Education, Credentials and Certification
A Master of Arts is a postgraduate academic degree typically based in fine art, humanities, social science, theology, or other liberal arts areas of study. It usually requires two years of study along with a thesis. Many counselors and social workers hold a master's degree, and many Ph.D. psychologists earn a master's "en route" to earning their doctorate degree.
LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor)
A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor has advanced training, a graduate academic degree, clinical work experience, and has completed a state-certified licensing examination. Counselors often treat people dealing with problems such as alcoholism, addiction, or eating disorders. Some specialize in marriage, family, or child counseling. With this license, the counselor can work independently and can receive health-care insurance reimbursements.
ATR (Art Therapist Registered) BC (Board Certification)
Registered Art Therapist. Art therapists are trained in both art and therapy and hold a master's degree in art therapy or a related field. Upon completion of the ATR, professionals may seek further certification through the Art Therapy Credentials Board, (ATCB). To obtain certification, the therapist must have postgraduate supervised experience and must have passed a written exam. The ATR-BC credential requires maintenance with continuing education courses to keep standards high. (Source: American Art Therapy Association, Art Therapy Credentials Board).
LCPAT (Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist)
LCPAT stands for Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist. It is a professional license for Maryland art therapists under the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. The LCPAT regulates who can practice art therapy in the state of Maryland. An art therapist is eligible for the LGPAT if they have completed a 60 credit , AATA approved Master's program and are receiving supervision from a LCPAT or other licensed mental health professional. Once an art therapist has fulfilled the required 3000 contact hours and passed the BC exam, they can obtain the LCPAT.