2022 Updates and Reminders

Dear Credential Holders,

In preparation for the anticipated changes in the NCCA accreditation standards and the upcoming job analysis, the Art Therapy Credentials Board of Directors has updated policies and practices. Below are changes that will affect those applying for ATR, ATR-P, ATCS, and all credential holders collecting continuing education credits to maintain their board certification (BC).

  1. The registration standards for the registered art therapist credential (ATR) will undergo assessment in 2022. Beginning July 1, 2022, all ATR-P and ATR applications will undergo an education review for six months as part of this review process.
  2. The Art Therapy Credentials Board will be conducting a job analysis. Part of the process of creating a professional exam requires that a “job analysis” be performed by surveying currently practicing professionals about the knowledge and skills they use in real-world practice. According to psychometric best practices, the ATCB conducts a job analysis every five years. This study provides a basis for the ongoing revision of the ATCBE and ensures currency and relevance in the examination content. To learn more about the ATCBE, click here.
  3. All registered art therapists with board certification (ATR-BC) must include six continuing education credits in supervision to recertify. In addition, six continuing education credits in ethics continue to be required. As a significant number of ATR-BC’s report supervising individuals who seek the ATR, the Art Therapy Credentials Board ruled it necessary that all ATR-BC’s have the knowledge and skills to supervise competently. This affects all credential holders who will need to recertify by June 30, 2023, and after. Anyone recertifying in 2022 should refer to the standards in their MyATCB portal. 

 

*Please note that additional changes may be likely when the updated NCCA standards are released. The Art Therapy Credentials Board will communicate further changes.

Also important reminders:

  • If you have called and left a voicemail, please respond to this email with the information or the inquiry you left in your voicemail. Unfortunately, the National Office cannot reply to voice messages that have no identifiable information or are inaudible.
  • REMINDER: For any potential ATCS applicant wishing to utilize the previous application standards, the grandfathering period will end on December 31, 2021. To use these standards, all interested applicants must submit their applications by December 31, 2021. Beginning January 2022, all ATCS applicants must apply under the current standards. Additional information about the ATCS can be found here.

Please be sure you regularly visit the Art Therapy Credentials Board website, credential handbooks, recertification standards, and MyATCB portal- including the credential files and the communications tab. The Art Therapy Credentials Board has minimized “e-blasts” for your electronic protection and does not send paper notices.

 

Application inquires: applications@atcb.org

Board inquiries: president@atcb.org

Ethics inquiries: ethics@atcb.org

Examination inquiries: exams@atcb.org

All other inquires can be sent to: atcbinfo@atcb.org

 

*The NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs were the first standards developed by the credentialing industry for professional certification programs. The NCCA Standards were developed to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. They highlight the essential elements of a high-quality program.

Retrieved from: https://www.credentialingexcellence.org/Accreditation/Earn-Accreditation/NCCA

Clarification from the Art Therapy Credentials Board

 

This statement is intended to provide clarification regarding our renewal and recertification processes.

The Art Therapy Credentials Board renewal and recertification season and function have not changed. The credential year has always been and continues to be July through June. However, some confusion appears to remain about the difference between a renewal and recertification.

Every year, all Art Therapy Credentials Board credentials the ATR, ATR-P, and ATCS require renewal. The primary function of renewals is the completion of the annual ethics attestation.

Every five years, anyone who is an ATR-BC must also complete recertification requirements.  An ATR-BC is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) who has Board Certification. Board Certification needs to be recertified every five years by completing 100 CE’s or retaking the ATCB exam. Therefore, maintenance of ATR-BC requires two separate processes:  the ATR annual renewal and the Board Certification five-year recertification.

The COVID pandemic led to changes and processing delays in 2020 and this year. As a result, the ATCB extended some timeframes.  However, the COVID extensions cannot be indefinite.  Credentials holders still need to complete the annual renewal process.  And, those with Board Certification still need to complete recertification.

The MyATCB portals are a safe way to ensure shared and available information. Although the ATCB reaches every credential holder due for renewal and recertification, there are natural limits on the frequency of these efforts due to administrative costs, data protection regulations, and the lack of up-to-date information from credential holders. The ATCB asks credential holders to remember to do the following:

  • Please be sure to update your email address in your MyATCB portal.
  • Please check your email SPAM folder, quarantine filters, or promotional tabs.  If an email from ATCB was diverted, then please mark the sender as safe.
  • Please visit the MyATCB portals and the website from time to time for updates and other information.
  • Please mark your calendars with renewal and recertification reminders.  As of 2018, ATCB discontinued individual reminders by mail (as have many licensure boards and other credentialing organizations). In addition, ATCB minimally uses mass emails due to privacy and security concerns and the lack of current email addresses.

