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Constitution and By-Laws

Our 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. The BCATA provides professional registration for art therapists in British Columbia which entitles them to use BCATR after their name. The Association also upholds the BCATA Code of Ethics and encourages research with respect to art therapy. It is a registered non-profit society in B.C.


1. The name of the Society is British Columbia Art Therapy Association.

2. The purposes of the Society are:

a) to progressively develop the therapeutic use of art;
b) to advance research with respect to art therapy;
c) to improve standards of practice;
d) to develop criteria for training art therapists;
e) to provide vehicles for the exchange of information and experience;
f) to aim treatment most effectively toward rehabilitation and the improvement of human welfare;
g) to improve the effectiveness of those engaged in art therapy, through the means of meetings and seminars;
h) to encourage the development of professional training opportunities in art therapy and attract people to the field of art therapy;
i) to represent the interests of art therapists in the practice of their profession/occupation.

3. The Society shall be carried on without purpose of gain for its members and any profits or other accretions to the Society shall be used for promoting its objectives.

4. In the event that the Society should at any time be wound up or dissolved, the remaining assets after payment of all debts and liabilities shall be turned over to a recognized charitable organization in the Province or elsewhere in Canada as directed by the members.

5. Articles 3 and 4 are unalterable.

Click here to download the BCATA Bylaws as a pdf file.