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The Toronto Art Therapy Institute (TATI), established in 1968, was the first art therapy training program in Canada. We offer a Graduate Level Diploma in Art Therapy (DTATI) in two program formats (Onsite and Distance Learning).
Through a curriculum that includes a wide range of topics, we offer training for students to integrate art practices with theories and skills in psychotherapy with individuals, groups, adults, children, youth, older adults, couples, families, and diverse communities.
The TATI curriculum is delivered by art therapists, mental health practitioners and scholars with a diversity of experiences and outstanding contributions in their fields, as well as a shared commitment to ethical practices and social transformation in therapeutic arts-making. The program emphasizes arts-based collaboration and self-reflexivity in practice and research, grounded in critical reflection and application of theories. Students and the teaching team (instructors, supervisors, research advisors) actively co-create supportive learning environments both in the classroom and in the field, engaging in knowledge production and capacity-building that foster professional advancement, personal growth, as well as contribution to community well-being.
The TATI Graduate Level Diploma in Art Therapy Programs are recognized by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) for both the academic and clinical experience (practicum) components. Completion of the TATI program meets the education requirement for registering with the CRPO. Please see here for further information on CRPO application and registration requirements.
TATI is also an approved training program by the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA). Students may join CATA for student membership. Graduates from TATI may apply for professional membership. With the completion of additional requirements, professional members may also apply to become registered members of CATA. For more information about CATA membership types please see the association’s website.
THE TORONTO ART THERAPY INSTITUTE SUPPORTS BLACK LIVES MATTER AND ALL BLACK, INDIGENOUS, AND RACIALIZED PEOPLES AS WE SEEK TO WORK AGAINST AND END RACISM IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
Online information sessions are held before each admissions period and are hosted by TATI instructors, practicum staff, and administrators to share information about art therapy, the TATI program, and application process, and to answer questions.
Sign up here to be notified when registration opens for the next info session, which will be held in May 2024 ahead of the January 2025 program admissions period.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes creative expression as way to heal from trauma and support mental health
Art therapy provides an opportunity to explore personal problems, conflicts, and facilitate self awareness and understanding
Art therapy encourages the expression of emotions through a variety of artistic activities
TATI grads work all over Canada and the World. Here are just some places that TATI grads are working in Toronto:
Thanks so much for everything… I am currently making a living as an art therapist at 6 different worksites (including groups and individual sessions with people with addictions, brain-injured clients, survivors of domestic violence, children and teens who have witnessed domestic violence, and people with severe mental illness) and I am always looking to expand my practice — I am currently proposing seniors groups at the various local retirement homes. I’m working in Lindsay, Sutton, Port Perry and Port Hope.
I cannot tell you what a difference my time at TATI has made in my life, and how grateful I am to you, and to all my instructors and supervisors.
I am so proud to say that I am an art therapist.
In 2013 The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General awarded me a Victim Services Award of Distinction for textile art project with survivors of domestic violence in Kawartha Lakes.