More About CATA

The Canadian Art Therapy Association welcomes the recognition and participation of Art Therapists and individuals interested in the promotion and advancement of Art Therapy for healing and recovery of the individual in need.

Our Objectives

  • To encourage professional growth of Art Therapy, through the exchange and collaboration of Art Therapists, Art Therapy students and professionals in related fields
  • To promote and maintain national standards of training, practice and professional registration
  • To foster research and publications in Art Therapy
  • To increase awareness of Art Therapy as an important mental health discipline within the community services
  • Bi-annual publication of a journal and tri-annual publication of a newsletter
  • Organization of seminars and exhibits which provide on-going contact with the Art Therapy community as well as other mental health professionals
  • For Registered and Professional Members: professional liability insurance is available at a reasonable rate
  • Annual conference convened each Autumn


Introduced to this country in the forties and fifties by Dr. Martin A. Fisher, Selwyn and Irene Dewdney and Marie Revai, art therapy has now entered its second generation in Canada. By now art therapy has grown into a full-fledged profession with training institutes, individual practitioners, institutional connections and professional associations across the country.As art therapists we understand that the unconscious may be expressed through visual communication. As art therapists we provide the environment and the relationship for visual and verbal expression and the working through of personal suffering. We witness the uncovering of volatile material as well as normal expression of life’s complexities.We act as the guide for our client and their art. We wait for images and symbols to appear. We watch for affect, articulation and content. We are with our clients as the substance and meaning of the art shows up. And the clients use our attention to their art and creativity as part of their journey to their own healing.

From: The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal Vol. 16 #2, 2003, by Lois Woolf