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. I will be providing an update regarding membership renewals and recommendations for practice.

Membership Renewals

To support you and your practice at this time, we are doing two actions to help. First, we will be extending our deadline for renewals by an additional two months, and will now run until July. Second, we will waive any late fees for members who are re-registering for the 2020 membership year. It is our hope that these additional measures can provide some ease with the rapid changes with our profession at this time. More information regarding membership renewals will be disseminated in the following days, and questions can be directed to the Membership Chair (

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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) have 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 ourself and our clients safe. I recommend following the information from the BCCDC for more guidance –

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 with me at

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

BCATA Mission

The British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCATA) was founded in 1978 to foster the professional development of Art Therapy in British Columbia. The Association acts as a provincial voice governing the standards and practice of the profession and its practitioners.

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy combines visual art and psychotherapy in a creative process using the created image as a foundation for self-exploration and under-standing. Learn more

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Art Therapy requires specialized academic and professional training at post-graduate level. Art therapists are encouraged to register with the BCATA. Choose a Membership Level

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