About The Credentials

The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) ensures the educational and professional standards needed to be a qualified art therapist are met and maintained ‐ essential in any mental health field.

We confer and administer three professional credentials to art therapy practitioners:

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Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

The Registered Art Therapist (ATR) is the credential that ensures an art therapist meets established standards, with successful completion of advanced specific graduate-level education in art therapy and supervised, post-graduate art therapy experience.

Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)

The Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) is the highest-level art therapy credential. ATR-BCs pass a national examination, demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of the theories and clinical skills used in art therapy.

Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS)

Experienced Board Certified Art Therapists who provide clinical supervision may want to consider becoming an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS). The ATCS is designed for ATR-BCs who have acquired specific training and skills in clinical supervision. Working with an ATCS ensures that current art therapy students and early-career practitioners receive the best art therapy clinical supervision available.

All ATCB credential holders must abide by the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures. Those who hold ATCB credentials are required to adhere to these parameters of ethical practice.

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All Users: In order to apply for a credential or register for the ATCB Examination, one must register and apply online.

ATCB credential holders who registered or logged into MyATCB prior to September 15, 2016, will need to re-register on the site. Due to an upgrade of MyATCB, your original account login information is no longer valid.

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