Ever think about volunteering for the ATCB? Are you looking for ways to advance the art therapy profession? Would you consider writing questions for the ATCB Exam? These are questions we often ask ATCB credential holders. Perhaps you’ve been asked by ATCB staff at an art therapy conference, or you’ve been approached by a current ATCB Board or committee member.
If you’re looking for ways to get involved, the time is now! As the art therapy profession grows, and as the number of ATCB credentialed art therapists grows, we are fortunate to be able to “deepen the bench” of professionals who can lend their expertise and talents toward important aspects of the credentialing process. Art therapists work hard to earn their degrees, obtain their supervised experience hours and acquire their credentials and licenses to practice. Once you become a credentialed, practicing professional, by giving back to the profession through volunteering, the process comes full circle. Your engagement and participation are extremely valuable in advancing the important work art therapists do as well as your own professional development and career!
In this month’s companion blog written by Shan Ru Lin, ATR-BC, LCPC, Ms. Lin describes her personal experience as an ATCBE item writer / reviewer. You will find her article informative and inspiring, so please be sure to check it out.
I encourage you to consider this opportunity to get involved. To volunteer as an item writer/reviewer you must hold the ATR-BC credential (by taking and passing the ATCB Exam) and you must demonstrate active practice as an art therapy practitioner or educator for at least five years. We are looking for a diverse pool of members who will be able to lend their knowledge, expertise, and experience to the process. While the position is considered volunteer, there is a stipend provided to writers whose items become active on the exam.
For additional information on the ATCB Exam item writer/reviewer requirements, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.213.2822. I welcome the opportunity to speak with anyone interested in this important work!
Erin Clark, Executive Director ATCB