International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association supports artists, educators, consultants and therapists using multimodal expressive arts processes for personal and community transformation.
We provide a global forum for dialogue, promote guiding principles for professional practice, and work to increase recognition and use of expressive arts as a powerful tool for psychological, physical and spiritual wellness.
What are the expressive arts?
The expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. IEATA encourages an evolving multimodal approach within psychology, organizational development, community arts and education. By integrating the arts processes and allowing one to flow into another, we gain access to our inner resources for healing, clarity, illumination and creativity.
What we do
Build worldwide community and offer an open forum for dialogue
IEATA provides a professional guild and an international network for bringing the arts into the world for growth, healing, communication and collaborative learning. We sponsor bi-annual international conferences.
Our website includes a wealth of information about our association and activities, including the option to join and renew membership online.
We offer a searchable Member Directory and the IEATA Members Network, our online community, where members can connect with each other in regional groups; share images, videos or music; promote upcoming events; or post bulletin board listings such as job opportunities, RFPs, office space rentals, etc. We also publish a semi-annual, members-only Newsletter, and the quarterly IEATA News is sent by email.
Promote professional excellence and standards of practice in the field of expressive arts
One of IEATA's key missions is to promote professional excellence and ethical standards of practice. To this end, IEATA has established an application and registration process for Registered Expressive Arts Therapists (REATs) and Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educators (REACEs).
These practitioners are guided by an established professional code of ethics, an expression of values and goals that help define our work as a professional community.