MATA Default MATA Default: 2012-10-19T15:30:49Z Copyright (c) 2012, mata ExpressionEngine tag:marylandata.org,2012:10:05 About Art Therapy tag:marylandata.org,2009:index.php/site/index/1.109 2009-07-30T19:28:00Z 2012-05-07T00:30:11Z Amanda Bechtel ambechtel@gmail.com Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy is an evidence-based and multi-sensory practice that uses the creative process to help people resolve conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage difficult behaviors, cope with symptoms related to trauma, reduce stress and anxiety, improve body image and self esteem, and achieve insight.

Art therapy is for all ages: children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Art therapy is used with groups, families or individually.

Art therapists are masters level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy or a related field. Educational requirements include: theories of art therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy; ethics and standards of practice; assessment and evaluation; individual, group, and family techniques; human and creative development; multicultural issues; research methods; and practicum experiences in clinical, community, and/or other settings. Art therapists are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media) for assessment and treatment. In the State of Maryland, the art therapy profession is (as of October, 2012) regulated and afforded title protection by licensure, which also grants art therapists diagnostic and assessment privileges. Please see our Legislative Action page for more information.

Approximately 200 Art Therapists work in Maryland in settings ranging from the National Institute of Health to the public school system. The Maryland Art Therapy Association was founded to support the profession and ensure the highest quality of care.  In Maryland, Art Therapists are currently providing services to clients at:

Arundel Lodge
Foundation School
Katherine Thomas School
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Good Samaritan Hospital of Baltimore
Hearts and Homes for Youth
National Institute of Health
Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System
Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents
Rita Project, Inc.
Riverside Treatment Services
Sheppard Pratt Health System
Springfield Hospital
Washington Adventists Hospital
YMCA of Central Maryland

In Washington, DC:
Children’s National Medical Center
Georgetown Hospital/Lombardi Center
IONA Senior Services
Miriam’s Kitchen
McClendon Center
Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Walter Reed Army Medical Clinic
Whitman Walker Clinic

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Art Therapy Licensure in Maryland (LCPAT) is here! tag:marylandata.org,2012:index.php/site/index/1.226 2012-10-05T00:55:00Z 2012-10-05T00:59:14Z mata info@marylandata.org Licensure under the State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists is now available for qualified art therapists. Learn more at the link, below, and apply now!
http://dhmh.maryland.gov/bopc/pdfs/ArtTherapy-Application10-2-12final.pdf

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Make Your Mark: Art-Based Research with Lynn Kapitan tag:marylandata.org,2012:index.php/site/index/1.217 2012-08-16T14:12:00Z 2012-08-16T15:14:44Z Amanda Bechtel ambechtel@gmail.com This symposium co-sponsored by PATA, MATA and VATA will be held at Marymount University in Virginia on October 27, 2012. Registration should be open soon. For more information email

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Art Therapy Licensure in the State of Maryland tag:marylandata.org,2012:index.php/site/index/1.211 2012-05-07T00:07:00Z 2012-06-04T22:30:20Z mata info@marylandata.org We did it! Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of our Legislative Committee (headed by Liz Hlavek and Amanda Bechtel), as well as the efforts of many other Maryland art therapists and supporters, particularly those who lobbied their representatives directly and/or testified in Annapolis, the art therapy profession will now be regulated and protected under law.

Our bill was signed into law on May 29, 2012. (Here’s a photo of our very own Liz with Governor Martin O’Malley as he applied his signature: Bill Signing)

Art therapists meeting the standards to be licensed under the LCPAT designation (Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist) will have all the privileges and responsibilities afforded by state licensure. The corresponding law will go into effect in October 2012, so it behooves art therapists, students, related professionals, local institutions and agencies, and consumers, to get to know the LCPAT now.

A version of the House of Delegates bill resulting in the new law is available to view and download at: http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/bills/hb/hb1207t.pdf

LCPAT FAQs
1. What is the LCPAT and how will it affect me?
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.

