As a credential holder, there are times in life that present circumstances where you may need to use “Temporary Inactive Status.” This article outlines the procedures and answers questions to empower credential holders with the ability to make an informed decision.
Over the past few years as liaison to the Credentialing Committee, there have been several cases where credential holders have had long term personal illness, family medical issues, and/or unemployment that have impacted their ability to keep pace with recertification. The ATCB has made provisions for such circumstances. Temporary Inactive Status may be a realistic option for credential holders who are in good standing to put things on ‘pause’ so to speak.
What does it mean to have Temporary Inactive Status?
Specific circumstances must exist. Acceptable reasons for seeking this status include: unemployment, maternity or paternity leave, serious illness or disability, military service, volunteer service, or education.
How does one begin the process to obtain this status and how long can it last?
The credential holder must apply for Temporary Inactive Status online via MyATCB at least 8 weeks in advance of the beginning of the period. The application fee is $25. For ATR-BCs, this request must be within the five year recertification cycle for a minimum of one and a maximum of five years inactive status. The originally scheduled date for recertification will remain unchanged unless the date falls within the inactive period. If the date falls within the inactive period, the new recertification date will be on the 30th of June immediately following reinstatement to ‘active’ status. If an ATR-BC wishes to apply for Temporary Inactive Status in the year they are due to recertify, they must first meet the requirements for recertification. Credential holders will receive notification once their request is received and their good standing has been determined.
The ATCB office has accepted your request and granted you a ‘letter of determination’ for Temporary Inactive Status–now what? For the duration of this status, you cannot provide art therapy services, education or supervision. To be clear, you cannot hold a paid or volunteer position while in ‘Inactive Status.’ You cannot use your ATR, ATR-BC or ATCS credential. “Credential holders granted Temporary Inactive Status may use the “ATR Temporary Inactive” the “ATR-BC Temporary Inactive, or the “ATCS Temporary Inactive.”
For ATR-BC or ATCS credential holders, it is important to note:
For each year of Temporary Inactive Status during the five (5) year recertification cycle the credential holder is not required to obtain 20 CECs towards recertification or to pay the annual renewal fee. For credential holders who seek the maximum of 5 years temporary inactive status, in order to reinstate to active status, the credential holders must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education, with 6 hours being in ethics.
As you consider reinstatement, please plan in advance. Eight (8) weeks prior to the scheduled conclusion of the inactive period, requests for reinstatement to active status must be made in writing to the ATCB National Office, accompanied by the annual maintenance fee. Once this is received, the ATCB office will send you a letter of reinstatement.
As credential holders, we have invested time, money and energy in our career to keep pace with maintaining our art therapy credentials, continuing education and more. No one may expect to use Temporary Inactive Status during the course of his or her career, but it is an available option for consideration. It is my hope that you will use this information and option to choose, as it may enable your ability to focus on caring for yourself or your family when faced with adverse circumstances or deployment. The ATCB office is available to address any additional questions about this status.