February 18, 2022 | Ron Hunt, DDS, MS, Chair, Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE)

The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) is currently seeking applications and nominations for two (2) Educator and one (1) Practitioner positions that will become open on July 1, 2022.

Please consider applying or nominating someone whom you believe will actively work to promote best practices for art therapy educational programs and help ACATE lead the upcoming revision process for the art therapy program accreditation standards. Nominees must demonstrate a commitment to art therapy education, knowledge of contemporary art therapy and allied health practice, and sensitivity to the needs of art therapy students and consumers. Sitting ACATE members will review all applications and approve nominees that reflect the diverse communities of interest in art therapy.

  • ACATE Council members serve rotating three-year terms, with no member serving longer than two consecutive terms.
  • Applications and nominations are welcomed from the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) as the sponsoring organization, AATA members, AATA state or regional chapters, accredited art therapy programs, art therapy professionals, and employers and consumers of art therapy services.
  • ACATE Council members may not concurrently serve on the AATA Board of Directors, or the AATA Education Committee, nor be a Chair or Regional Representative of the AATA Governmental Affairs Committee.
  • ACATE Council members must not be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of a master’s or doctorate art therapy program.

Required Qualifications and Professional Experience

Candidates must be ATR-BC credentialed and possess knowledge of, experience with, and/or willingness to learn about the higher education accreditation process, e.g., experience with other accrediting, licensure, or certification bodies.

  • Educator Member: May be either a full time, part time, or adjunct faculty member currently teaching in an art therapy program with experience in curriculum design and program assessment.
  • Practitioner Member: May be either a provider of art therapy or a supervisor of practitioners and who can highlight the needs of consumers of art therapy services and graduates under supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Interest in the Art Therapy profession, ACATE/CAAHEP, and the accreditation process
  • Willingness to work hard and ability to follow through with short-term and long-term tasks
  • Agreement to attend and actively participate in all Council activities (The Council meets online monthly and in person bi-annually in the summer and fall [in conjunction with the AATA conference])
  • Ability to work as part of a team, build consensus, and participate in healthy group discussions and processes
  • Recognition of the importance of and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Awareness of and willingness to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest
  • Willingness to be thoughtful, insightful, and take risks
  • A good sense of humor

Roles and Time Commitment

ACATE is a working Council whose members agree to commit to an average time commitment of five (5) to ten (10) hours per month. Each member is expected to play an active role in the governance of the organization and the review of art therapy programs.

For consideration to serve on the ACATE Council, applicants and nominees should submit:

  • A Statement of Interest in serving on ACATE. Please be detailed as to why you wish to serve on the council.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Contact Information (phone and email) for two references willing to be contacted.

The terms of these positions begin July 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2022 or until the positions are filled.

For more information or to submit materials contact:
Dana Elmendorf, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Coordinator, Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education, at acatecouncil@gmail.com