Art Therapy Credentialing
Professional credentialing for international applicants who plan to relocate to the Bay Area:
The ATCB recommends that international applicants begin the process of applying for the Registered Art Therapist (ATR) credential by having a course-by-course and degree evaluation completed by an educational evaluation service. The ATCB accepts evaluations from two organizations: Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) and World Education Services (www.wes.org). It is important to understand that an evaluation by one of these organizations does not assure that the ATR application will be approved; rather, the evaluation will help the ATCB understand how the applicant’s education compares to a U.S. education. The ATCB will also need copies of education program and course descriptions from the applicant’s school(s). If these documents are not in English, the applicant will need to have them translated by University Language Services (www.universitylanguage.com). If the practicum/internship the applicant completed as part of his/her education program was supervised by an individual who is credentialed as an art therapist in another country, ATCB will accept this supervision in place of supervision by an ATR, ATR-BC or ATCS.
In terms of an applicant’s post-education experience as an art therapist, at least half of the required supervision hours must be supervised by an ATR, ATR-BC or ATCS. The ATCB does accept distance supervision if there is no ATR, ATR-BC or ATCS within a 100 mile radius of your workplace.
Here is the 2015 ATR application. Please take some time to review the information about requirements and the application process. If you have questions, please contact the ATCB:
Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.
7 Terrace Way
Greensboro, NC 27403-3660
Phone 877.213.ATCB  Toll Free