Art Therapy Licensure Updates
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Virginia Art Therapy Advisory Board:
Click here to see a list of who is currently on the Art Therapy Advisory Board through the Secretary of the Commonwealth
There will be a position open in June of 2022. Feel free to apply at this website to be on the advisory board at any time. It is open to all Board Certified Art Therapists (ATR-BCs), Licensed Health Care Professionals, and Members of the General Public
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:
1. Adoption of Regulations Final Draft - Completed on 08/20/2021
2. Approval by the Department of Planning and Budget - TBD
3. Approval by the Secretary of Human Resources - TBD
4. Governor's Approval - TBD
*** At some point in the process there will be another 60 day Public comment time period that VATA will do our best to promote
Register on Town Hall to receive updates about the advisory board minutes and time frame for public comment at this address: https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/register.cfm
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:
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.
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.
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
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