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Thank you for your interest in joining the American Art Therapy Association (AATA)! Your membership allows AATA to advocate on your behalf the important issues impacting our profession including state licensure and insurance requirements.

Best of all, AATA membership provides you with the important research, tools, and connections you need to succeed in the field, including the prestigious Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.  See below for an overview of the benefits of membership.

We are pleased to announce that AATA memberships are now available in two payment formats. The “Single Payment Option” allows you to pay your dues in full at the beginning of your membership year.

The “Installment Option” allows you to pay twelve equal installments over the course of your membership year. This option includes an administrative fee of 5% which equals less than 73 cents per month.

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You can also submit your membership form and payment via mail, with an additional $5.00 processing fee. Click here to download the application form.

Why Join?

As the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the art therapy profession, the AATA provides our members with the latest information, resources, and meaningful networking opportunities. The association advocates for the furtherance of the profession and connects members to the important work of art therapists around the world. We invite you to become a part of our dynamic and growing group of students, professionals, and patrons.

Just a few of the benefits of AATA membership include:

  • Making a difference to the future of art therapy: AATA’s active Governmental Affairs Committee, supported by the National Office team and our Public Policy Advisor, advocates for the profession on behalf of our members and the clients whom they serve. Our Advocacy Center, exclusive to members, provides the latest information on public policy related to art therapy on the federal and state levels.
  • Networking opportunities: Our Annual Conference is the premier event connecting art therapists with colleagues from across the nation and around the world. Members receive discounts on conference attendance so plan to join us in November for the 2017 Annual Conference held in Albuquerque, NM!
  • Continuing Education opportunities: Our ever-expanding online Institute for Continuing Education in Art Therapy (ICE/AT) puts relevant courses at your fingertips, enabling you to develop competencies and keep abreast of new trends in the field while qualifying for continuing education credits (CECs). Members receive a significant discount.
  • Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association: The most prestigious publication in the field showcasing leading research, practice-based articles, and more is fully accessible to you as a member.


There is tremendous positive activity, energy, and momentum in our Association’s community.  The AATA is rooted in the experience of those who pioneered art therapy over 50 years ago and we honor their legacy through our commitment to the furtherance of the profession. We hope that you join us in this endeavor.

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