About The OATA

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 president@oata.ca

Vice President (Vice-Président) - Joanne Humphrey

Registration Chair (Chaise d'Enregistrement) - Rapinder Kaur registration@oata.ca

Membership Chair  (Chaise d'Adésion) - Sarah Greenall membership@oata.ca

Public Relations (Relations Publiques) - publicrelations@oata.ca

Education Chair (Chaise d'éducation) - Jennifer Page education@oata.ca

Communications Chair (Chaise d'Communication) - Open communications@oata.ca

Secretary (Secrétaire) - Vanessa De Groot

Treasurer (Trésorier) - Open

Ethics Committee

Ethics Committee Co-Chairs (Comité d'éthique Co-Chaise)
Charlene McNabb - charlene.mcnabb@gmail.com
Karen Nordin -knordin@odyssey.on.ca

Committee Members

Linda Nicholas - linda.q.nicholas@gmail.com
Erinne Andrews - errinneandrews@yahoo.com
Amy Griffen

Member Volunteers

Social Media Volunteers

Ana Seara
Carrie Bradish
Bailey Oakes

French Language Volunteers

Melita Richardson
Pauline Beaubien-Dumont

Membership Volunteers

Rosita Lui

Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practicioners

OATA Representitives

Kim Bird
Ana Seara


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 
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