One of IEATA’s key missions is to promote professional excellence and standards of practice for practitioners and consumers. To that end, we established the titles of Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) and Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator (REACE), and developed screening and registration processes to certify qualified members. All REATs and REACEs agree to abide by a code of ethics, an expression of values and goals that help us define our behavior as a professional community.
Although we do not offer a formal track for practicing expressive artists, we value their significant contributions to the field, and encourage and support their work through our Artist Committee.
The REAT track is designed for those who use the expressive arts in therapy. To become a REAT, an IEATA member must meet rigorous criteria – including education, experience, demonstrated competencies, personal engagement in expressive arts therapy and letters of reference – and agree to abide by our REAT Code of Ethics.
Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator:
The REACE designation includes expressive arts consultants and educators who use the expressive arts in a broad range of approaches in education, organizational development, health fields and more. The REACE candidate may have formal training or acquired experience by applying their skills in work situations. The applicant will choose one of two application tracks that best fits his or her education and experience. REACE applicants must thoroughly document education, work experience, expressive arts training, and personal and professional competency as an expressive arts consultant/educator, and agree to abide by our REACE Code of Ethics.
IEATA requires each approved REACE member to either have liability insurance or to submit a request for exemption from this requirement. Generally, the reasons for exemption are that you are covered by the organization that you work for, or you are not doing active work in the Expressive Arts field currently. You do not need to have this insurance to apply for REACE designation rather you might choose to obtain it once you have been approved for professional designation. IEATA will issue your professional certificate once you qualify and the information regarding liability insurance is received.
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How to register as a REAT
One key element of IEATA’s mission is to promote professional excellence and standards of practice for practitioners and consumers. To that end, we have established the title of Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) and developed a screening and registration process to certify qualified members. All REATs agree to abide by a Code of Ethics.
To become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, an IEATA member must meet all of the registration standards and requirements.
download REAT registration
Application process to register as a REACE
Completed applications for registration may be submitted year-round.
Applications must thoroughly document education, work experience, expressive arts training, and personal and professional competency as an expressive arts consultant/educator.
You will be asked to submit four complete copies. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant after three months if necessary parts still have not been received. Please allow three to six months for final review.
Download the following documents to apply:
download REACE registration
About 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.
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