About The OATA

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The Ontario Art Therapy Association, founded in 1978, is a government chartered non-profit organization. Its mission is to serve its members and the public by establishing standards of Art Therapy education, professional competence and ethical practice. The Association is governed and directed by nine elected Board Members. Members of the OATA are governed and regulated by a Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and a Constitution. The Association is mandated to provide for the development, the promotion and the maintenance of the profession of Art Therapy in Ontario. In addition, the OATA grants Registered status to Professional members upon successful conclusion of a rigorous process, which includes the documentation of education, and post-graduate supervised experience.

Board of Directors 2017 - 2019

President / Président
- Marillyn Saffery

Vice President / Vice-Président - Joanne Humphrey

Registration Chair / Chaise d'Enregistrement - Rapinder Kaur

Membership Chair / Chaise d'Adésion - Sarah Greenall

Public Relations / Relations Publiques - Open

Education Chair / Chaise d'éducation - Jennifer Page

Communications Chair / Chaise d'Communication - Open

Secretary / Secrétaire - Vanessa De Groot 

Treasurer / Trésorier - Beverly Doxtator

Ethics Committee 2015-2016

Ethics Committee Co-Chairs / Comité d'éthique Co-Chaise 

Charlene McNabb - 
Karen Nordin

Committee Members

Linda Nicholas -
Barb Dorrington -
Erinne Andrews -
Amy Griffen -

Goals of the OATA

To offer a forum for all persons interested in Art Therapy.

To maintain provincial criteria for the training of Art Therapists.

To develop and maintain high standards for the registration of Art Therapists as well as the practice of Art Therapy.

To provide opportunities for continuing professional development.

To foster opportunities for Art Therapists by stimulating community interest and awareness.

To encourage ongoing ethical Art Therapy scholarship, research, and practice.

To foster the global exchange of information among international, national, and provincial bodies.


Constitution of the Ontario Art Therapy Association

Standards of Practice and Conduct


Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics for the Ontario Art Therapy Association can be downloaded and viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0. If you don't already have Acrobat 4.0, the free download is available at Be sure to bookmark this page so that you can return easily after installing Acrobat.