History and Development

The inspiration for the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA) came from graduates of ISIS Canada (now named the CREATE Institute), the Creative Integrative Arts Therapy Training Program which was founded in 1991.

The OEATA executive committee was set up by a handful of Expressive Arts Therapists (EXAT) in the spring of 2009 to set about the work of launching a professional association in response to the Ontario Psychotherapy Act, 2007.  A professional association is essential to having a voice at the table of the new Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists. On October 4, 2010 OEATA became an official not-for-profit professional association.

With the increasing number of EXAT graduates working in a broad range of health care, community and private practice settings, it is important to have a professional association to represent EXAT interests while maintaining professional ethics and standards of practice to safeguard the public. In the spring of 2011, OEATA began drafting its governance by-laws, scope and standards of practice and code of ethics.

With our efforts continuing, OEATA is sailing ahead as a unified voice to represent our profession and is the place to learn about EXAT, educational opportunities, research, publications, advocacy and more. We welcome you to join us as we continue the journey together.

Board of Directors 2016

President – Terri Roberton
Vice President – Carol Barrett
Treasurer – Shara Claire
Secretary – Anthony Bergamin
Members at Large – Norma Araiza

Member at Large (appointee) – Margo Charlton

Member at Large (appointee) – Tristan Whiston

Immediate Past President (ex offico) – Melanie Nesbitt