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Arts therapies training is based on two pillars: artistic competence on the one hand and therapeutic competence on the other. The training often takes the form of a postgraduate course at a university or a qualification at a private institution at the level of a master’s degree, i.e. a previous artistic, educational / psychological or similar degree is a prerequisite. These studies can take place as a two-year full-time course or part-time over a period of several years. However, there are also mostly 4-year full-time courses that end with a Bachelor's degree, in which both competencies can be acquired in parallel. The ALAtD has aligned itself with the standards specified by the EFAT for the recognition of the profession of art therapy. (Please refer to the  Criteria for membership in the ALAtD as an active member)


As a personal requirement you should bring:  

  • emotional stability 

  • an artistic education or experience in the medium of choice 

  • Interest in people and their expression 

  • Ability to empathize (empathy) with simultaneous distancing ability 

  • Openness and the ability to reflect 

  • Willingness to take a critical look at yourself  

What you should know about the current professional situation:  


The profession of art therapist is currently not well known in Luxembourg or where it has yet to be fully recognised or protected by state. Therefore, health insurance companies do not cover the costs of outpatient treatment. This means you are not  guaranteed to be paid according to your level of study if you are employed in an institution. Finding a job requires a lot of commitment and dedication.

Warning notice about " Laboratoire de recherche en Psychologie Clinique, Psychologie de la Santé et Art-thérapie (PCSA)"


Official statement of the Hôpitaux Robert Schuman and the ALAtD

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