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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Friday, November 7 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Professional Credentialing & State Licensure: What Arts Therapists Need to Know

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Registration Professional credentialing is a hallmark of competence, available to practitioners within a profession across the country and even around the world. Every creative arts therapy discipline has a professional organization and/or credentialing body with a similar mission—to protect consumers by credentialing therapists. Board certification indicates to the public that the therapist has been vetted statistically by passing a scientifically produced examination within a nationally accredited certification program. Recertification ensures that therapists continue their education in order to stay up-to-date in their practice. 

Licensing gives the expressive therapist the legal right to practice a profession, use a specific title, and protects the public by ensuring minimum standards of competency and holding licensees accountable for their professional practice through a disciplinary system. Licensing is subject to laws specific to each state, and therefore requirements vary from state to state. This presentation will focus on the laws and licensing standards for the state of New York. 

During this special presentation geared towards expressive arts therapies students and recent graduates, attendees will participate in an exchange about credentialing and licensing in New York. The speakers will answer frequently asked questions about qualifying for credentials and the difference between professional credentialing and state licensure. 

Not included with Summit or Symposium 

Tickets $20 online • $30 at door, pending availability


Ed Oechslie, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCMHC

President, Art Therapy Credentials Board
Ed Oechslie, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCMHC, is president-elect of the Art Therapy Credentials Board. The executive director of a nonprofit therapeutic community serving people with addictions and mental health disorders, he is a board-certified art therapist, licensed clinical mental health counselor, certified clinical supervisor and art therapy certified supervisor, trained in motivational interviewing, trauma-sensitive care, and strengths-based... Read More →

David Hamilton, PhD, LMSW, ACSW State Board for Mental Health Practitioners

David Hamilton, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, is a licensed social worker in New York State (NYS). He was appointed executive secretary to the state boards for social work and mental health practitioners in the NYS education department in March 2003. David served as the executive secretary for Podiatry, Physical Therapy, and Ophthalmic Dispensing. He has a bachelor’s in psychology from Loyola Marymount Univ., a master’s in social welfare from... Read More →

Friday November 7, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Hirshon Suite: The New School Arnhold Hall, 55 W. 13th Street, NY, NY 10011