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Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education

Dana Elmendorf, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
4875 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 240
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 724-830-1140


See Accreditation Documents (to right) for material related to the accreditation process and ACATE policies and procedures. Art Therapy programs interested in applying for accreditation will wish to start with a review of the:

1) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Art Therapy

2) Initial Self-Study Report Handbook- (updated 2018)   

3) Initial Self-Study Report Template 


Sponsors for Art Therapy

American Art Therapy Association 

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) cooperate with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) to establish, maintain and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards.  

Do you have any good photos of art therapy students in action, learning and growing professionally? We need a few photos to represent art therapy on the CAAHEP website.  Send us your photo(s) and include this signed Photo Release form.