Levels of membership

When you join the Canadian Art Therapy Association Canadienne d’Art Thérapie (CATA-ACAT),

you will receive:

  • An electronic membership card
  • A tri-annual newsletter
  • The bi-annual CATA Journal
  • Reduced fees to CATA conferences and workshops.

Professional and Registered members will also have access to:

To make application to become a member, please follow the steps below to apply online. Once your application is complete and the required documentation for each particular level has been received and approved, you will be given notice that you are now a member and receive your membership card.

Membership Levels 

Professional Art Therapist Membership

$120.00 per year. For Art Therapists who have completed their professional post-graduate training and are active in the field. If applying for the first time, please mail/email documentation of graduation from an approved art therapy training program to complete your application.

Benefits are: Voting member, volunteer on the Board of Directors, liability insurance at a reduced group rate, listed on CATA-ACAT online directory called “Find an Art Therapist”, electronic membership card, tri-annual newsletter, bi-annual CATA-ACAT Academic Journal, reduced fees to CATA-ACAT conferences and workshops.

Registered Canadian Art Therapist Membership

$120.00 per year. A Registered Canadian Art Therapist can use RCAT as a post nominal designation. RCATs can supervise art therapy students and professionals. They have a designated registration number and abide by the CATA Standards of Practice. Registration with an accredited professional association is increasingly being requested for employment in health practice. Registration indicates you are a Professional Member in good standing, have received additional training in your profession, received clinical supervision (50 hours for 1000 client contact hours) beyond graduation, display involvement in the art therapy community and are experienced in working with a variety of clients in diverse settings. Please see Registration Requirements for application details.

Benefits are: Registered Art Therapist (RCAT) designation, supervises professional and student art therapists in CATA-ACAT accredited schools, provides art therapy consultation, voting members, volunteer on the Board of Directors, liability insurance at a reduced group rate, listed on CATA-ACAT online directory called “Find an Art Therapist” and “Find an Art Therapist Supervisor”, electronic registration membership card, tri-annual newsletter, bi-annual CATA-ACAT Academic Journal, reduced fees to CATA-ACAT conferences and workshops.

Student and Associate Student Membership

STUDENT – $30.00 per year. For students enrolled in a graduate art therapy program only. Please include the year in which you are currently enrolled and mail/email a copy of your student card to complete your application.

Benefits are: Electronic membership card, volunteer on committees and annual conference, tri-annual newsletter, bi-annual CATA Academic Journal, Reduced fees to CATA-ACAT conferences and workshops.

Associate Membership

$60.00 per year. For interested professionals in the fields of mental health, education and social services who wish to contribute to the use of Art Therapy. Must provide documentation of your professional status within a medical or mental health profession with your registration in order to be approved.

Benefits are: Electronic membership card, volunteer on the Board of Directors, tri-annual newsletter, bi-annual CATA Academic Journal, Reduced fees to CATA-ACAT conferences and workshops.

Membership Renewals

Click on View Profile and you will renew from there.  If you are having any difficulties doing this, please contact the administration at cata.office.manager@gmail.com.

Becoming a Registered Member

Applications are reviewed three times a year: Sep 30, Jan 31, and Apr 30.  All applications and documentation will now be scanned and sent in one email to the cataregistrar@gmail.com.  All verification forms from supporting professionals will now be completed and signed (but not sealed) so that the applicant can scan into the same email.  If you have any questions, please contact the CATA Registration Chair at cataregistrar@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION FAQ – 2015-04-03.pdf

CATA REGISTRATION APPLICATION – updated 2016-01-22.pdf

CATA REGISTRATION APPLICATION – updated 2016-01-22.doc

Lapsed Register Members

If you have previously been granted RCAT status with CATA, but have lapsed your membership for more than two years, you must complete a Re-Registration Application –RE-REGISTRATION APPLICATION INFORMATION – 2015-04-03.pdf.

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