Art Therapy Organizations
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Art Therapy and Related Organizations
Here is a growing list of art therapy and related organizations and guilds around the world. If your country has an organization you want to have listed here, please use the Contact form and send us the following information: 1) a 150-200 word description of your organization; 2) the URL for your website. Because website URLs change so frequently, some of the links on this page may be incorrect– so let us know if you have updated information on these organizations!
Art Therapy Without Borders (ATWB—that’s us!) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit incorporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and networking purposes to promote, develop, and support international art therapy initiatives and the work of art therapists worldwide.
Friends of the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ACATA) is an open group for anyone interested in the arts in health and well-being. Participants are invited to share information, discuss pressing topics and to network with others. Friends of ACATA hopes to strengthen the connections between the arts, health, community and education in Australia.
Global Alliance for the Arts and Health [formerly the Society for the Arts in Healthcare] is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to advancing arts as integral to healthcare by demonstrating the valuable roles the arts can play in enhancing the healing process; advocating for the integration of the arts into the environment and delivery of care within healthcare facilities; assisting in the professional development and management of arts programming for healthcare populations; providing resources and education to healthcare and arts professionals; and encouraging and supporting research and investigation into the beneficial effects of the arts in healthcare.
International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) supports artists, educators, consultants and therapists using multi-modal expressive arts processes for personal and community transformation. They provide a global forum for dialogue, promote guiding principles for professional practice, and work to increase recognition and use of expressive arts as a powerful tool for psychological, physical and spiritual wellness.
International Association for Art, Creativity and Therapy (IAACT) promotes cooperation between artists, doctors, art-therapists, psychotherapists and other persons involved in therapeutic professions, especially those connected with rehabilitation, preventative medicine and health education.
International Society for the Psychopathology of Expression & Art Therapy (SIPE) maintains connections between the various specialists interested in the relationships between expression, creation and art and current national and international research in the field of psychiatry and art-therapy, psychoanalysis, psychology and sociology.
American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is a US organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that making art is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy.
Association of Art Therapists of Québec (AATQ) is one of several professional associations for art therapists in Canada. It is a bilingual organization, distributing information and services in both French and English.
Ontario Art Therapy Association (OATA) provides development, promotion and maintenance of art therapy in the Province of Ontario Canada.
British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCAT) encourages the professional development of art therapy in British Columbia Canada. The Association acts as a provincial voice governing the standards and practice of the profession and its practitioners.
Australian and New Zealand National Art Therapy Association (ANZATA) encourages professional development through establishing standards for Art Therapy training, registration and clinical practice. ANZATA also offers support to Art Therapy professionals and others interested in this field, by providing information on research, employment, standards, education and publications.
Brazilian Union of Art Therapy Associations (UBAAT) ensures the quality of practice and teaching of Art Therapy in Brazil. The following are regional groups in Brazil: Bahian Art Therapy Association, Brazil Central Association of Art Therapy (ABCA), Art Therapy Association of Rio de Janeiro, Mining Association of Art Therapy, Art Therapy Association of Espirito Santo, Art Therapy Association of Rio Grande do Sul, Sulbrasileiro Association of Art Therapy, Art Therapy Association of the State of São Paulo.
British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) is the professional organization for art therapists in the United Kingdom. Comprising of 20 regional groups, a European and an international section, it maintains a comprehensive directory of qualified art therapists and works to promote art therapy in the UK.
Northern Ireland Group for Art as Therapy (NIGAT) promotes the use of Art Therapy and Art as Therapy in the community and institutional settings. It provides a unique focus for art, music and drama therapists, artists and those working in health & social services, education and voluntary agencies.
The Swedish National Association for Art Therapists (SBRT) is a non-profit organization for Art Therapists to further develop Art Therapy as a profession, and to maintain a high standard of quality and ethics within the field.
The Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists (HKAAT) is based upon the belief of the healing power of art in therapy, The Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists was established in 2002 to promote and enhance the continued development of art therapy practice, guided by ethical and professional standards.
Korean Academy of Clinical Art Therapy (KACAT) includes not only art therapists, but also western medical doctors, traditional medical doctors, dentist, psychologists and counselors. The association holds academic conferences twice a year, each in spring and autumn, and a regular annual art therapy exhibition.
The African Consortium of Art Therapy (ACAT) promotes research into the advancement of art therapy and African spiritual healing methods and their applications.