May 22, 2019

AATA is pleased to announce that the art therapy master’s programs at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and New York University in New York, NY have been approved for accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  On May 17, 2019 the CAAHEP Board approved the accreditation recommendation by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE).

To date, nine art therapy programs have received initial accreditation:

AATA is proud to sponsor the accreditation process through CAAHEP, the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions. Thank you, ACATE members for leading the profession through the transition from approval by the AATA’s Educational Programs Approval Board to third-party accreditation. And thank you, program directors and faculty for your hard work throughout the rigorous accreditation process. Site evaluations of several additional program have been scheduled across the country, and we look forward to announcing more accreditation approvals in the coming months! As the quality review of master’s level Art Therapy programs continues to transition over the next several years, it is important to remember that both AATA approved and newly CAAHEP accredited programs prepare their students for entry-level skills and post-graduate certification as an art therapist.