The Pennsylvania Art Therapy Licensure Council (PAATLC) began in 2015 as a sub-committee of the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association. PAATLC was created as a resource for Pennsylvania Art Therapists to organize efforts for the pursuit of an independent professional art therapy license in the State of Pennsylvania. Additionally, the council created this website for interested parties to be able to sign up to volunteer for projects/tasks and to access information about the PAATLC's progress and effort.
Our main goal is to protect the public; a professional art therapy license will provide title and practice protections, which will ensure clarity around the scope of practice, proper training, education, and ongoing oversight. In the State of Pennsylvania, at this point, many art therapists are eligible to become licensed professional counselors (LPC), but thus far, there is no distinct professional art therapy license.
Through licensure, we will promote our unique and individual identity as a profession. Licensure could mean a future of art therapy being more broadly and safely accessible to the public by expanding services and funding to residents across the Commonwealth.