Frequently Asked Questions
You can apply quickly and easily to become a member of the AATQ by scrolling down to the Membership Application in the above menu (AATQ/Become a member) and clicking on the membership level for which you are applying and then filling out the online form. An email will be sent to you with all the required degrees and documents needed to complete your application.
Application forms may also be downloaded from our website. Please note that if you are a new professional art therapist (hold a master’s degree in art therapy) there is a special application form for Professional members (PDF).
Note that you can pay online through PayPal or you can send your payment by check with your form. Different levels of payment and member categories are listed below in the yearly membership costs section.
New members can apply at any time throughout the year. Please note that if your professional or allied membership application is made after June 30th, then the fee is reduced by 50%
Yes. If the program you completed complies with the AATQ educational standards. For example, the American Art Therapy Association maintains a list of approved schools which the AATQ presently recognizes as complying with its own educational standards. In certain cases an evaluation of credentials by the AATQ Educational Equivalency Committee may be necessary. This committee meets three times a year in January, May and September.
Membership categories are as follows:
Professional members $120.00
Professional members are art therapists who have a master’s degree in art therapy from a university recognized by the AATQ (please refer to the professional members directory on our website under the heading 'Find an art therapist'). In addition, some art therapists who have studied in non-master’s level art therapy programs may also be eligible for Professional membership status if they satisfy the educational equivalency standards. Consult the AATQ training standards guidelines for more information. Evaluation of these files are carried out in January, May and September.
Allied Professional members $120.00
These are members who have a master’s degree in a creative arts therapy modality such as drama therapists, music therapists, and dance/movement therapists.
Student members $50.00
Students enrolled in a graduate art therapy program (or the equivalent). IMPORTANT: It is necessary if you apply online or by mail to send us a proof of your registration in a Master's level art therapy program in order to be accepted as a student member of the AATQ. You can send it by mail or by scanning and emailing it.
Membership fees are paid yearly. Fees must be submitted, in full, with new membership applications or yearly membership renewals.
There are four kinds of affiliate memberships:
The AATQ offers its members comprehensive liability insurance at reasonable rates. Further information concerning this may be obtained by contacting the Chair, Professional Liability Insurance, AATQ
Professional members Directory
Twice a year, the AATQ compiles “The Communiqué” which offers a wide variety of interesting articles, news about the art therapy community and much more. Members find this publication inspiring and an invaluable way to keep abreast of professional development.The Forums
The forums are a productive and convenient way to stay in touch with the art therapy community. In addition to serving as an electronic forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge about art therapy, it will help keep you apprised of important news and professional opportunities in the field. More specialized forums, such as the student forum or the psychotherapy permit forum allows a more concentrated discussion for sub groups in the AATQ.
The defence of the interests of the profession before government bodies or other instances.
All renewal applications can be submitted online by going to your profile and following instructions about updating information and payment options.
The renewal forms can also be downloaded from this website and mailed with your check.
Yes, your receipt will automatically be emailed to you along with your membership confirmation and your 'virtual' membership card.
Please direct other membership questions to the Chair, Membership Committee, AATQ.