2. Who is eligible for the LCPAT?
Any art therapist who graduated from an AATA accredited master’s program with 60 credits is eligible. The Art Therapy Board Certification exam is the required exam for licensure. 

3. What are the requirements for the LCPAT?
- 60 credit master’s degree from an AATA approved school
- 3000 client contact hours (2000 of which are accumulated post graduation.)
- ATCB Board Certification

4. Is there a graduate level license?
Yes. 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.

5. Is there a “grandfathering” period and what does that require?
Yes. From October 1, 2012 through October 1 2014, certain art therapists will be able to be “grandfathered” in to the LCPAT. This option is available to any board certified Maryland art therapist who has a minimum of three years postgraduate work as an full time art therapist. Documentation of work experience and board certification must be included in application.

6. Do all 60 credits need to be from an AATA-approved program ?
Yes, they do. AATA accreditation keeps educational requirements consistent.

7. Will the LCPAT be recognized by insurance companies?
Hopefully. This is our next big step, which will require additional manpower and potentially more legislative action.

8. How do I apply for the license and when can I do so?
The license goes into effect on October 1, 2012. By that date, applicants can visit http://dhmh.maryland.gov/bopc/SitePages/Home.aspx where there will be a new section for applying for the LCPAT or LGPAT. An art therapist will sit on the board and review art therapist applications. MATA will send out an email when the information becomes available online

9. Can I hold both an LCPC and a LCPAT?
Absolutely. if you already have the LCPC or are working towards it, you can certainly keep that license. However, the LCPAT will be required to practice art therapy by October 2014.

10. I already have the LCPC and I took the NCE. Do I still need to take the BC exam for the LCPAT?
Yes. The LCPAT is an art therapy specific license and as such, it is important that the BC exam be the standard that is used. We are working with the ATCB to have the BC exam offered this July in Baltimore in addition to the other cities where it is offered.

11. What is included in the LCPAT scope of practice?
The definition of an LCPAT was written to have parity with the other licenses under the Board. According to legislation, LCPATs will use art therapy for diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of psychological and emotional or mental conditions.

12. Does this include title protection?
Yes! By regulating the practice of art therapy at a state level, those practicing and advertising themselves as art therapists will have to be licensed as an LCPAT or LGPAT. This means that individuals with no art therapy background will no longer be able to call themselves art therapists. 

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Art Therapy Licensure in the State of Maryland tag:marylandata.org,2012:index.php/site/index/1.210 2012-05-06T22:14:00Z 2012-05-07T00:20:18Z mata info@marylandata.org Thanks to the hard work of our legislative committee, particularly Liz Hlavek and Amanda Bechtel, Art Therapy is now a licensed mental health profession in the State of Maryland! Please see our Legislative Action page for more information.

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MATA April Meeting tag:marylandata.org,2012:index.php/site/index/1.207 2012-04-17T15:11:00Z 2012-04-17T15:21:22Z mata info@marylandata.org Attention Members:
Mata will be hosting a licensure Q & A session Sunday, April 22 at 3 PM. For more details (and if you have not yet recieved an invitation) contact us: info@marylandata.org

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Per Diem Art Therapist, Towson MD tag:marylandata.org,2011:index.php/site/index/1.199 2011-12-31T14:52:00Z 2011-12-31T14:22:48Z mata info@marylandata.org The Adolescent Male Unit of Sheppard Pratt Health System is currently seeking a Per Diem Art Therapist. Sheppard Pratt Health System is a private, non-profit behavioral health organization that provides a full range of services in a variety of settings to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults and older adults.The Adolescent Male Unit is one of two gender specific units for the multi-disciplinary assessment, evaluation, crisis intervention, and stabilization of adolescents. Discharge planning emphasizes movement to day hospital or outpatient care as soon as the crisis has been stabilized. Duties for potential art therapist include: Plans, structures, coordinates, executes and evaluates art psychotherapy sessions for patients in assigned program/unit based on the specific needs and diagnosis of the adolescent patient population. Evaluates and records patients’ progress in the medical record, contributes verbal and art information in treatment team meetings regarding patients’ progress. Conducts orientation and in-service programs in art therapy for students and staff. Hired art therapist must be able to attend a 7 day mandatory orientation, Thurs., Fri. and the following week (excluding Sat. & Sun.) Mon. - Fri.*This is a non-benefit per diem position with no guaranteed hours. To apply and learn more, review Employment at Sheppard Pratt.

