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National Coalition of Arts Therapies Associations


2000 Century Plaza Ste. 108
Columbia MD 21044
TEL: 410 - 997-4040
FAX: 410 - 997-4048
Susan Kleinman MA ADTR , Chair

The National Coalition of Arts Therapies Associations (NCATA), founded in 1979, is an alliance of professional associations dedicated to the advancement of the arts as therapeutic modalities.

NCATA represents over 8,000 individual members of six creative arts therapies associations. The organizations belonging to NCATA are:

  • American Association for Music Therapy
  • The American Art Therapy Association
  • American Dance Therapy Association
  • National Association for Drama Therapy
  • The American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama
  • The National Association for Poetry Therapy

    The creative arts therapies include art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, psychodrama, and poetry therapy. These therapies use arts modalities and creative processes during intentional intervention in therapeutic, rehabilatative, community, or educational settings to foster health, communication, and expression; promote the integration of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social functioning; enhance self-awareness; and facilitate change.
    Each member association as established professional training standards including an approval and monitoring process, a code of ethics and standards of clinical practice, and a credentialing process. Annual conferences, journals, and newsletters for each association foster professional development, as well as educate the public and allied professionals about each discipline.

    Although unique and distinct from one another, the creative parts therapies share related processes and goals. Participation in all the creative parts therapies provides people with special needs ways to express themselves that may not be possible through more traditional therapies.

    For over 50 years, art, dance/ movement, drama, music, poetry therapists, and psychodramatists have provided meaningful therapeutic opportunities for people of all ages in a wide variety of treatment settings and schools.

    National Coalition of Arts Therapies Associations


    2000 Century Plaza Ste. 108
    Columbia MD 21044
    TEL: 410 - 997-4040 FAX: 410 - 997-4048
    Susan Kleinman MA ADTR , Chair

    American Assoc for Music Therapy (AAMT)
    1 Station Plaza
    Ossining, NY 10562
    TEL: 914- 944-9260
    FAX: 914-944-9387
    David Ramsey, Executive Director

    American Assoc. for Art Therapy (AATA)
    1202 Allanson Rd.
    Mundelein, Il 60060
    TEL: 708-949-6064 FAX: 708 - 566-4580
    Ed Steyger, Executive Director

    National Assoc for Poetry Therapy (NAPT)
    PO Box 551
    Port Washington, NY 11050
    TEL: 516-944-9791 FAX: 516 - 944-5818
    Alicia Seeger, Office Manager
    Debrah Langosh ACSW, Executive Director

    American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)
    2000 Century Plaza Ste. 108
    Columbia MD 21044
    TEL: 410-997-4040 FAX: 410 - 997-4048

    Pat Gardner, Office Manager
    National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT)
    44 Taylor Place
    Branford, Ct. 06405
    TEL: 203 - 481-1161 FAX: 203 - 483 - 7373

    Kathryn Templeton, Office Manager
    American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama (ASGPP)
    6728 Old McLean Village
    Mclean, VA 22101
    TEL: 703 - 556-9222 FAX: 703 - 556 - 8729
    Cheryl Kildae, Associate Executive Director

    Creative arts therapists interested in a web site here, please E-Mail Eric Miller Ph.D. CMT-BC for more information.

    Creative Arts Therapists' Sites:

  • Mind & Body Wellness

  • Expressive Therapy Concepts

  • Activity Therapy Innovator

    Meet the CATS
    NCATA Archives

    This page developed by:
    Eric B. Miller @ Expressive Therapy Concepts

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