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Art Therapy Credentials Board
The Art Therapy Credentials Board is an independent credentialing body that creates and maintains standards associated with earning art therapy credentials; Registered Art Therapist (ATR), and Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC).
Participate in the Leading Association in Art Therapy!
Discover what over 5,000 art therapist members already know! Membership is a great investment in your education and your career. For many of you, membership dues are tax-deductible or employer-paid. Whether you are a healthcare provider, educator, researcher, or student, in the U.S. or another country, we invite you to join us in the most unique, creative group of healers that is the American Art Therapy Association! Join your local chapter too, to maximize your member benefits.
American Art Therapy Association supports career advancement for members, provides practical support tools and resources and connects to research and information for those interested in the field of art therapy. Click here for more information and to join the American Art Therapy Association! Please review the benefits matrix to see the categories of membership and the benefits provided. If you are unable to join online, please click here to access the 2013 membership application.
We have several membership categories -- one will be the perfect fit for you:
Credentialed Professional - Individuals who maintain current registration (ATR) and/or certification (ATR-BC) through the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc. (ATCB). Credentialed Professional members shall be eligible to vote, hold office, serve on committees, and receive all official Association publications, and all other rights and benefits provided by the Association. (Dues $164 per year).
Professional - Individuals who have completed graduate level training in art therapy. Applicants for Professional membership must provide proof of their graduate degree with their application. Professional members shall have all the rights and privileges granted to Credentialed Professional members. (Dues $164 per year)
New Professional - Individuals who have completed graduate level training in art therapy within the last twelve (12) months. New Professional membership is available for one year only and must be upgraded to Professional or Credentialed Professional in the second year. Applicants for New Professional Membership must provide proof of their graduate degree with their application. New Professional members shall have all the rights and privileges granted to Professional members. (Dues $72 per year)
Student - Individuals who do not meet the qualifications of Professional membership and who are currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning and are interested in art therapy. Student members must currently be enrolled in an institution of higher learning and must provide a copy of their student ID. Student members have all the rights and privileges accorded student members of the Association as outlined on the membership benefits matrix, except they may not vote or hold office on the national level. Student members have access to the Journal electronically only. (Dues $55 per year)
Student PLUS - Student PLUS members receive the same benefits as Students (above), PLUS: receive one year of Student Professional Liability Insurance, a printed copy of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, and one free lunch buffet when you attend the Annual Conference. (Dues $80 per year)
Associate - Individuals interested in art therapy and who wish to support the purposes and objectives of the Association. This category is not open to individuals who have completed graduate level training in art therapy or are working as art therapists. Associate members shall have all the rights and privileges granted to Professional members of the Association, except they may not vote or hold office. (Dues $164 per year)
Retired Professional - Professional and Credentialed Professional members who have reached the age of 65, or who are eligible to retire with full benefits under the current Social Security regulations, and are officially retired from their primary professional activities. Retired Members have all the rights and privileges granted to Credentialed or Professional members of the Association.
(Dues $82 per year)
Retired Associate - Associate members who have reached the age of 65, or who are eligible to retire with full benefits under the current Social Security regulations, and are officially retired from their primary professional activities. Retired Members have all the rights and privileges granted to Credentialed or Professional members of the Association, except they may not vote or hold office.
(Dues $82 per year)
International - Individuals living outside of the United States who are working in the field of art therapy or are interested in art therapy and wish to support the purposes and objectives of the Association. International members shall have all the rights and privileges as detailed on the member benefits matrix. They may not vote or hold office. (Dues $82 Professional level/$55 Student level)
Contributing - Individuals, organizations, institutions, corporations, or foundations which financially support the goals and purposes of the Association. Rights and privileges of the Individual Contributor shall be the same as those for Associate membership, unless the individual or designee qualifies for Professional membership status.
(Dues $210 per year)
Affiliate - Organizations and educational institutions that wish to support the goals and objectives of the Association. Rights and privileges of the Individual Designee of an Affiliate member shall be the same as those for Associate membership unless the individual qualifies for Professional membership status.
(Dues $550 per year)
You are invited to join with the American Art Therapy Association! Membership in the Association is a signal that you are an active participant in the field of art therapy, dedicated to the growth of the field and to increasing your knowledge in this specialized therapeutic practice. Just a few of the benefits of membership include:
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association: Members receive this prestigious, leading journal in the field and archived issues FREE! Stay current in your field and read about fascinating aspects of art therapy, internationally.
Participate in Networking Opportunities
- the Annual Conference
will assist you in connecting with peers from across the nation and around the world, sharing ideas and increasing your knowledge of the field. Member discounts on conference attendance and CEC courses make membership in the Association a "must have".
Support your Continuing Education
through the on-line Institute for Continuing Education in Art Therapy
. This growing training program puts relevant courses at your fingertips, enabling you to develop competencies and keep abreast of new trends in the field while qualifying for continuing education credits (CEC). Member discounts on these CEC eligible and NBCC approved courses are a strong reason to join today.
We advocate on your behalf
- Our Advocacy Center
provides the latest news and activities underway in public policy related to art therapy on the federal and state levels. We are in touch with decision makers and leaders on the national level that affect policies and programs that impact the profession of art therapy.
Find job opportunities through the Art Therapy Career Center.
The Art Therapy Career Center
offers job search assistance to members seeking employment in the field of art therapy and related professions. National healthcare companies, educational organizations and community service organizations are some of the more than 150 employers who can find qualified professionals to fill rewarding jobs in the field of art therapy through our Career Center.
Join the Conversation on the On-Line Art Therapy Mentor Space connecting students and new professionals to experience. Available to members only, the Mentor Program specifically links student members and new professionals to seasoned, credentialed professionals.
Promote Your Practice
- Post your practice information on the Find An Art Therapist locator
reaching more than 2.4 million people annually. This convenient service is offered at a special discount exclusively for members
Consider being a spokesperson for the Association and the field of art therapy through the Ambassadors Program. These and other national recognition programs are available to credentialed members and help to create exposure for your professional activities.
Discounts: Stop in at the Member Resource Center and save money!
Get great rates
on practice, health/dental, life, auto, home and other types of insurance. Get discounts on hotels, car rentals, electronics, office items and art supplies. You benefit from deals the Association brokered exclusively for our members. Member Resource Center
Participate on the volunteer leadership of the Association on the Chapter, Committee and Board level. Qualified members are invited to submit their background to a Committee Chair for consideration of a range of interesting volunteer opportunities.
Global Art Therapy Network Blog
Art Therapy Scholars Blog
Art Therapy Social Justice Blog
- Sponsored by the Social Justice Caucus of the American Art Therapy Association
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association is an informative member benefit that attracts a worldwide audience of art therapists who want to stay current in the field. Members receive the journal and archived issues FREE as part of their member benefits.
If you are interested in contributing to the Journal by submitting Cover Artwork or an Article, members may click here.
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