California does not license the profession of art therapy. There are options for art therapists to obtain licensure from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences under the professions of Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. Required educational criteria for those licenses must be met in order to obtain the license. Most art therapists in California who are licensed chose the LMFT (Marriage and Family Therapy license) and needed to meet all the requirements in addition to the requirements of the American Art Therapy Credentials Board ATBC if they are ATCB certified. The new LPCC license is also an option for art therapists and will require art therapists to meet all LPCC requirements and the AATA BC requirements. There is significant coursework overlap between the above professions. The NorCATA concern is that neither licensing option addresses specific competency in art therapy. Please see the BBS Licensing board information links below if you are interested.
NORCATA IS A CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN ART THERAPY ASSOCIATION AND ADHERES TO AATA'S MISSION AND POLICIES
THE AMERICAN ART THERAPY ASSOCIATION'S NATIONAL POLICY AGENDA IDENTIFIES THE FOLLOWING FOUR PRIORITIES
PRIORITY I: EMPLOYMENT OF ART THERAPISTS -Vulnerable populations and persons -Child and Adolescent Art Therapy Services
PRIORITY II: STATE LICENSURE FOR ART THERAPISTS
PRIORITY III: INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT OF ART THERAPY SERVICES -U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans and Their Families -Health System Reform Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
PRIORITY IV: COLLABORATION WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
THE GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE GRANT (GAC): The American Art Therapy Association’s Advocacy Project Grant Program provides funding from the annual budget of the Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) to fund association affiliated Chapters to carry out advocacy grant projects the state level that are designed to promote the profession of art therapy. AATA makes Advocacy Project Grant awards to its affiliated Chapters only. Please contact Robin Valicenti, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC. GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ADVOCACY PROJECT GRANT PROGRAM 2014 GUIDELINES
AATA OFFERS PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE OPTIONS FOR IT'S MEMBERS:
For Professionals: Personal Insurance The Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HIPSO )is pleased to offer an array of quality health, dental and liability insurance products to art therapists designed to fit your needs. You can take comfort knowing these benefits can be available to help you and your family in time of need. Please visit the AATA "members only" section https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=aata&WebCode=ResourceCenter for information. You must be a member of AATA to qualify. For Students: AATA is pleased to provide Student Professional Liability Insurance for student members. In order to qualify for the Student Professional Liability Insurance, you must join as a Student PLUS member. If you are currently a student member and are in need of the Student Professional Liability Insurance, you must upgrade your membership to a Student PLUS. If you are interested in upgrading your current Student membership to the Student PLUS membership, please contact Michele Basham at firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF INFORMATION REGARDING COVERAGE OF ART THERAPY SERVICES AS STATED IN THE AATA GUIDELINES:
These Art Therapy Guidelines for Insurers are designed to assist healthcare insurance companies and third-party claims administrators in their review of reimbursement claims that involve art therapy services. The guidelines provide information about how to apply medical necessity criteria to art therapy services and differentiate cases where coverage exclusions do not apply. Study abstracts, on the efficacy of art therapy services in improving client outcomes, are included with citations, categorized by population type. http://www.americanarttherapyassociation.org/upload/guidelinesforinsurers.pdf
HOW DO I MAKE A DONATION TO THE LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS FUND?
Because of NorCATA's 501(c)3 status, and because we're not a 501(c)6 organization, we have to keep any monies that are used for legislative, lobbying, or advocacy separate from the general account. We have a separate LAF checking account that is monitored by a NorCATA member and former board member. Therefore, please send donations to the Northern California American Art Therapy Association post office box.
Please make checks payable to: The Legislative Affairs Fund (LAF). PO Box 330247 San Francisco, CA 94133-9991 Robin Valicenti, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC Director of Legislative Affairs NorCATA
NorCATA is approved by the Internal Revenue Services as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that promotes the therapeutic use of art throughout Northern California, public awareness of art therapy, professional development through educational events, workshops, conferences, and more. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.
NorCATA does not and shall not discriminate, or allow discrimination against any person because of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or creed, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, physical disability, medical condition, or special needs, in any of its activities or operations. Following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), NorCATA is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.