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. Currently, there is not a functioning board, so applications will not be approved until a quorum is met.
**NJATA and AATA are separate entities from the Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies and has no control over licensing**
For more information on licensure, laws and regulations, applications, and additional contact information for the board,
The deadline for the LPAT application for current practitioners (AKA "grandfather application") was November 12, 2020.
For the specific qualifications required by the grandfather provisions see the statute and regulations at N.J.S.A. 45:8B-64(a) or (b) and N.J.A.C.13:34D-2.9 (a) and (b). Both can be found at the Division of Consumer Affairs website under Art Therapist Advisory Committee or the Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies.
All applicants for license as a professional art therapist who meet the qualifications established by the statutory and regulatory provisions which allow licensure if you have completed a Master's degree primarily in art therapy content with a minimum of 45 credits and have five years experience in the practice of art therapy or have a minimum of a 45 credit Master's degree and have passed the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination shall submit a complete license application by no later than November 12, 2020 to be considered for licensure through the current practitioners' application. Anyone meeting qualifications and applying after November 12, 2020, should apply using the Licensure for Professional Art Therapist/Associate Art Therapist Application. See below for links to applications.
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. We are currently waiting for the new board to be formed, so they can begin the licensing approval process.
What is taking so long for the new board to meet?
Creating a new board is a very long process that involves varying branches of government. We were successful in advocating for the governor to nominate board members. There are currently 8 nominees (across the creative arts' disciplines) for the board that are moving through this long complicated process to become appointed. For updates on the nominees, make sure you're a NJATA member and are receiving/opening Shoutouts for more up-to-date information on the nomination/appointment process.
Even though there isn’t a functioning board, should I still apply for my LAAT/LPAT?
Yes!!! The staff at the Consumer Affairs Office is still reviewing application and leaving them in a pending status for the new board to review when they meet. NJATA would like everyone who is qualified to be in that queue for when things start moving again.
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.
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: email@example.com The most accurate information will come directly from the Division of Consumer Affairs and the state board.