The Canadian Art Therapy Association or Association Canadienne d’Art Thérapie (CATA-ACAT) was founded in 1977 to unite and promote the emerging profession of art therapy in Canada.
On November 24, 1981, CATA became an incorporated non-profit organization with Industry Canada (formerly known as Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada). Since that time, CATA has flourished across Canada and works in cooperation with other provincial art therapy associations to promote education and understanding of the value of art therapy, as well as provide ongoing education and professional standards for this field.
Our mission is to bring together art therapists to network and connect members, host a national convention in a different region of Canada annually, support the creation of provincial chapters, and sponsor regional events and workshops.
CATA-ACAT also works tirelessly to raise professional standards in the interest of public safety and trust by upholding ethical standards for professional accreditation and designation for art therapists, encouraging educational standards, publishing a tri-annual newsletter and bi annual academic journal, supporting and encouraging scientific and arts based research, and providing education and awareness of art therapy to Canadians.
Vision & Mission
We are the Canadian voice of Art Therapy. We bring together art therapists to raise standards and advance the profession.