Creative Arts Therapies

While the fields of arts & health and the many types of creative arts therapies are distinct, they are closely related and have the potential for very powerful partnerships. Art therapists, music therapists, drama therapists and dance therapists currently provide clinical services for many people in hospitals, as well as various types of care homes and community agencies. Creative arts therapists also work in private practice with people from across the lifespan. The purpose of this section is to highlight these related disciplines and provide easy access to more information about them.

Canadian National Associations

Canadian Art Therapy Association
The CATA was founded in 1977 as a non-profit organization to promote the profession of Art Therapy in Canada.

Canadian Music Therapy Association
The CAMT is the national body promoting music therapy and supporting, advocating and accrediting music therapists in Canada. 

Provincial Associations

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. 

Association Des Art-Therapeutes Du Quebec, Inc. 
Founded in 1981, the Association is a bilingual organization, promoting the development and ethical practice of Art Therapy. and 

British Columbia Art Therapy Association
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.

Ontario Art Therapy Association
The OATA, founded in 1978, is a government chartered non-profit organization whose mission is to serve its members and the public by establishing standards of Art Therapy education, professional competence and ethical practice.

Dance / Movement Therapy

Dance / Movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of individuals.

Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada (DMTAC)

DMTAC is a new organization created in 2011 that promotes Dance / Movement Therapy (DMT) across Canada, aims to establish and work on developing a cohesive community of DMT professionals, students and supporters from all provinces, and works on establishing a professional DMT training in Canada.

Drama Therapy

Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and / or theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals.  This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis. Through drama, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced.

The North American Drama Therapy Association has a Canadian Chapter that supports drama therapists, students and interested professionals throughout Canada

Music Therapy

"Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development."

Association québécoise de musicothérapie
L'AQM est une organisation professionnelle sans but lucratif regroupant des musicothérapeutes, des internes en musicothérapie ainsi que des étudiants ou toute personne et organisme intéressés par la musicothérapie.

Atlantic Association for Music Therapy
The AAMT is a professional association established in 2001 as a regional branch of the CAMT.  It serves as a forum for its members by providing information and guidance as well as exchanges of professional experience concerning music therapy.

Music Therapy Association of Alberta
Bringing to the forefront the healing aspects of music, the relationship and importance of Music Therapists in the multidisciplinary team and reaching out to other music therapists to give them the best resources.

Music Therapy Association of BC 
The MTABC is a provincially incorporated non-profit professional association whose mandate is to promote excellence in and increase awareness of, music therapy practice, education and development in British Columbia. 

Music Therapy Association of Manitoba (no website)

Music Therapy Association of Ontario 
The MTAO aims to protect the status of the profession, promote ethical practice, share information and uphold the professional and educational standards of Music Therapy in Ontario.

Music Therapy Association of Saskatchewan
We are a small but strong community of music therapists working throughout the province in a variety of settings with a variety of clients from infants to long-term care, dedicated to raising the profile of music therapy in Saskatchewan.

Expressive Arts Therapy

The expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. Using an inter-modal and multi-modal approach within psychology, organizational development, community arts and education, expressive arts therapy integrates the arts processes, allowing one to flow into another. Through this process access is gained to inner resources for healing, clarity, illumination and creativity.

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

Vancouver Expressive Arts

European Graduate School