[Self-Study] Doing the Right Thing: Ethics, the Law, Technology, and More

About the Event

Session Description: Using the American Art Therapy Association (2013) Ethical Principles for Art Therapists and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (2021) Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures as the basis for art therapy ethical practice, this presentation is intended to assist participants in exploring ethical and legal concepts related to the practice of art therapy services, whether remotely, using a video/conference platform, the telephone, or text/email. This involves addressing ethical decision-making models, moral principles and personal values, self-care, practicing within the art therapist’s area of expertise, cultural sensitivity, knowledge of licensing laws, and professional boundaries. Participants will engage in activities regarding a series of topics, including federal and state laws/statutes, ethical codes, the use of technology in art therapy and counseling, telehealth platforms, and personal values. HIPAA, FERPA, the counseling interstate compact, and other key legislation will be discussed with emphasis on art therapy and telehealth. This presentation meets the CEU requirement for art therapy credentialing.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:
1. Name and recognize the pertinent AATA and ATCB ethical guidelines and codes of conduct that pertain to the practice of art therapy, including practicing remotely.
2. Name and recognize at least 5 moral principles, boundary issues, cultural considerations, and personal values that affect art therapists when engaging in service delivery.
3. Learn and name federal, state, and inter-state legislation that rule and impact the practice of telehealth services, including the practice of art therapy.

Registration Information

Registration fees are $52 for AATA members and $82 for non-members.
Attendees receive 2 CE credits.

Mercedes Ballbé ter Maat


Dr. Mercedes Ballbé ter Maat is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Before joining NSU, she was the director of the school counseling graduate program at the George Washington University, Alexandria, VA campus and an assistant professor at Virginia Tech. She has over 33 years of combined working experience as a counselor educator, mental health counselor, school counselor, and art therapist.

Dr. ter Maat participates in local, state, national, and international leadership undertakings in the fields of mental health counseling, school counseling, and art therapy, and has presented and published articles and book chapters on topics related to multicultural counseling, ethics, motivational interviewing, and the use of art in counseling and therapy. She actively participates in humanitarian work, most recently in Peru, Argentina, Swaziland, and Lebanon. Her research interests are enhancing the quality of life of immigrants, minority families, and refugees in crisis by identifying risk and promoting protective factors through school and community-based interventions.

She is a past president of the American Art Therapy Association, the European Branch of the American Counseling Association, and the Croatian Art Therapy Association. Dr. ter Maat is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified/registered art therapist.


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