Welcome to 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.

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Membership to the OATA

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.

Active membership in the OATA offers the support of a regulating body, strengthens the credibility of our profession, and provides opportunities for networking and growth.  As well, it is projected that by the summer of 2012, the new College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists regulating the practice of psychotherapy will be opening its doors to registrants. The OATA is actively involved in this regulatory process to protect the interests of its members. Belonging to the OATA is an important first step towards the process of becoming a member of this college.

As an OATA member, you will receive:

• TAPESTRY, the newsletter of the OATA
• Conference fee discounts
• Professional Insurance Coverage Option
• Yearly Directory of Current Members
• Optional Listing in Membership Directory - now online and available to public

For more information about OATA membership please click here