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) - Open 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

Membership Comittee

Rosita Lui

Ethics Committee

Charlene McNabb (Committee Co-Chair)
Karen Nordin (Committee Co-Chair)
Linda Nicholas 
Erinne Andrews 
Amy Griffen

Member Volunteers

Social Media Volunteers

Ana Seara
Carrie Bradish
Bailey Oakes

French Language Volunteers

Melita Richardson
Pauline Beaubien-Dumont


Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practicioners (OAMHP)

OATA Representitives

Kim Bird
Ana Seara


Objectives of the Association

(a) To serve the people of the Province of Ontario by publishing standards for the practice of Art Therapy.

(b) To encourage and to assist Members of the Association to maintain and improve their knowledge, skill and proficiency in the practice of Art Therapy; and

(c) To take action on issues relevant to mental health and to the practice of Art Therapy throughout the Province of Ontario and to inform the citizens of Ontario about such issues; and

(d) To encourage research in mental health and Art Therapy practice and to facilitate research through the provision of resources; and

(e) To collect and preserve data and documents relating to mental health, the practice of Art Therapy, and the proceedings of the Association and to furnish this information to Members of the Association and members of the public by publication; and

(f) To encourage the progressive development of the profession of Art Therapy; and

(g) To promote the use of art in therapy in institutional and practice settings.


Constitution of the Ontario Art Therapy Association

Standards of Practice and Conduct



Code of Ethics 
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