist, or as a person entitled to perform similar services under a different designation, in another state or jurisdiction that has requirements for practicing in such capacity that are substantially similar to, or higher than, those of this state and that there are no disciplinary actions or unresolved complaints pending in this state or any other state.

(c) Licenses issued under this section shall be renewed annually pursuant to section 19a-88 of the general statutes. The fee for such renewal shall be one hundred ninety dollars. Each licensed art therapist applying for license renewal shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the commissioner of having a current credential or certification with the Art Therapy Credentials Board, or any successor of said board, and having obtained continuing education units for such credential or certification as required by said board.

Sec. 179. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2019) The Department of Public Health may issue a temporary permit to an applicant for licensure as an art therapist who holds a graduate degree in art therapy or a related field. Such temporary permit shall authorize the holder of the temporary permit to practice art therapy under the general supervision of a licensed art therapist at all times during which the holder of the temporary permit performs art therapy. Such temporary permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed three hundred sixty-five calendar days after the date of attaining such graduate degree and shall not be renewable. No temporary permit shall be issued under this section to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint in this state or any other state. The commissioner may revoke a temporary permit for good cause, as determined by the commissioner. The fee for a temporary permit shall be fifty dollars.

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