Career Opportunities

 
 

At Seton Hill we provide the theory, skills, and supervised experience needed to practice art therapy effectively with diverse clients in a variety of settings. Our graduates have worked in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, alternative educational settings, prisons, homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, residential group homes, day treatment centers, halfway houses, burn centers, pediatric hospitals, rehabilitation centers, sheltered workshops, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and in private practice.


Becoming Registered & Board Certified in Art Therapy 

Upon completion of Seton Hill's M.A. in Art Therapy with Specialization in Counseling Program, graduates must complete 1000 supervised, direct client contact hours doing art therapy. 

Art Therapy Registration (ATR Status)
Upon completion of the required 1000 supervised direct client contact hours graduates are eligible for ATR status (Art Therapist, Registered) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). 

Art Therapy Board Certification (ATR-BC status)
After attaining ATR status graduates are eligible to take the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE). Therapists who pass the exam earn the ATR-BC (Art Therapist, Registered - Board Certified) credential.

The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) provides detailed information about becoming an ATR and an ATR-BC.

Becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania



Upon completion of Seton Hill's M.A. in Art Therapy with Specialization in Counseling Program, graduates may begin accumulating the 3000 experience hours (direct and indirect) required for counseling licensure. 



Counseling Licensure (LPC Status)
After completing 3000 supervised hours and passing a qualifying exam, graduates are eligible to apply for counseling licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors determines standards and qualifications for licensing professional counselors. The Pennsylvania State Board accepts the Art Therapy Board Certification Exam (ATBCE) as one of a number of exams accepted toward counseling licensure.




Application of Hours to Different Credentials

All experience hours that meet designated criteria and are supervised by appropriate personnel may be "double counted" toward both Art Therapy Registration and Professional Counseling Licensure.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors provides detailed information about becoming a licensed counselor in Pennsylvania. 

Licensure Outside of Pennsylvania

Applicants to the Seton Hill M.A. in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling Program who are interested in obtaining counseling licensure in states other than Pennsylvania are encouraged to research the education, experience and examination requirements needed to obtain a license in their state of choice. The links below should help you find the information you need:

American Art Therapy Association

Art Therapy Credentials Board

American Counseling Association Licensure Requirements