What is REAT® ?
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist


A Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) is someone who combines multiple forms of the arts (drama, movement, visual art, music, writing, etc) with counseling, psychotherapy or other forms of mental health professions to address behavioral and mental health issues or stressors with individuals or groups. That is to say, they work multimodal and intermodal using more than one arts form in their work with clients. They have received the REAT status from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, indicating that they have met all necessary requirements, including thorough training, education and supervised experience in expressive arts therapy to ensure that clients and individuals receiving this method and approach receive safe, beneficial and high quality treatment.


Why Become a REAT® ?

Having a REAT status with IEATA indicates that you have been approved by a global committee of reviewers and the Professional Standards Committee and have met all the requirements with training, education, supervised practice and experience that we believe is necessary to provide safe and effective expressive arts therapy to others. Having a REAT status behind one's name clarifies with others that you’ve gone through intensive training which would support your clinical position with hospitals, clinics, expertise as a practitioner and would also give you clout for academic roles and EXA training. You would also be part of a growing global field and community, giving you the opportunity to network with other professionals around the world. 



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. 


To become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, an IEATA member must meet all of the registration standards and requirements.