The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) continues to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) situation in coordination with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization state and local governments. The health and safety of our communities remain a top priority. Please see below guidance regarding applications, renewals, examinations, and essential information about the status of the ATCB National Office.

It is important to remember that the ATCB National Office staff will continue to work remotely. With the USPS's current delays, we cannot guarantee anything mailed to the office will be received immediately. Someone from the National Office checks the mail every week but when items are received to the office is outside of our control. While we will make every effort to retrieve voicemails, we strongly advise everyone to email their questions to atcbinfo@atcb.org. Please do not send application materials to the general ATCB inbox; more information on how to submit these materials are outlined below.

Regarding Education Requirements for the ATR-P and ATR Application

To ensure that anyone providing art therapy is competent and meeting the educational and professional standards needed to be a qualified art therapist - essential in any mental health field, our standards will remain unchanged for our ATR-P and ATR credentials. Please refer to the ATR and ATR-P handbooks for details on these education requirements.

Regarding Application Submissions

Processing applications remains the utmost priority for ATCB. To ensure this process is not compromised because of the remote work required during the pandemic by the National Office, ATCB has changed the requirements when submitting supporting documents for applications: All Application materials should be submitted via email to applications@atcb.org.

We are unable to mail Certificates at this time. If you need a letter of verification, please contact us at atcbinfo@atcb.org

ATR-P Applications

Please note that we are no longer requiring ATR-P's to submit updated Supervision Agreement Forms when or changing a supervisor. It is the applicant's responsibility to determine that each supervisor's license or credential is current, and in good standing throughout the length of supervision, and acceptable per the ATCB's requirements. Please refer to the ATR post-education supervision requirements which can be found in the ATR handbook.

  • Transcripts - All transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing college or university via electronic submission. This means only a college or university registrar's office can email on an applicant's behalf.
  • Supervision Agreement - All agreements must be emailed or uploaded online during the initial application process.

ATR Applications

  • Transcripts - All transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing college or university via electronic submission. This means only a college or university registrar's office can email on an applicant's behalf.
  • Verification of Post Education Experience - All verification forms must be emailed by the applicant's supervisor, any email of the verification received from an applicant will not be honored.
  • References - The applicant's reference must email all reference forms; any email of a reference received from an applicant will not be honored.

Please note that supervisors who complete the Verification of Post-education Experience Form may also submit a Reference Form on behalf of the applicant.

ATCS Applications

At this time, ATCB staff are unable to pull archived records of previously supervised ATR applicants.

  • Transcripts - All transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing college or university via electronic submission. This means only a college or university registrar's office can email on an applicant's behalf.
  • Verification of Academic Supervision Form - All verification forms must be emailed by the applicant's supervisor, any email of the verification received from an applicant will not be honored.
  • Verification of Clinical Supervision Form - All verification forms must be emailed by the applicant's supervisor, any email of the verification received from an applicant will not be honored.
  • Endorsement Letters - The applicant's endorser must email all endorsement letter; any email of an endorser received from an applicant will not be honored.

These requirements will be the formal application documentation submission process until further notice. Please send all application documents to applications@atcb.org.

These requirements will be the formal application documentation submission process until further notice. As expected, there will be a delay in application reviews resulting from this crisis; the application review period will be 8-12 weeks.

Regarding Renewals and Recertifications

The ATCB Board of Directors has once again extended the due date for annual renewals to October 31, 2020. If you applied for an extension, please note your due date for renewal is December 1, 2020. Please visit https://atcb.org/Credential_Holders/ATRs or the ATR handbook for more information.

Any extensions for recertification of your BC can also apply to the annual renewal fee. Please note the due date for recertifications is June 30. An extension affords an additional 90 days (September 30) to complete your recertification. But you will have until December 1 to complete the renewal of your ATR. Failure to recertify board certification will result in the loss of the BC distinction but does not affect the registration (ATR) credential so long as the annual renewal for the ATR is complete.

If you did not complete the recertification process as directed above yet still wish to be board certified, you must re-apply for certification and take the examination. Until that process is complete, you must desist in using the Board Certified title or credential.

ATCB ID cards will be uploaded to your MyATCB account once the renewal window closes on October 31, 2020. If you need a verification, please contact us at atcbinfo@atcb.org. The registry will be updated immediately upon renewal.

Regarding Examinations

Due to social distancing mandates that vary state-to-state, our testing provider Pearson Vue has decreased testing availabilities. As such, ATCB has extended the ATCB Examination (ATCBE) windows to six (6) months. All candidates must test within their chosen six (6) month testing window. Candidates must work with the testing provider, Pearson VUE, directly to schedule an exam. Please note that testing site availability is contingent on state and federal social distancing regulations as well as Pearson VUE company policy.

Thank you for all the hard work you do every day to bring forward the practice of art therapy. We will continue to monitor matters as they develop and you, your families, and colleagues the best as we progress through these challenges.