What is art therapy?
Art therapy emerged in the 1930's and was first recognized as a human service profession in the 1950's. Art therapists may provide art therapy services as primary form of treatment or it can be parallel or adjunctive in treatment found in many different settings, such as clinical, educational, rehabilitative, and mental health settings.
Any mental health clinician who has not received a Master's in Art therapy may not be a true art therapist. When a clinician has an ATR they are a registered art therapist and have fulfilled the requirements of the ATCB (Art Therapy Credentials Board).
In order to become a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) the ATCB requires the completion of master’s level education (including art therapy core curriculum and supervised practicum and internship experiences), as well as post-education supervised clinical experience.
Today's art therapists come from a wide variety of educational experiences. A board certified art therapist is one who has passed a board certification exam, given by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). This exam creates some uniformity in the scope of practice in the field of art therapy. In some states this exam is considered a licensing exam. At this time Oregon does not.
The ATCB states: "The ATCB Board has established the following as related mental health fields: Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, Addictions Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing, and Psychiatry."
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Beth Ann Short, Art Therapist
Beth Ann comes from the Great Lakes region, living in both Michigan and Ontario throughout her youth. Short attended Alma College for her undergraduate degrees, double majoring in Art and English. Short has a Masters in Art Therapy from Marylhurst University and is a nationally board certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board and a member of the American Art Therapy Association. Short has worked in an array of community mental health settings as a QMHP, including: medical, outpatient, inpatient, juvenile justice, school-based settings and with at-risk youth. Short has worked with treatment teams, groups, couples, families and individuals.
Currently Short has a small private practice out of the 100th Monkey Studio. Short also sits on the ATCB Credential Committee and is a part-time professor. Contact us to discuss your creativity today!