(Self Study, 1.0 CEs) Art Therapy & Ethics: Finding Ground in the Gray

This course is worth 1.0 continuing education contact hour for LCATs in New York state.


This course will explore an ethical-decision making model specific to the practice of art therapy based on the existing ethical literature in the field of art therapy. It will apply this model to a variety of case studies to better grasp application of this model to ethical challenges.


    • Participants will be able to articulate an understanding of teleological and deontological ethical systems of thought.

    • Participants will explore ethical issues that include the following: moral and legal standards, public statements, confidentiality; client/patient welfare; professional relations; use of client artwork; ownership of client art; art therapy responsibility and competence.

Course Curriculum

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"I found it helpful that we could ask questions as the presentation went on, rather than waiting towards the end. It was also helpful to address different ethical scenarios that aren't so black and white. The instructor gave solid examples of how to work through those grey areas."

- Denise Hartom

"The instructor gave concrete examples of ethical situations you may find yourself in, including personal ones, which was a helpful way to open things up."

- Dawn Campbell

"Breaking down the ethical dilemma from the instructor's experience was helpful for me. I can see how some situations can be very unsettling and difficult to process, creating a dilemma. The discussion with the instructor and other viewing members was also helpful."

- Gabrielle Fischer

Your Instructor

Melissa Kate McIntosh, Ph.D., LCAT, ATR-BC
Melissa Kate McIntosh, Ph.D., LCAT, ATR-BC

Dr. McIntosh has a NYC based private practice and is an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus College. She studied art therapy at Pratt Institute and clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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Briana MacWilliam, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists; #CAT-0014, and is also an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors; #MHC-0224.

PLEASE NOTE: While some subject areas overlap in education, a course that includes art therapy directives does not qualify a counselor to practice art therapy, and similarly an art therapist is not qualified to practice as a counselor, without proper licensing. This is a completely self-directed course. Your continuing education contact hours will be attributed on the date that you submit the webform for your certificate of completion.