LCAT Licensure Information

Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements for LCATS

From the Office of the Professions: As of January 1, 2017, in order to register and practice the profession, each mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, creative arts therapist and psychoanalyst, licensed under the Education Law, must complete 36 hours of continuing education (CE) from a Department approved provider during each three-year registration period. Courses taken before January 1, 2017 or from a provider that is not approved by the Department will not be acceptable to meet the requirement.

For more information on the continuing education requirement that went into affect on January 1, 2017, visit the’s website here:

For a listing of current approved providers, check here:
View David Hamilton’s October 2016 NYATA LCAT Presentation about the new requirements.

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Updates on Bill NY A06376

This bill would require blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage for outpatient treatment by mental health practitioners (mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists and psychoanalysts) licensed pursuant to article 163 of the education law. To follow the status of this bill, visit the below link:

You can go to and let the Senate know you support the bill.

From the Govermental Affairs Chairperson, Samantha Hasher

The New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA) is committed to identifying policies and legislation that have the potential to secure, protect or improve employment opportunities for art therapists in New York State and promote knowledge and recognition of art therapy as a profession. The NYATA Board has worked hard to inform its members of current priorities, and help prepare them to be effective advocates on important legislation. The Board encourages its members to participate in learning more about the issues that affect us and to band together to have an effective voice.

The NYATA Government Affairs Chairperson (GAC) has developed many connections with people who can help us stay up to date on our licensure laws.  Even though we have a license in New York (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT), there are adjustments that need to be made. One invaluable resource is Dr. David Hamilton, the Executive Secretary of the State Education Department. He works for the Office of the Professions, which is where the Creative Arts Therapy License is governed. He provides the GAC with the latest updates from meetings and he also speaks annually at NYATA events to help explain the law and answer many questions that our members have.

The GAC sends advocacy notices that members need to be aware of and action alerts when timely attention is needed to help build support on important issues, votes or bills.  They provide instruction on who to contact and sample letters that explain and support the cause.

Last year’s legislative session had a 7 week strategic plan that outlined the goal, timeline, and steps that needed to be taken. I participated by sending letters and calling my legislative representatives and I even met with my local Assemblyman. I felt energized and proud that I was able to do my part. NYATA continues to cultivate rapport with officials at the state level and we will continue to move forward with our legislative agenda. It is important that all art therapists get involved in advocacy, because together we can make a difference.