Art Therapy Licensure Updates

WE TRY TO UPDATE THIS AS SOON AS WE GET NEW INFORMATION.

FOR THE LATEST NEWS, BE SURE TO READ THE MEMBERSHIP EMAIL FOR MONTHLY UPDATES OR FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @vaarttherapy

YOU CAN ALSO GO TO 

https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/counseling_calendar.htm to view the upcoming meetings of the Art Therapy Advisory board day/times, agendas, and meeting minutes. The minutes have the actual draft of the Art Therapy License regulations. 

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2021

At the August 20th meeting, the art therapy advisory board unanimously voted to pass the amended regulations. You can view the regulations here:

https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/GetFile.cfm?File=meeting\25\32825\Minutes_DHP_32825_v1.pdf
 

UPDATE AUGUST 2021:

The Art Therapy Advisory Board within the Department of Health Professions met on July 23. They are still discussing specific regulations and making amendments to the draft. You can view the drafts, attached to the minutes. Here are the minutes:

https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/GetFile.cfm?File=meeting\25\32693\Agenda_DHP_32693_v1.pdf

 

The next meeting is set for August 20. The public is welcome to attend. 

UPDATE From the Virginia Board of Counseling  January 2021 Newsletter:

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE LICENSURE OF ART THERAPISTS

Chapter 301 of the 2020 General Assembly requires the Board to promulgate regulations governing the practice of art therapy. The Code specifies the credential the Board will consider as qualification for licensure as an art therapist and as an art therapy associate. The Board will adopt additional requirements similar to other licensed professions for a fee structure, renewal or reinstatement, continuing competency, supervision of persons in training, and standards of practice.

The Board adopted the NOIRA at its November 6, 2020 meeting. The Office of the Governor is currently reviewing the NOIRA. Please note the regulatory process can take 18 to 24 months to complete. As such, it will be awhile before the Board begins issuing licenses to art therapists.

 

Please keep informed by registering on Townhall and visiting the Board of Counseling website for updates. 

https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/meetings.cfm

VIEW THE ENTIRE NEWSLETTER BY CLICKING HERE

UPDATE March 2021:

The Art Therapy Advisory Board within the Department of Health Professions met in November  The LPAT (Licensed Professional Art Therapist) is currently in the regulatory process and under NOIRA. Art therapists are being encouraged to leave a public comment in support of this regulation.

https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewstage.cfm?stageid=9145

 

UPDATE December 2020:

The Art Therapy Advisory Board within the Department of Health Professions met in November  The LPAT (Licensed Professional Art Therapist) is currently in the regulatory process and under NOIRA (Notice of Intended Regulatory Action) which is a process that takes from 18 months to 2 years. After this process has been completed and regulations have been approved and finalized, then the LPAT license is ready for applicants. We will keep you updated as we receive updates from the Advisory Board.

 

UPDATE October 2020:

ADVISORY BOARD ON ART THERAPY

The Governor appointed the following persons to the Advisor Board on Art Therapy, that falls under the Board of Counseling:

 

Brenda Bonuccelli, LCSW

Chair Gretchen Graves, MS, ATR-BC, CDATA

Elizabeth Anne Mills, LPC, ATR-BC

Vice-Chair Lelia Saadeh, LPC, ATR-BC

Holly Zajur

UPDATE August 2020:

 

The state is currently assembling an Art Therapy Advisory Board. 

UPDATE APRIL 2020:

 

In March of 2020, Gov. Northam signed the VA Art Therapy Licensure bill(SB713) into law.

Summary: "Board of Counseling; licensure of art therapists and art therapist associates. Requires the Board of Counseling to adopt regulations establishing a regulatory structure to license art therapists and art therapist associates, as those terms are defined in the bill, in the Commonwealth and establishes an advisory board to assist the Board in this process. Under the bill, no person shall engage in the practice of art therapy or hold himself out or otherwise represent himself as an art therapist or art therapist associate unless he is licensed by the Board."

To view the entire bill, click HERE

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