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The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) is the professional organisation for art therapists in the United Kingdom and has its own Code of Ethics of Professional Practice. Comprising of 20 regional groups, a European and an international section, it maintains a comprehensive directory of qualified art therapists and works to promote art therapy in the UK.

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BAAT was formed in 1964 out of a group of artists and therapists who realised that in order for Art Therapy to develop, and for its value to be more widely appreciated, it was necessary to have a central organisation to which the general public and employing authorities could refer.

BAAT has concentrated its efforts on:

    • negotiating for members on questions of salary and conditions of employment
    • suggesting criteria for training courses and standards of professional practice
    • acting as a forum for ideas and promoting innovations in Art Therapy
    • organising conferences
    • publishing journals and newsletters and running a book service
    • publishing a bibliography
    • answering questions from the general public, official bodies, the press
    • amassing a growing body of research

In 1977 BAAT became a Company Limited by Guarantee, which means that it is a non-profit making organisation.

BAAT Council

The Council is an elected body consisting of four officers - Chair, Vice Chair, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary - who serve for two years. In addition, there are eight Council members who are elected annually. Those elected to the Council carry out various duties, including the Membership Secretary, Chairing sub groups of BAAT, being the profession's representative to professional bodies, and the Regional Group organisers. Council members.


The categories and conditions of Membership are as follows:


    Currently the Articles quote: "A Full member (as herein after defined) who has been a practicing Art Therapist for seven consecutive years and submitted a thesis (one copy to be retained by the Association) approved by the Council shall be eligible to apply to the Council to become a Fellow of the Association." The Association will retain a copy of the thesis when Fellowship is granted. An application form may be obtained from the Association and a fee levied at the discretion of the Council for office processing.

    Honorary Member

    To become an Honorary Member the Articles state: "Any person who has rendered some significant service in furthering one or all of the objectives of the Association shall be eligible to be appointed an Honorary Member of the Association by the Council." This award is only given at the discretion of the Council.

    Full Member

    To become a Full member the applicant normally holds a recognised Post Graduate qualification in Art Therapy. (more details)

    Associate or Corporate Member

    Any persons or corporate body interested in furthering the objectives of the Association are eligible to apply to the Council to become  Associate or Corporate Members of the association.

    Trainee Members

    Any person undergoing recognised Post Graduate full-time or pert-time Art Therapy training may apply to become a Student Member.

Please click here for details of membership benefits, fees and application forms.

Trade Union Membership

At an extraordinary General Meeting of BAAT in November 1976 the Membership voted unanimously for the motion that "All Full Members of BAAT who are currently working as an Art Therapist should be members of a recognised trade union".

Unite the Union logoPrior to this BAAT had been a Central Association of the National Union of Teachers, but it had become increasingly apparent, as Art Therapists formed a clear professional identity, that their needs could not be met by a union who had no representation within the National Health Service.

On ceasing to be a Central Association of the National Union of Teachers, BAAT became a non-profit making Limited Company and as such had no negotiating rights with employing authorities and no likelihood of gaining such rights, being a small specialist group. As Art Therapists work in a wide variety of institutions there is no one union that could effectively represent us all. Despite this, for any union to be effective it has to represent the majority of working Art Therapists. For this reason (as well as the fact that Art Therapists benefit from the legal cover offered), we recommend that Art Therapists join Unite.

The Directory of Art Therapists

The Directory of Art Therapists is mainly intended for the use of employing institutions. It is organised regionally, and, within the regions, alphabetically in order of surname. This enables employers to consult local Art Therapists as well as facilitating the checking of individual credentials. A Regional Contact name is found at the beginning of each section. These people have volunteered their time to organise and co-ordinate local events and information.

    Regional Entries

    There are 21 regions: 14 in England, 1 in Wales, 4 in Scotland, 1 International - European Countries and 1 International - rest of the world.

    Individual Entries

    Each entry consists of the information submitted by the individual for the inclusion in the directory. The fullest entry will include the following information:

    Name and Qualification, Home Address, Home Telephone Number, Work Address, Work Telephone Number, Codes, Area of Practice. Also included are Honorary Members who have rendered distinguished services to the Association and Fellows who have made outstanding academic contributions in the field of Art Therapy.

    The Directory is also available on-line to BAAT members (password needed).

    On-line list of BAAT member Art Therapists undertaking private practice


The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) is a professional membership body and learned society. BAAT has a logo, which is displayed on its professional publications, official statements, advice packs, professional guidelines and  marketing materials – the BAAT logo is used as a way to certify  that the content of all these documents has been formally agreed by the elected Council of the Association and that it represents a professional consensus.

As such, the logo cannot be used by any other organisations to promote events, policies or publications without a written formal agreement from the BAAT Council and/or its Chief Executive Officer (this can be done by email as well as by letter). Permission to use the logo is given on an individual case basis and when use of the logo has been agreed for a purpose, it is not transferable to other projects or products that do not relate to this purpose.

BAAT Full member logo sampleOnly BAAT full members are able to use the BAAT affiliate logo - sample shown here on the left.


Full BAAT Logo Policy >>    Information for BAAT members >>


    The International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape The International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape

    is published twice a year. Inscape includes articles by Members and others who are involved in related fields. More information about the journal.


    BAAT maintains a list of books and other publications dealing with Art Therapy and related disciplines. This publication is currently being updated. List of publications by BAAT members.


    Newsbriefing is sent to Members of the Association. It keeps the Membership informed about pertinent and relevant issues concerning the profession of Art Therapy, publishes readers' letters and advertised Art Therapy courses.

Further information on Art Therapy

BAAT is always pleased to be of assistance to groups and individuals seeking information about Art Therapy. Please explore this web site which includes a wide range of information for the general public and professional Art Therapists. If you need further information please email our office.