Founded in 1982 as a non-profit society and charitable organization, the institute has been accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), formerly the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia (PCTIA) – since 1998.
VATI is committed to providing an educational experience that cultivates student creativity, self-awareness, and therapeutic competence. We aim to train art therapists who are active members of the art therapy community, and good ambassadors to the larger community.
We achieve our goals by training the student at a graduate level in a way that challenges the student to grow intellectually, and professionally. VATI offers coursework that is delivered by a diverse and accomplished faculty. This allows the students to develop a solid understanding of current theory and practice in the field. Students must successfully complete classroom-based coursework, experiential learning exercises, 700 hours of clinical placement, and a final project to graduate.
Secondarily, the Institute provides art therapy as a service to the community-at-large via student practicum placements. Students are placed at agencies, schools, and hospitals throughout the Lower Mainland. Our clinical placement students gather their required hours while offering this valuable service to the community.
Our training programs follow the guidelines for training established by the Canadian and British Columbia art therapy associations.
Training PhilosophyAt VATI, we believe that art therapy not only enhances the lives of individuals but also promotes mental well-being in communities. Learn More
History of VATISince 1982, VATI has expanded from a small charitable organization to a recognized art therapy institute. Learn More
FacultyOur faculty of qualified and experienced instructors and advisors are what makes our students excel in the field of art therapy. Learn More