10.58.17.03

.03 Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist.

A. To qualify for licensure as a clinical professional art therapist, an applicant shall have:

(1) Completed one of the following from an accredited educational institution:

(a) A masterís degree in an art therapy program approved by the Board with:

(i) A minimum of 60 graduate semester credit hours; or

(ii) 90 graduate quarter credit hours;

(b) A doctoral degree in an art therapy program approved by the Board with:

(i) A minimum of 90 graduate semester credit hours; or

(ii) 135 graduate quarter credit hours; or

(c) A graduate level degree which:

(i) Includes the coursework listed in §A(2) of this regulation; and

(ii) Is approved by the Board;

(2) Completed a minimum of 3 graduate semester credit hours in each of the following course content areas:

(a) Human growth and personality development;

(b) Social and cultural foundations of counseling;

(c) Theories of art therapy;

(d) Art therapy techniques:

(e) Group dynamics, processing, and counseling;

(f) Lifestyle and career development;

(g) Appraisal;

(h) Research and evaluation;

(i) Professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities;

(j) Marriage and family therapy;

(k) Supervised field experience that includes:

(i) A supervised clinical internship, externship, field experience, or practicum placement; and

(ii) Direct client contact in art therapy with a minimum of 125 hours of face-to-face client therapy;

(l) Alcohol and drug counseling;

(m) Psychopathology; and

(n) Diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders;

(3) For a masterís level applicant, completed supervised clinical experience in professional art therapy obtained under the supervision of an approved art therapy supervisor of not less than 3 years with a minimum of 3,000 hours, of which:

(a) 1,500 hours shall be face-to-face client contact hours, including 100 face-to-face clinical supervision hours obtained after the awarding of a masterís degree, of which:

(i) At least 50 hours shall be face-to-face individual clinical supervision; and

(ii) 50 hours may be face-to-face group clinical supervision;

(b) A maximum of 1 year and 1,000 hours of clinical experience may be acquired before the awarding of the master's degree; and

(c) Not less than 2 years and 2,000 hours shall be acquired after the master's degree has been awarded;

(4) For a doctoral level applicant, completed supervised clinical experience in professional art therapy obtained under the supervision of an approved art therapy supervisor of not less than 2 years with a minimum of 2,000 hours, of which:

(a) 1,000 hours shall be face-to-face client contact hours, including 50 face-to-face clinical supervision hours obtained after the awarding of a doctoral degree, of which:

(i) At least 25 hours shall be face-to-face individual clinical supervision; and

(ii) 25 hours may be face-to-face group clinical supervision;

(b) A maximum of 1 year and 1,000 hours of clinical experience may be acquired before the awarding of the doctoral degree; and

(c) Not less than 1 year and 1,000 hours shall be acquired after the doctoral degree has been awarded;

(5) Achieved a passing score on:

(a) A national certification exam approved by the Board; and

(b) An examination of:

(i) Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(ii) COMAR 10.58;

(6) Submitted a completed Board-approved application;

(7) Provided an official transcript from the educational institution which awarded the masterís or doctoral degree;

(8) Paid all applicable fees set forth in COMAR 10.58.02;

(9) Submitted to a criminal background check;

(10) Good moral character; and

(11) Complied with:

(a) Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(b) The code of ethics as set forth in COMAR 10.58.03.

B. An applicant who fails an examination for licensure may retake the exam.

C. The Board shall act upon applications within a 6-month period as follows:

(1) Within 90 days after receipt of an application, the Board shall determine whether the application is complete;

(2) If the Board determines that the application is not complete, the Board or the Boardís designee shall send a notice of deficiency to the applicant;

(3) Upon receipt of a notice, the applicant shall correct the deficiency within 90 days, or another period specified in the notice; and

(4) If the applicant fails to correct the deficiency within the required period, the application shall lapse and the applicant shall be required to:

(a) Submit a new application; and

(b) Pay the required non-refundable fee set forth in COMAR 10.58.02.

D. Renewal.

(1) To renew a clinical professional art therapist license, the applicant shall:

(a) Submit a completed Board-approved application;

(b) Pay the required application fee set forth in COMAR 10.58.02; and

(c) Attest to completion of continuing education activities as specified in COMAR 10.58.05.05 and .06.

(2) A licensed clinical professional art therapist shall comply with the renewal requirements as provided in Health Occupations Article, §17Ė504, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(3) An individual who fails to renew licensure is not authorized to and may not practice clinical professional art therapy.

E. Reinstatement.

(1) Within 5 calendar years after the certificate renewal date, the Board may reinstate the license of a licensed clinical professional art therapist otherwise entitled to reinstatement under Health Occupations Article, §17-505(b), Annotated Code of Maryland, whose license was not renewed for any reason, if the licensee:

(a) Completes within that 5-year period the minimum of 20 CEUs required for each year; and

(b) Pays the reinstatement fee set by the Board in COMAR 10.58.02.

(2) CEUs which are acquired in order to reinstate under COMAR 10.58.05.05 and.06 may be credited only once and may not be credited for any future renewals.

(3) For any licensed clinical professional art therapist whose license has expired more than 5 calendar years before the request for reinstatement, a new application for licensure shall be completed and the current licensure requirements shall be met.

(4) An individual who fails to reinstate licensure is not authorized to and may not practice clinical professional art therapy.

F. Inactive Status.

(1) In accordance with Health Occupations Article, §17-505, Annotated Code of Maryland, a request to transfer a license to inactive status shall be granted upon receipt of the:

(a) Completed Board-approved application; and

(b) Payment of the required, non-refundable, annual fee set forth in COMAR 10.58.02.

(2) An individual may apply for inactive status only if the individualís license is still active at the time application for inactive status is made.

(3) An individual on inactive status is not authorized to and may not practice clinical professional art therapy.

(4) An individual on inactive status seeking to be reinstated to active status shall be required, as a condition of reinstatement, to submit proof of having completed 20 CEUís for each year of inactive status, at least 40 of which shall have been obtained within the 2-year period immediately preceding the application for reinstatement.