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Art Therapist, Towson MD tag:marylandata.org,2011:index.php/site/index/1.198 2011-12-30T14:40:00Z 2011-12-30T14:47:50Z mata info@marylandata.org The Adolecent Male Unit at Sheppard Pratt Health System is currently seeking a per diem art therapist. Sheppard Pratt Health System is a private, non-profit behavioral health organization that provides a full range of services in a variety of settings to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults and older adults.The Adolescent Male Unit is one of two gender specific units for the multi-disciplinary assessment, evaluation, crisis intervention, and stabilization of adolescents. Discharge planning emphasizes movement to day hospital or outpatient care as soon as the crisis has been stabilized.

Description of duties include: Plans, structures, coordinates, executes and evaluates art psychotherapy sessions for patients in assigned program/unit based on the specific needs and diagnosis of the adolescent. Evaluates and records patients’ progress in the medical record, contributes verbal and art information in treatment team meetings regarding patients’ progress. Conducts orientation and in-service programs in art therapy for students and staff. Potential Art Therapist must be able to attend a 7 day mandatory orientation, Thurs., Fri. and the following week (excluding Sat. & Sun.) Mon. - Fri. *This is a non-benefit per diem position with no guaranteed hours. To apply and learn more, review Employment at Sheppard Pratt.

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Call for Artwork - Deadline January 14, 2012 tag:marylandata.org,2011:index.php/site/index/1.190 2011-09-24T17:49:00Z 2012-01-18T21:14:44Z mata info@marylandata.org DEADLINE EXTENDED!
The Maryland Art Therapy Association (MATA) is now accepting submissions for a collaborative art exhibition, Art as a Container.

Deadline for submissions has been extended to January 26th, 2012. Please see the attached link for prospectus.

This exhibit will be displayed at the Amalie Rothschild Gallery (of The Creative Alliance), February 2nd- 18th, 2012, including an Opening Reception on Friday, February 3rd at 5:30-7:30PM
Questions can be directed to Jessica I. Heckwolf: Jessica.heckwolf@gmail.com

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In memorium tag:marylandata.org,2011:index.php/site/index/1.181 2011-05-02T13:40:01Z 2011-05-02T13:42:26Z mata info@marylandata.org Dr. Aina Nucho of Catonsville, MD died on Sunday evening, April 3, 2011 of myeloma. She was 86 years old. A memorial service will be held at Fairhaven, the assisted living facility where she so happily lived:

Tuesday, May 24th @ 2:00 pm at the Chapel at Fairhaven located in Sykesville, MD.
Website below for directions.
http://www.fairhavenccrc.org/

Ms. Neff may be reached at 301-387-7387 if anyone has any questions.

Dr. Aina O. Nucho is a professor emeriti from the University of Maryland School of Social Work where she taught graduate level courses in clinical methods with individuals, families, and groups. She also taught human behavior, social research, stress management and art therapy. She retired from the School of Social Work in June, 2001.  Dr. Nucho obtained her primary and secondary education in Riga, Latvia, and later she studied at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Dr. Nucho holds a graduate degree in social work and a Ph.D. degree, both from Bryn Mawr College. She was a Distinguished Fellow and a recipient of the 2000 Ernst Kris Prize of the American Society of Psychopathology of Expression, a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work (BCD), a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ASCW), a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Maryland (LCSW-C), and a registered art therapist (ATR). Dr. Nucho is the author of Stress Management: The Quest for Zest (1988) and Spontaneous Creative Imagery: Problem-Solving and Life-Enhancing Skills (1995), both published by Charles C Thomas, Springfield, IL, and five books in Latvian. She has published articles in professional journals and has presented papers at national and international conferences.
Aina will be missed.

