ATCB Story of Impact

We extend our deepest thanks to CCE’s quality staff and their dedication to the ATCB. Their skill and dedication have made our important mission easier to achieve. “ In addition, the Board sought a management partner that understood the nonprofit environment. Patricia Cates, former chief business officer for the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE), worked with Richard Carolan, Ed.D., ATR-BC, ATCB president at the time and Deborah Good, Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATCS Board member, to understand the needs of the ATCB better. “Their management service provider at the time was a for-profit group that had to outsource many of the ATCB services. Plus, they didn’t offer testing services which was a critical component for the Board,” Cates said. Accreditation would elevate the Board’s work to a national stage, heighten the visibility of the art therapy profession and demonstrate the value in being held to the high standards associated with the rigor of the credentialing process. The new prominence would motivate legislatures, artists, and mental health communities to help strengthen the Board’s objective of protecting the public by holding credentialed art therapists to a code of ethics and disciplinary procedures.