American Art Therapy Association
|Sarah Deaver, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT, LPC President
Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC President-Elect
Charlotte Boston, MA, ATR Secretary
Joseph Jaworek, MA, ATR-BC Treasurer
The American Art Therapy Association is a U.S. national professional association of over 5,000 practicing art therapy professionals, including students, educators, and related practitioners in the field art therapy.
Membership and Credentials
AATA has 36 affiliated State and Regional Chapters with their own membership base, websites, meetings and advocacy activities on the local level that promote the profession of art therapy and the interests of the membership. AATA has both U.S. and international members.
AATA created the Art Therapy Credentials Board in 1993, which has been a separate organization, since February 1, 2010, when the AATA Board approved a legal Separation Agreement that eliminated AATA's involvement in ATCB's governance structure. ATCB is the national U.S. credentialing body for professional art therapists who meet stringent qualifications. ATCB credentialing programs enable art therapists to become credentialed in three tiers: by Registration (ATR), Board Certification (ATR-BC) and as an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS). Only ATCB-credentialed art therapists are legally entitled to use these suffixes with their names.