BCATA Membership

Current BCATA Membership
May 2021 – April 2022

Craig Lee - Registered Art Therapist

Dear BCATA members,

Myself, as well as the board of the BCATA, wanted to reach out to you at this time and extend our concerns for you, your family, and your practice. We hope you are staying healthy during these times.

Recommendations for Practice

The BCATA is also wanting to share our beliefs around how to practice art therapy at this time, as I have had questions from our membership.

First, it is difficult to provide the level of care that we usually would due to the coronavirus, and additional precautions will be needed. This is not an exhaustive list but includes:

  • Hand hygiene – practicing hand hygiene before and after sessions, as well as providing an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for clients.
  • Wiping down of hard surfaces and art materials – the use of alcohol-based wipes (over 70% alcohol) has been shown to be effective in reducing the virus. This is especially important for our art materials, and they may need to be cleaned after each client. Consider limiting the use of art materials between clients.
  • Practicing physical distancing – maintaining up to a 2-meter distance from your client during sessions.

The second thing I wanted to address was telephone or video-based services. This has evolved over the last few weeks as being a way for other therapists to practice but does have limitations for art therapists. Although not ideal, it certainly is possible to hold a session over video as art could still be created on the client’s end.

We will not be making any endorsements for services to use, but some options are LiveCare or Zoom for Healthcare. We do recommend researching and getting additional training before bring this into your practice.

Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide if seeing clients at this time is feasible and making these changes will be necessary to keep ourselves and our clients safe. I recommend following the information from the BCCDC for more guidance – http://covid-19.bccdc.ca

We hope these changes provide some aid during these turbulent times. As art therapists, we are a creative lot, and we openly encourage any suggestions that you are using to meet your clients in a safe manner. You can directly share them with me at president@bcarttherapy.com.

Wishing the best to you and your practice,
Craig Lee
BCATA President

All BCATA Members:

  • Are welcome to attend the BCATA Annual General Meeting
  • Are entitled to reduced rates at BCATA Conference
  • Will receive the BCATA online monthly Announcements and Postings

Registered & Professional Members receive all of the above PLUS:

  • the right to vote and hold office,
  • 6-months free when creating a profile on PsychologyToday,
  • a great opportunity for networking,
  • professional development and CEC programming,
  • and a chance to get to know your art therapy community.

Professional Member (Adler, DVATI, DKATI)


Professional Membership is open to all art therapists who have completed post-graduate professional training in Art Therapy from an accredited school or institute of art therapy (eg. Adler, VATI, KATI, TATI, Concordia, etc).

Learn more about this level of membership and apply online.

Registered Member (BCATR, ATR, RCAT)

($115 + $50 non-refundable application processing fee)

Registered Members are Professional Art Therapists that have completed all pre-requisites and have been approved for registered status with the BCATA Registration Chair.  

Learn more about this level of membership and apply online.

Student Member


Open to all students currently studying art therapy at an accredited school or institution of art therapy (eg. Adler, VATI, KATI, etc.)

Learn more about this level of membership and apply online.

Associate Member


Open to volunteers or individuals who are not professional art therapists. Contact information will not be displayed in the BCATA Art Therapist Directory.

Learn more about this level of membership and apply online.

Retired Member


Retired membership shall be open to registered professional members or professional members who are art therapists who have retired from practicing art therapy but wish to retain membership. Profile will not be displayed in the membership directory.

Learn more about this level of membership and apply online.

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