The new State Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies is the regulating body responsible for Licensing Art Therapists for the State of New Jersey under the Division of Consumer Affairs.  Applications for the New Jersey Licensed Professional Art Therapists are currently being accepted through the Board. As of 8/17/2021 there is a functioning Board! 

Please keep in mind:

NJATA and AATA are separate entities from

the Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies

NJATA does not control over licensing.

For more information on licensure, laws and regulations, applications, and additional contact information for the board, 

click here.


Because NJATA is separate from the state board, questions can be best answered by emailing the state licensing board directly: 




Below are some answers to frequently asked questions. Please remember that NJATA is not associated with the new board and any information obtained here is subject to change and are answered with the information we have gathered as members of the public. The most accurate information should be received from the Consumer Affairs Office and the new Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies

I'm not a NJATA member, how do I stay informed on what's going on with licensing?

Become a NJATA member :-). NJATA is an organization completely run by and relies on volunteers. Consider becoming a member and getting involved. This is the best way to ensure the health of this organization that represents art therapists in New Jersey. Members receive communication about updates regarding licensure via the emailed Shoutouts. Shoutouts go out when we have updates (so sometimes it can feel like there hasn't been one in a while and other times it can feel like a new update every few days). The Government Affairs Chair and Committee have also hosted several Town Hall meetings to talk about what has been going on with licensure. 

Why hasn’t my LAAT/ LPAT application been approved? 

In June 2020 the Art Therapists Advisory Committee was abolished per the enactment of the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act, P.L. 2019, c.273, which created the new State Board of Creative Arts Therapies and moved all responsibilities of the Art Therapist Advisory Committee over to the new board. While there is a new board as of 8/17/2021, please be patient as the new board begins their responsibilities. 

If you have submitted the LPAT or LAAT application, and want to know the status of your application, you can search your name on the License Verification page. If you do not see your name, you can contact the state board at creativearts@dca.njoag.gov.

I’m a new grad, should I apply for the ATR-P and work on my ATR while I wait for my LAAT to be approved? 

Sure! The ATR-P and ATR are separate credentials from the LAAT and LPAT and you can totally work toward those credentials. 

How do I know if my supervisor is qualified to supervise my working hours toward my LPAT? 

Finding a qualified supervisor is important when counting hours toward your LPAT. Supervisees should seek out supervision from a qualified supervisor. Review the regulations defining a qualified supervisor here. Per the regs: a “Qualified supervisor” means an individual who holds a clinical license to provide mental health counseling services in the state where the services are being provided, and who satisfies the experiential requirements and has one of the approved clinical supervisor credentials set forth at N.J.A.C. 13:34D-3.2(a). A “qualified supervisor” shall satisfy all requirements set forth at N.J.A.C. 13:34D-3.2. 

*NJATA keeps a list of members that are Art Therapy Certified Supervisors here https://www.njarttherapy.com/board-certified-supervisors  

As a supervisor, how do I know if I’m qualified to supervise someone working toward their LPAT? 

To see if you qualify, you can review the regulations defining a qualified supervisor here.

How can I apply for the "grandfather application" for the LPAT?

The deadline for the LPAT application for current practitioners (AKA "grandfather application") was November 12, 2020; the licensing board is no longer accepting this application. Anyone meeting qualifications and applying after November 12, 2020, should apply using the Licensure for Professional Art Therapist/Associate Art Therapist Application. 

I still have questions about the regulations, licensing process, etc. Who should I contact?  

Since NJATA is separate from the state board, most questions can be best answered by emailing: creativearts@dca.njoag.gov The most accurate information will come directly from the Division of Consumer Affairs and the state board.