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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2432, creating a licensing program for art therapists under the oversight of the Oregon Health Licensing Office (HLO.) The law became effective on May 25, 2017 with Governor Brown's signature.
HLO now begins the process of developing administrative rules detailing how the new law will be carried out. This public process starts with the appointment of a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) made up of a wide range of stakeholders - potential licensees, consumers, health care providers and other interested parties. The first RAC meeting for the Art Therapy program is scheduled forJuly 25, 2017 at 9:00 am at the HLO office in Salem.
The new law defines Art Therapy as "the integrated use of psychotherapeutic principles, visual art media and the creative process to assist clients in increasing awareness of self and others, coping with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences, enhancing cognitive abilities and identifying and implementing therapeutic interventions to meet developmental, behavioral, cognitive and emotional needs."
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