[gatamembers] Re: hello, I'm a new GATA member

  • From: Tristan Buono <trbuono@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "gatamembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <gatamembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:35:48 -0400

Hello, my name is Tristan Buono and I am an art therapist and child life 
specialist currently living and working in New York City. I am moving to 
Atlanta, GA this fall with my fiancé who is being relocated to Atlanta for 
work. I have recently joined GATA and I am looking forward to participating in 
GATA events once I move to Atlanta. 

I would be happy to speak to any GATA members about how to go about looking for 
employment opportunities for art therapists in the Atlanta area. If anyone has 
any suggestions or can point me in the right direction it would be much 
appreciated.  I graduated with my MPS in Art Therapy from the School of Visual 
Arts in New York in 2010. After graduation I did an intensive summer internship 
in child life at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey and became 
a certified child life specialist. Since 2010 I have been working at the NYU 
Hospital for Joint Diseases with pediatric inpatients and outpatients as a 
child life specialist and art therapist.  This past month I completed my client 
contact and supervision hours for my ATR and sent in my ATR paperwork for 
processing to the Art Therapy Credential Board. I should have my ATR by the 
time I move to Atlanta. If you'd like to learn more about my professional 
background please feel free to look at my Linkedin profile at: 
https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=31864716&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic
I also have some questions about GA licensure for art therapists. It seems that 
many art therapists in your area have an LPC. Having a masters degree that was 
strictly from an art therapy program, not an art therapy and counseling 
program, is it possible to obtain the LPC licensure? I tried contacting the GA 
LPC board to ask them about my specific educational requirements but was told 
that I need to apply for the license before the board could tell me if I 
qualify and meet the educational requirements.  Does anyone have experience 
with this? If yes, do you know if an art therapist would apply for the LPC 
under the master's or master's specialist category? My other questions is, is 
it possible to take additional courses to qualify for the LPC license and if 
yes does anyone have a recommendation on where to complete extra graduate level 
courses?
Thanks so much in advance for any guidance anyone could provide to me.  I look 
forward to being apart of the GATA community once I move to Atlanta.
All the best, 
Tristan Buonotrbuono@xxxxxxxxxxx                                                
                                  

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