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Licensed Creative Arts Therapist


Creative arts therapy is a profession that uses active engagement in the arts to address mental, emotional, developmental, and behavioral disorders. Creative arts therapy uses the relationship between the patient and therapist in the context of the artistic process as a dynamic force for change. It can also be used to manage stress and promote mental and physical health.

Creative arts therapists are trained in psychotherapy and in specific arts disciplines, which may include dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy and art therapy. They have training in areas that include clinical practice and human development as well as the use of the creative arts to provide appropriate services, and multicultural and artistic traditions.

Licensure Requirements:

These professionals train in both creative arts and psychotherapy. Other than those creative arts therapists licensed under the special provisions established in law for those already practicing when the new law came into effect, each New York licensed practitioner has a master's or higher degree in a program of creative arts therapy or its equivalent, has passed a State-approved exam or assessment, and has completed at least 1,500 hours of clinical experience under supervision of a qualified, licensed mental health professional. Those licensed under the special provisions meet other standards specified in law and regulation.

Individuals who have completed their education requirements may hold a limited permit to practice the profession while they work to complete the exam and/or experience required for full licensure. These individuals practice under supervision at a specific site.


The fee for licensure and first registration is $371.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 118 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 137 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2020, there were 1,576 registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Mental Health Practitioners
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 Ext. 450
Fax: (518) 486-2981
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

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 12/21/20.

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