Any credential that is not renewed is automatically placed in inactive status.  Please note that “inactive” does not equal “expired” or “revoked.”  Inactive status is granted as a grace period for those who did not renew on time.  A credential may be returned to active status by completing the reinstatement process.  Payment of a reinstatement fee is required to cover the associated costs.  If the reinstatement fee may be a financial hardship, the credential holder may request a fee waiver.

If a credential holder continues to have questions or difficulties, then please do the following:

  • The answers to many questions may be found in ATCB publications.  Our policies and procedures are explained in the credential handbooks, the certification and recertification standards, and on the website.  Detailed instructions on completing renewals, recertifications, reinstatement, and changing passwords are also located on the ATCB website.
    https://www.atcb.org/maintaining-your-credentials
    /https://www.atcb.org/credential-holders/
  • If a credential holder cannot find an answer or resolve a problem on their own, then the National Office is available to assist.  The National Office has conducted numerous tutorial and assistance Zoom sessions for those who reached out.
  • Please get in touch with the ATCB directly with questions and concerns. The ATCB generally will not discuss individual situations with outside parties.
  • Please report processing problems directly to the ATCB. Requests for exceptions due to processing problems will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Additional extensions of time may be granted but are not guaranteed.

If a credential holder believes that an error has been made in how the ATCB rules were applied to their credential status, then the credential holder may submit an appeal to the ATCB Board of Appeals. Procedurally, the Board of Appeals meets twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Appeals are considered in the order received. The Board of Appeals will add additional meetings before the next scheduled meeting this Spring. Additional information can be found here: https://www.atcb.org/appeals/

How to Achieve a Seamless Renewal & Recertification Season

How to Achieve a Seamless Renewal & Recertification Season

The ATCB credential year is July-June, every April credential holders can expect to receive notifications from the ATCB regarding both annual renewal and five-year recertification. While it’s easy to confuse the meaning of the two terms, they are two distinct processes that require attention in different ways. Depending upon the credential(s) you hold, you may be responsible for meeting the requirements of one or both.

Annual Renewal is required of all ATCB credential holders, if you have just received your credential you will need to complete your annual renewal. Once awarded the credential is valid for the remainder of the credential year of which you are approved

All credential holders must complete their annual renewal application(s) and pay their maintenance fee(s) (see chart below) each year by June 30 in order to maintain the credential(s) you’ve worked so hard to obtain. The most critical aspect of annual renewals is the completion of the ethics attestation, documenting credential holders’ adherence to the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures.

Five-year Recertification is required of only ATR-BCs.These ATR’s with board certification must meet continuing education (CE) requirements as outlined in the ATR-BC Recertification Standards. Over the course of each five-year recertification period, ATR-BCs must complete a minimum of 100 CE credits, including at least six (6) in ethics. In the recertification application, a CE tracker must be completed outlining these CEs. Each year, out of all the ATR-BCs/ATCSs who are due to recertify, ten (10) percent are selected at random for audit. If you are selected for audit, you must provide verifications of all the CE activities listed on your recertification tracker.

The ATCB offers the option of a 90-day recertification extension for completing CE requirements. You must apply online, and the fee for an extension is $50.

 

Amy Huxtable, Art Therapy Graduate Student, Emporia State University
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In lieu of completing the CE requirements, ATR-BCs may opt to take and pass the ATCB Examination (ATCBE). The ATCBE fee is $275.

If you are an ATR-BC and it is your year to recertify your board certification, please be sure that you complete both the renewal of your ATR and the recertification of your BC. Please note that these are separate and distinct processes, and both must be completed on an annual (for renewal) or quinquennial (every five years for recertification) basis. If you have any questions about the procedure for either, please contact the ATCB National Office at atcbinfo@atcb.org.

