P.L. 2015, c. 199 established the Art Therapists Advisory Committee, under the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, within the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Licenses to engage in work as an art therapist are not yet available. The law includes a "grandfathering" provision that authorizes the Committee to issue a Professional Art Therapist and Associate Art Therapist license without examination under certain circumstances. To afford applicants the full 12 months within which to make application, the 12 month grandfathering period will begin when regulations adopted by the Committee become effective.
Regular meetings of the Committee are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 124 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The purpose of the Committee is to:
- to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of New Jersey;
- to regulate the practice of art therapy; and
- to take action against the unprofessional, improper, unauthorized or unqualified practice of art therapy and guard against unprofessional conduct by the licensed individuals who practice art therapy.
The Committee protects the public by:
- making sure all professional and associate art therapists meet the requirements set by statute;
- investigating and prosecuting professional and associate art therapists who break the State's consumer protection laws; and
- requiring all professional and associate art therapists to be licensed and to renew their licenses biennially.