By-laws & policies

Policy Documents

Organizational ByLaws
Board of Directors Application
Complaint Form
Standards of Practice
Social Media Policy & Guidelines
Administrative Fee Schedule and Policy

Policy Information

1- Ethics Complaint Mechanism

In order to file a complaint, you must first verify that the art therapist you wish to file a complaint against is a member of CATA-ACAT or one of its chapters. The Canadian Art Therapy Association is a voluntary membership organization and as such does not have any jurisdiction over individuals who are not members of our organization. Therefore we cannot process complaints against nonmembers or general members of the public. If however, you feel someone is representing themselves as an art therapist without proper credentials or is practicing with expired membership – please inform the membership chair in addition to filling the complaints form. This will help CATA-ACAT determine when the art therapist was a member in good standing and what measures to take to ensure compliance under the appropriate Act(s) and health regulations. Please be prepared to provide the art therapist’s name, city and jurisdiction of practice at minimum.

Lastly, please be sure to sign the form and submit it to the Ethics chair. Your completed ethics form can not be processed without your signature. If the releases are not signed or you have omitted other required information, we will not be able to process the complaint form and will need to return it to you for completion. 

Please note that CATA-ACAT does not accept anonymous complaints. However, we do safeguard the confidentiality and integrity of the complainant and the entire complaints process.

2- Organizational By-laws

Canadian Art Therapy Association/Association Canadienne d’Art Thérapie is incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act). CATA-ACAT, is a NFP corporations and provide services without making any profit. As a NFP, we are dedicated to activities that improve and benefit the art therapy community. Under federal legislation, CATA-ACAT is able to generate revenue and is limited to expenditures that are further invested within CATA-ACAT to further its vision and mission. To view the most up to date organizational by-laws, please click the pdf link below.

3- Board Application File

Thank you for taking an interest in serving as a Board Member for the Canadian Art Therapy Association. The following are things you can do to get started:

1) Complete the Director Application form.

2) Obtain two written letters of reference or a nomination from a CATA-ACAT member in good standing.

Board applications are welcome at any time throughout the year and we will do our best to get you involved in your area of interest as soon as possible. The election of Directors takes place at the organization’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is usually held in Fall of each year. However, should there be a vacancy during the year, the Board can appoint individuals as officers to make up the full representation for the remainder of the year. It should be noted that individuals will be required to complete the appropriate screening process applicable to the Board position.

Please forward your completed Board application form and letters of reference or an intent to be nominated to the attention of the Chair of the Governance Committee at: or mail your application PO BOX 658, Stn Main Parksville, BC V9P 2G7 

4- Standards Of Practice

The Standards of Practice (SoP) for the Art Therapy profession provide a framework of principles that describes the knowledge, skills, and values inherent in Canada’s art therapy profession. These standards articulate the goals and aspirations of the collective profession. These standards convey a vision of professionalism that guides the daily practices of members of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

CATA-ACAT members are to strive to be current in their professional knowledge and recognize its relationship to practice. They understand and reflect on student development, learning theory, pedagogy, curriculum, ethics, educational research and related policies and legislation to inform professional judgment in practice.

CATA-ACAT members are to apply professional knowledge and experience to promote learning. They use appropriate pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, resources and technology in planning for and responding to the needs of individual clients. All members are to continuously refine their professional practice through ongoing inquiry, dialogue and reflection.

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