Final Notes to Consider:

  • We hope you’ve heard by now that the ATCB moved away from paper renewals and recertifications in 2019. This means we will not mail you a paper renewal or recertification application. All ID cards are located in MYATCB portals. Annual renewal and five-year recertification application may be completed online via MyATCB. The process is easy so don’t delay!
  • While the National Office is working remotely, we are unable to mail certificates. We are working to digitalize certificates. If you need additional verifications please contact the National Office. Also, take advantage of the national registry found here. 
  • Email notifications regarding annual renewals will be sent by May each year, so please be sure to check your email often and update your MYATCB if your contact information has changed.
  • The ATCB’s annual renewal and five-year recertification processes are separate from the American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA’s) annual membership fees. The ATCB and AATA are not affiliated.

If you have any questions regarding annual renewal or five-year recertification, please contact the ATCB National Office at atcbinfo@atcb.org  or visit the ATCB website.

Written by:

Art Therapy Credential Board National Office

ATCB updates and exciting changes

Dear Credential Holders,

The last year and a half have been a tumultuous time for the ATCB, the country, and the world. Few things have not been disrupted, and most things have changed in many ways. We apologize for any inconveniences you may have experienced and thank you for your patience as the ATCB Board of Directors and the National Office navigate the challenging and confusing times.

Here are some important ATCB updates and exciting changes:

  • At the end of 2019, we hired a new Executive Director, Latoya Robinson. Though LeeAnn hit the ground running, there was still a learning curve to understand the history and operations of the ATCB. One of the first things she discovered was that the ATCB needed to comply with data and identity protection regulations, notably General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and various state mandates that require regulatory boards that govern confidentiality and communications with credential holders. This meant that we could no longer continue with social media or the blog since this was provided by a contracted vendor outside the National Office. Coming into compliance also highlighted the need for a new database platform and website to serve credential holders. Detailed information about the new system will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
  • Like many organizations, the ATCB had to make substantial changes to in-office operations to work remotely. Some of these changes included:
    • Modifying the application process from US postal mail to email. The email process requires the National Office to collect pieces of application materials and create the application packet on their behalf. Only after application packets are complete can the application review process begin. Checking MyATCB accounts is the best way to quickly find updates on missing materials and reach out to supervisors/references, etc., to remind them.
    • As the National Office, with a staff of only three people, was managing these new application procedures, they also had recertification and renewals to attend to as they figured out how to do business in a pandemic. Despite the difficulty, the ATCB offered credential holders extensions for renewals and recertifications three times.
    • The National Office has had to extend this to accommodate the increase in credential holders’ calls and emails and while we work to update our operating systems.
  • The ATCB Exam windows were modified from four limited windows a year to six-month windows. Because the exam is national, our testing provider Pearson Vue is bound by local pandemic mandates outside of the ATCB’s control; thus, we have extended exam windows when requested.
  • The standards for credentials are reviewed and updated annually, please be sure to check our website and application handbooks to stay abreast of these updates.
  • The National Office has created an upgraded user-friendly database, and website-all records and files are being digitalized. We grew the Board of Directors and will be adding additional staff. Based on your feedback from the media survey, we will reinstate the newsletter.

Important to note, due to the confidentiality and privacy mandates, the ATCB cannot and will not provide any applicant or credential holder information to anyone other than the applicant or credential holder. We will also decrease the number of mass emails.

Please see important updates for information about upgrades to MYATCB, applications, renewals, recertification, and more!

As 2021 continues, we anticipate more positive changes and look forward to working with you to continue improving our credentialing systems and certification in our mission to serve art therapists and protect the public.

Thank you,

Charlotte Boston
President

How to Direct your Prospective Supervisee on the Super Highway to Credentialing

How to Direct your Prospective Supervisee on the Super Highway to Credentialing

Are you ready to take on a new supervisee?  Maybe you are new to Supervision or have been burned a bit in the past? Maybe you are looking for professional growth? You get the call or email requesting your services. What an honor. How can you adequately assess the positive potential of forming this new and important relationship?  This article provides tips on evaluating art therapy credential candidates’ readiness for supervision, potential for professional competency and success.

Our choice to become an art therapy supervisor originates from many places. Apart from the fame and fortune, it’s a way of giving back to our profession, validating our own good work and ensuring the growth of qualified credentialed professional art therapists.   Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” You may enjoy the rewards of sharing your experience with others. More importantly, your supervisory role is a way of serving the public by developing ethical and competent art therapists. For myself, I have had a personal mission to increase the numbers of qualified art therapy professional counselors in underserved areas of south Texas. Whatever your intent, your hopeful and eager art therapy graduate seeking your supervision is likely to be in a quandary navigating the credentialing and licensing requirements to jump start their art therapy counseling career.

