Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
One key element of IEATA’s mission is to promote professional excellence and standards of practice for practitioners and consumers. To that end, we have established the title of Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) and developed a screening and registration process to certify qualified members. All REATs agree to abide by a Code of Ethics.
To become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, an IEATA member must meet all of the registration standards and requirements. (You can read the criteria below or download a printer-friendly version.)
Registration Standards and Requirements
Must meet one of the standards described in category A, B, C or D below. If education has been obtained from an educational institute that is not state-accredited, applicant must include an official course syllabus for each course taken. Transcripts must be official, sent in a sealed envelope, with the signature of the registrar or other designated official across the seal.
Experience must have been acquired after completion of categories A, B, C or D (post-graduate), and must include the following:
A clear demonstration that all three required competencies (A, B and C below) have been met will be documented in the:
A. Expressive Arts Therapy
A minimum of three of the following four categories below must be satisfied and the applicant must have completed a minimum of 25 hours of instruction for each of the three categories:
B. General Therapy
A minimum of three of the following four categories below must be satisfied and the applicant must have completed a minimum of 25 hours of instruction for each of the four categories:
C. The Arts
Addressed the following areas:
IV. Personal Expressive Arts Therapy
100 hours are required for individual or group expressive arts therapy, not including personal process as required in Master’s or Institute training classes or coursework. Your expressive arts therapist cannot be the same person as your supervisor, teacher or head of training program. (This means your own therapy within a private context outside of the academic program or training institute.)
Applicant’s personal process must be with a REAT or with a certified or registered therapist in any art form (art therapist, dance therapist, etc.) The credentials of the non-REAT therapist must accompany the applicant’s documentation. This personal process may be obtained prior to or following a Master’s degree or Institute training.
V. Autobiographical Statement
The essential background and training elements of a seasoned Expressive Arts Therapist include personal experience and artistic and psychological competencies. To understand and review these elements of applicant’s professional experience, we request a five-page essay (typed and double-spaced), which should include the following:
An autobiographical statement describing applicant’s experience and mastery in the arts, including present work, certifications and credentials from other associations, personal therapy, special awards, publications, and other related information.
VI. Philosophy of Expressive Arts Therapy
Our field is defining itself through our many voices. This category provides an opportunity for you to crystallize your ideas and describe your practice. Please include thoughts about major influences of the arts in your life, images and concepts that inform your work and your approach or style of practice. Include any examples of your work that will help us to understand your philosophy. Your written statement should be at least five pages (typed and double-spaced).
VII. Two Letters of Reference
The letters of reference can be from your supervisor who is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Creative Arts Therapist, or Licensed Mental Health Professional with a background in the arts, including your supervisor from pre-master’s degree and/or post-master’s degree experience.
These are the individuals who are familiar with your work and progress and have witnessed your professional development in the therapeutic environment.
The letters of reference CANNOT be from your personal therapist.
Note: For those applying under the “Exceptional Category,” you may not have had an expressive arts or creative arts supervisor but you will still need to include references from prior supervisors, colleagues and teachers in the Mental Health Profession. Remember that you will need five letters of reference if applying under this category. The individuals must be familiar with your skills and reputation as an Expressive Arts Therapist, with at least two of the references being past supervisors.
Completed applications for registration may be submitted at any time. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant after three months if necessary parts still have not been received. This includes the required triplicate copies requested for the review process. The reviewing process will take a minimum of three months for regular submissions and four months for the Exceptional Category.