The Licensed Creative Arts Therapist uses the arts, as approved by the Department, for the assessment, evaluation and therapeutic intervention and treatment of mental, emotional, developmental and behavioral disorders. The Licensed Creative Arts Therapist uses assessment instruments and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for the purpose of providing appropriate creative arts therapy services.
The practice of Creative Arts Therapy and use of the titles "Creative Arts Therapist" and "Licensed Creative Arts Therapist" or any derivative thereof within New York State requires licensure as a Creative Arts Therapist, unless otherwise exempt under the law.
To be licensed as a Creative Arts Therapist in New York State you must:
The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 163, Section 8404 of the New York State Education Law and Section 52.34 and Subpart 79-11 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
To meet the professional education requirement for licensure as a Creative Arts Therapist, you must present evidence of receiving a master's or doctoral degree in Creative Arts Therapy from a program that is:
To meet the experience requirement for licensure as a Creative Arts Therapist, you must complete at least 1,500 contact hours of post-degree supervised experience in the practice of Creative Arts Therapy. Any experience obtained in New York State must be performed by an applicant under a limited permit issued by the Department, except the Department may, in limited circumstances, accept experience that was not obtained under a limited permit where an applicant demonstrates that such experience was obtained in an authorized setting under a qualified supervisor.
Any experience completed in another jurisdiction may be accepted by the Department if it was completed in a setting authorized to provide Creative Arts Therapy in that jurisdiction and the experience was provided under a qualified supervisor, as determined by the Department. The supervised experience must be obtained after completion of the master's or higher degree program required for licensure.
For information about limited permits, see the Limited Permits section. You must apply for a license and have your education approved to be eligible for a limited permit.
The practice of Creative Arts Therapy is defined in Education Law as:
Not less than 1,000 clock hours of such required experience shall consist of direct contact with clients. The remaining experience may consist of other activities that do not involve direct client contact, including but not limited to, recordkeeping, case management, supervision, and professional development.
To be acceptable to the Department, your supervised experience must meet the following supervision and setting requirements.
Supervision of Experience
Your supervisor must be licensed and registered in New York State as a Creative Arts Therapist, physician, physician assistant, psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, registered professional nurse or nurse practitioner and competent in the practice of Creative Arts Therapy, or must have the equivalent qualifications as determined by the Department.
An applicant must obtain experience for licensure while under the general supervision of a qualified supervisor. General supervision means that a qualified supervisor is available for consultation, assessment and evaluation when professional services are being rendered by an applicant and the supervisor exercises the degree of supervision appropriate to the circumstances.
The supervisor must provide at least one hour per week or four hours per month of in-person individual or group supervision where the supervisor:
In addition, the supervisor is responsible for appropriate oversight of all services provided by a limited permit holder under his or her general supervision. No supervisor can supervise more than five limited permit holders at one time.Setting for Experience
The setting where the experience is obtained must be a location where legally authorized individuals provide services that constitute the practice of Creative Arts Therapy, as defined in Education Law, and must be responsible for the services provided by individuals gaining experience for licensure. The setting cannot be a private practice owned or operated by the applicant. If the experience is completed in a setting other than the permit setting, you must submit an operating certificate or certificate of incorporation that indicates the entity is authorized to employ licensed professionals and provide services that are restricted under Title VIII of the Education Law.
The setting where the experience is gained is responsible for the services provided by individuals gaining experience for licensure. The setting is also responsible for providing adequate supervision to such individuals and for assigning a qualified supervisor, as defined in this section, to individuals gaining experience for licensure.
To meet the examination requirement for licensure as a Creative Arts Therapist in New York State, you must pass one of the following examinations:
The fee for licensure and first registration is $371.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.
In 2014, there were 100 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 112 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 1,716 registered licenses for this occupation.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Mental Health Practitioners Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 592
Fax: (518) 402-2323
29-1129.00 - Therapists, All Other
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 11/14/16.
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