The State of Oregon has an Art Therapy License. This makes it imperative that counselors, therapists, and behavioral health agencies understand the difference between therapeutic art making and art therapy practice. To prevent misrepresentation and practicing outside your scope, please connect with us for support and education

If your service organization has or would like to include a creative arts component, it is essential to have a consultant for guidance and feedback. Consultation with a qualified, registered art therapist can help you make the most of your arts program while avoiding the pitfalls of misrepresentation or working outside your staff’s scope of practice. Having a relationship with a consultant also gives you a go-to person when images or events with a client or patient appear troubling or dangerous.

Being an art therapist, requires having at least a Master’s level graduate degree in Art Therapy. Within Oregon, the only graduate art therapy program is at Lewis and Clark University. For a list of art therapy graduate programs, explore the American Art Therapy Association website

For local undergraduate art therapy education, Southern Oregon University occasionally offers an Introduction to Art Therapy seminar. This course was developed by Delaine Due. If you would like to have a complementary conversation about an art therapy education and career path, please contact us.

“People’s Art has provided art therapy groups as a part of our integrative care model at Kolpia Counseling for the better part of a decade. Delaine’s expertise with helping clients discover meaning and deep insights through the personal images they create helps to support their healing in ways that often transcend what they would be able to accomplish through words and talk therapy alone. The art therapy group is one of the longest running and most cherished and popular groups with clients on the Kolpia roster.”

Cynthia Levesque