Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VIII-E. Qualifications for Licensure to Practice as a Professional Art Therapist.


§ 3–1208.71. Qualifications for licensure.

(a) The Board of Professional Counseling shall license as a professional art therapist a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter, has:

(1) Satisfactorily completed:

(A) A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a program in art therapy that was either approved by the American Art Therapy Association or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs at the time the degree was conferred or a substantially equivalent program, as determined by the Board; or

(B) A Doctoral degree in art therapy or a related subject, including psychology, professional counseling, or marriage and family therapy, from an accredited college or university, as approved by the Board;

(2) Successfully completed a minimum of 2 years of work experience in art therapy following completion of the graduate degree consisting of at least 3,000 hours, of which at least 1,000 hours involve practice in direct contact with clients and at least 200 hours were under the immediate supervision of an art therapy certified supervisor, licensed professional art therapist, board certified art therapist, or other licensed mental health professional approved by the Board, with at least one hour of direct supervision provided per 15 hours of practice in direct contact with clients; and

(3) Achieved a passing score on the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination or its successor exam.

(b) The Board of Professional Counseling shall license as a graduate professional art therapist a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter:

(1) Has satisfactorily completed a:

(A) Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a program in art therapy that was either approved by the American Art Therapy Association or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs at the time the degree was conferred or a substantially equivalent program, as determined by the Board; or

(B) Doctoral degree in art therapy or a related subject, including psychology, professional counseling, or marriage and family therapy, from an accredited college or university, as approved by the Board.

(c) The Board of Professional Counseling shall license as a professional art therapist by endorsement a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements ofsubchapter V of this chapter, is currently licensed in good standing in another state that has licensing requirements that are equivalent to or exceed the requirements of subsection (a) of this section.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 871; as added June 24, 2020, D.C. Law 23-115, § 2(f), 67 DCR 5077.)

Applicability

Section 7081 of D.C. Law 23-149 repealed section 3 of D.C. Law 23-115 removing the applicability provision impacting this section. Therefore, the creation of this section by Law 23-115 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 23-115: § 3 of D.C. Law 23-115 provided that the creation of this section by § 2(f) of D.C. Law 23-115 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 3–1208.72. Waiver of requirements.

(a) []The Board of Professional Counseling shall waive the requirements of § 3-1208.71(a)(1) and (2) for any applicant for licensure as a professional art therapist who presents evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant holds a credential as a board certified art therapist in good standing with the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc., or its successor, and has been engaged in active practice of art therapy for at least 3 of the previous 5 years prior to June 24, 2020; provided, that the applicant for licensure is made within 24 months of June 24, 2020.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 872; as added June 24, 2020, D.C. Law 23-115, § 2(f), 67 DCR 5077.)

Applicability

Section 7081 of D.C. Law 23-149 repealed section 3 of D.C. Law 23-115 removing the applicability provision impacting this section. Therefore, the creation of this section by Law 23-115 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 23-115: § 3 of D.C. Law 23-115 provided that the creation of this section by § 2(f) of D.C. Law 23-115 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.