The New Jersey Art Therapy Association, Inc. is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life-enhancing.
The New Jersey Art Therapy Association (NJATA), a non-profit entity, is an official affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. NJATA was founded in 1997. Prior to 1997, the Garden State Art Therapy Association was organized but was not an affiliate chapter of AATA. There are approximately one hundred and fifty professional art therapists and art therapy students who are members of NJATA.
Support the American Art Therapy Association with the provision of educational opportunities within the field of Art Therapy for members and the general public as well as art therapy professionals.
Promote public awareness of the field of art therapy.
Encourage progressive development of the therapeutic use of art.
Support development of research and standards of clinical practice.
Maintain criteria for training future art therapists in therapeutic and culturally competent techniques.
Exchange information with colleagues and the general public.
Facilitate the therapeutic use of art in institutional and private practice settings
Recovery Efforts Continue in the North East Throughout the country, members of the American Art Therapy Association have been expressing their concern for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy and they want to know how they can help. Recovery is still in the emergency phase for many people who have been displaced by the storm and its aftermath. The New Jersey Art Therapy Association has been communicating with our National office. At the present time the best means of support is through financial contribution. The following websites may be helpful in finding assistance and contributing to the recovery.
We will work with the Association’s national office to coordinate any appeal that may be needed. Check back to our website often for updates. Thank you for your support.
In the wake of the hurricane, some well-meaning but misguided organizations and people are claiming to offer art therapy services to those most severely affected by the storm. The New Jersey Art Therapy Association has a created task force for storm response and will be following guidelines from both FEMA and the American Art Therapy Association. Unqualified art therapists may unknowingly cause harm to the most vulnerable victims. Art Therapy is a sixty credit master’s degree, not a novelty. If you are uncertain of the qualifications of the person conducting “art therapy” workshops, please contact our Board, see officers page on this website. We do not condone the exploitation of storm victims for public relations opportunities.
Registered and Board Certified Art Therapists have a master's degree in art therapy or higher from a nationally approved program from the American Art Therapy Association, and receive extensive supervision before they can receive the registration credential, the ATR. After which they study for and take a comprehensive board certification exam, and they then can have the credentials ATR-BC. (Registered Art Therapist, Board Certified). Art Therapists work in many different settings and private practice. Are you searching for a registered and/or board certified art therapist? You can search the private practice list on link below:
Looking for a credentialed art therapist in NJ/NY/PA?
Click here for a list of art therapists in private practice. Also click here for "Find a Therapist"
Clickhere for a list of agencies offering art therapy.