Caren Sacks points out, “There are different aspects to supervision.  Both parties are aware that the supervisor is a role model, one who guides and oversees the quality of client care and can provide support in managing and attending to administrative duties as well as support, encouragement and direction for professional development, enhancement of clinical skills and growth as an art therapist.” The responsibility of a supervisor must be taken very seriously. Your guidance (or omission of) will impact your supervisee in so many ways including how they develop their livelihoods.  In some cases, your oversights may send a red flare to your own credentialing board or professional reputation in your community.

The ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, 1.3 Responsibility to Students and Supervisees outlines specific roles and behaviors a Supervisor must comply with. As in the State of Texas LPC Rules and Regulations, 681.93 Supervisor Requirements, “(e) the full professional responsibility for the counseling activities of an LPC Intern shall rest with the intern’s board approved supervisor(s).” With that in mind, a careful review of a potential supervisee’s background and professional goals should be assessed before moving into this long term relationship.

Let’s Start at the beginning…

Before you meet in person, ask the supervisee by phone or email who referred you or why they chose to contact you. Request that they send or bring a resume, proof of academic training, and art portfolio electronically or to the initial meeting.  Knowing they have record of their course syllabi is essential. Some academic programs have courses that may not clearly translate as meeting ATCB criteria,  if your candidate is in a state that requires licensure there is another layer of rules and regulations that must be met.

Your potential supervisee arrives for your first in-person interview. Here is where you ascertain strengths and weakness through your candidate’s level of competency and commitment. Allow this candidate to begin with questions for you.  This will give you a clue as to how much research and knowledge they have about the credential they want to pursue.  In Lawrence M. Brammer’s book, The Helping Relationship, he identifies positive characteristics of a counseling professional. Does your interviewee project a sense of self-awareness, values, strong ethics, altruism, responsibility and qualities to be a role model? Does this individual see potential clients as able rather than unable to solve their own problems? These qualities will determine how they will react to the challenges of meeting extensive criteria in the credentialing process. Interview questions below may give you the answers to these points.

  • What has been your most meaningful past work and volunteer experience?
  • How far do you want to go professionally and academically?
  • How do you feel about taking the Art Therapy Credential Board Exam?
  • Are you interested in attaining the ATR-Provisional?
  • Are you or do you plan to become a member of a professional organization?
  • Do you have a site in which to gain hours? Will you need help in this area? What contacts have you already made?
  • What is your dream job?-private practice, agency, school setting, hospital etc. What are you willing to do to attain that dream job, i.e. volunteer work, proposal writing? Making contacts, moving locations?
  • Do you have a time line?
  • Do you have the resources and support to manage this journey to full credentialing and employment? Are you willing to take more coursework if necessary?
  • Are you aware of the salary range for what you want to do and is that satisfactory?
  • What type of art do you create? What is your experience as an artist?

It is important that your potential supervisee understands that entering a professional relationship is a liability to you and your credentials and hence why a contract is put into place.  They need to know they have protections too wherein you refer to the ATCB Code of Ethics.

A contract is essential in forming any exchange of services.  This will include general rules and regulations set forth in code of ethics and if appropriate required for state licensure.  Written clarification on the frequency, nature, set up and cancellation policies of supervisory meetings assures proper adherence from the start. An open discussion on financial arrangements and written policies on termination from either party is a must.

Finally, at the end of the interview encourage a time of reflection on both parts.  I ask myself three questions about the interviewee.

  1. What is my gut feeling about this new professional?
  2. Does this professional represent the standards and mission set forth in the ATCB code of professional practice?
  3. Would I refer a client to this person?

If the potential for a yes exists, set a solution-focused plan for any deficiencies to meet criteria. Write an action plan with your new supervisee.  Encourage them to see this as the life practice of a professional. Most importantly, validate their strengths; remind them that the goal is reachable but patience and sacrifice is included.  It is helpful to parallel this to the goals we set forth with our clients.  If these points are covered and accomplished…Get on your mark, get set, Get ready, Go Supervise.

References:

American Art Therapy Association, (2017) State Advocacy  

Brohl, Katheryn, (2018) Strength-Based Supervision

Common Wealth of Kentucky, (2016) Public Protection Cabinet

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, (2018) The Pennsylvania Code

New Jersey Legislature, (2018) Art Therapy Licensing Act

Written by:

Deborah Murphy
ATR-BC, LPC-AT/S,
Secretary, Art Therapy Credentials Board