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The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) is the professional organisation for art therapists in the UK. It works to promote art therapy and provides professional support and advice to its members. The BAAT represents art therapy within national organisations and has a growing international profile.

Full BAAT members are qualified art therapists, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and HCPC registration is a statutory requirement in the UK for arts therapist. However, anyone interested in art therapy may join the BAAT as an associate member. Please click here  for further information on Associate BAAT membership and its benefits.

The BAAT is a member of the Allied Health Professions Federation and actively contributes to its work.

The BAAT provides information to members of the public about art therapy Careers & Training and maintains a list of State Registered Art Therapists in private practice. The BAAT is also the learned society for UK art therapy and publishes a peer reviewed journal "The International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape" four times a year.

The BAAT is governed by a Council of full members elected at its yearly AGM (see BAAT Council & Honorary Positions ) . Since 2009, the BAAT has put art therapy research at the forefront of its priorities and is actively involved in promoting work in this field. To this end, the BAAT has created a research library that lists art therapy research articles,  outcome measures and also provides basic training to get started with evaluation. The BAAT also runs an Art Therapy Practice Research Network for its full members and has prioritised involving service users and carers within its research work.

BLACK LIVES MATTER - Please click on the pdf to read the BAAT statement on how it plans to engage in supporting BLM BAAT STATEMENT on BLACK LIVES MATTER.pdf

April 2020: The BAAT has produced new evidence-based guidelines on art therapy for people with a psychosis-related diagnosis (e.g. ‘psychosis’, ‘schizophrenia’ and ‘schizo-affective disorder’). The guidelines are intended to allow flexibility for art therapists to tailor their work to the needs of individual service users. They should also inform people planning research on art therapy in relation to psychosis. They incorporate comments by service users and examples of specific practices by experienced art therapists, and we hope they are accessible to a range of people. For those interested, Part 2 contains a literature review and Part 3 discusses psychosis. Click on pdf to access the full guidelines BAAT Guidelines AT Psychosis PART 1-2-3.pdf