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What is Art Therapy

Art Therapy employs art and other creative modalities to support an individual’s goals with in a therapeutic relationship. Art Therapists endorse the idea that the process of making art is inherently therapeutic and takes into consideration thoughts, feelings, behaviours and spirituality within the counselling process. Art Therapy can be used to explore issues of relationships, family, loss, life transitions, abuse, and development.

Find an art therapist

Review the licensed art therapists in Ontario for diverse populations and needs. Organized by geographical regions and areas of specialization.

Membership

Membership with the OATA is of interest to Art Therapists in practice, Art Therapy trainees and professionals in related fields; all of whom have an interest in maintaining high standards in Art Therapy and in receiving current information related to the field of Art Therapy.

What is OATA?

The Ontario Art Therapy Association was founded in 1978. The Association is mandated to provide for the development, the promotion and the maintenance of the profession of Art Therapy in Ontario.

Its mission is to serve its members and the public by establishing standards of Art Therapy education, professional competence and ethical practice. Members of the OATA are governed and regulated by a Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and a Constitution.

Goals

  • To encourage ongoing ethical Art Therapy practice, research and scholarship
  • To develop and maintain high standards for the registration of Art Therapists
  • To provide opportunities for continuing professional development.
  • To maintain provincial criteria for the training of Art Therapists
  • To advocate for Art Therapy practice
  • To foster the global exchange of information about the benefits of Art Therapy
  • To offer a forum for all persons interested in Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy employs art and other creative modalities to support an individual’s goals with in a therapeutic relationship. Art Therapists endorse the idea that the process of making art is inherently therapeutic and takes into consideration thoughts, feelings, behaviours and spirituality within the counselling process. Art Therapy can be used to explore issues of relationships, family, loss, life transitions, abuse, and development.

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Become a member

Membership with the OATA is of interest to Art Therapists in practice, Art Therapy trainees and professionals in related fields; all of whom have an interest in maintaining high standards in Art Therapy and in receiving current information related to the field of Art Therapy.