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Exciting upcoming event: The Science of the Arts tag:marylandata.org,2010:index.php/site/index/1.173 2010-10-12T22:45:00Z 2010-10-12T22:46:54Z mata info@marylandata.org The Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute is hosting a public symposium: “The Science of the Arts: Perceptual Neuroscience and Aesthetics” Oct. 20 and 21 at the American Visionary Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
For more info:
http://www.brainscienceinstitute.org/index.php/news/upcoming_events/the_science_of_the_arts-1/

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Artscape 2010 tag:marylandata.org,2010:index.php/site/index/1.166 2010-07-08T00:36:00Z 2010-08-03T14:37:36Z Amanda Bechtel ambechtel@gmail.com Thank you to everyone who helped make Artscape 2010 a huge success. Please be sure to check out the photos in our Web Gallery.

Our next member meeting is going to be Tuesday, August 10 at 7:30. Please email for more information if you would like to attend.

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Last-minute call for art! Addiction and Art exhibition tag:marylandata.org,2010:index.php/site/index/1.156 2010-05-10T17:39:00Z 2010-05-10T17:50:19Z mata info@marylandata.org Putting a human face on addiction and recovery.
June 19-June 27, 2010
Venue: Blue Elephant Gallery, 4a W. 5th St., Frederick MD
Local Call for Artists: This show coincides with the release of the book, Addiction and Art, published by Johns Hopkins Press.  Several of the book’s
artists will accompany this juried exhibition and will be glad to autograph your copy, and a DC poet will be on hand to write about the artworks.
Jurors: To Be Announced - Members from both the local art and substance abuse treatment worlds

Deadline for submissions is May 20, 2010

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Volunteers Needed: May 6 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day tag:marylandata.org,2010:index.php/site/index/1.147 2010-01-29T06:12:00Z 2010-04-01T01:16:09Z mata info@marylandata.org Maryland Art Therapy Association is seeking volunteers to help facilitate an event at the American Visionary Arts Museum in commemoration of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about art therapy and meet the Maryland art therapy community. For more information please email Julia at julia@ritaproject.org.

The DC Drama Therapy Collective began in 2009 to bring together drama therapists and professionals in related fields in the Mid-Atlantic area. The group has been meeting every 3-4 months to socialize, network, learn, and discuss various aspects of the profession. The group’s next meeting is Sunday February 21st, 2010. It is being held at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, from 12:00-4:00pm. There will be a Playback Theatre performance, followed by processing and discussion about the future of the DC Drama Therapy Collective. Creative arts therapists and other mental health professionals who are interested in learning more about drama therapy or who are interested in networking with other creative arts therapists in the area are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

For any questions or comments, please contact the group’s leader, Krista Verrastro, MA, RDT: NIBsmf@gmail.com.

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From the Sideshow at AVAM~ Helping Haitian Artists tag:marylandata.org,2010:index.php/site/index/1.140 2010-01-16T15:53:00Z 2010-01-16T15:56:34Z mata info@marylandata.org Thoughts from AVAM:

Our minds reel and hearts ache over the devastation in Haiti. As many of you know, American Visionary Art Museum’s shop, Sideshow, maintains regular, personal contact with artists in Haiti and features beautiful, sequined flags crafted by talented, spirited individuals.

Sideshow is putting their entire collection of Haitian Flags up for sale with 100% OF THE MONEY GOING BACK TO THE HAITIAN ARTISTS IN NEED. Please help if you can...and get a great piece of art in return. You can view the flags online: Haitian Flags at Sideshow.

To purchase or get further details give the shop a call at 443.872.4926. Or come by the museum.

Please support the artists, their families and this stricken island nation. And may we all be mindful of our good fortune as we Pursue our own Happiness.

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