As a graduate of an Ontario Art Therapy program do I automatically get information about OATA membership, and how to eventually become a Registered Art Therapist?
Not necessarily. The OATA is not directly affiliated with the University training programs, although every effort is made in keeping the students informed of their options and professional responsibilities.
First and second year students are given a free membership in the OATA, and students in any following year pay $40.00 per year. This is an important link for students to become familiar with the profession, and a source for networking and communication. However, as student addresses frequently change, it may be difficult to maintain contact unless the student takes the initiative.
Efforts are also made through the course curriculum to bring information to the students on professional standards, and to stress the importance of being affiliated with a professional association when working as an art therapist. It is then up to the graduate to make decisions about what process they wish to take. They must take the initiative to obtain the necessary information on becoming a Graduate / Professional / and (ultimately) Registered member of the Association.