Art therapy, in NYS was granted a license to practice under the NY State Office of the Professions Creative Arts Therapy License. In their document they show the scope of our practice as well as the scope of practice of mental health counseling, psychoanalysis, and marriage and family therapy. Both the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) AATA Ethics Corner and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) code of practice have ethics committees as well. Hofstra is committed to educating their students to be ethical and reflective practitioners in New York State, and to practice ethically nationally and internationally. If you want to learn more about ethical issues, click on the links below.
Global Art Therapy:
Art Therapy is formalized as a profession in the USA. Each country works out its own standards and forms an organization to guide those who want to become art therapists. In the United States it is the American Art Therapy Association, AATA. While art therapy is not formalized as a profession in every country, there are locations where art therapy is practiced in a unique way. The link below will show you various practices.
Art therapists are often called upon to serve their patients within all the creative art therapies. For example, at the workplace a therapist might be asked to lead music, journaling, movement or poetry groups. In anticipation of a variety of clinical needs we offer electives to address diverse situations. Our electives include play and sandtray therapy, grief and bereavement, movement , drama, and poetry among other selections.
Social Justice and Art Therapy
Art therapists are devoted to giving back to the general community. There are individuals who form small focus groups and active helping groups. Blogs have formed which address social issues and art therapy. Click on the links below to sample opportunities.