About KATI

Mission Statement

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute is dedicated to the belief that the creative process is healing and life enhancing, and that the expressive arts can contribute therapeutically to both individual and community health. KATI is dedicated to training culturally sensitive and responsive art therapists, and to providing art therapy as a community service.

Core Values

Acceptance, Respect, and Trust


KATI is accredited through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and meets the educational standards established by the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and the requirements of the BC Art Therapy Association.

KATI also meets the Education Quality Assurance (EQA) standards set by the province of BC, and as such is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Institutions on the DLI list are permitted to host international students on study permits in Canada.

Core Faculty




The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Association (KATIA)

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute operates under the umbrella of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Association (KATIA), an incorporated BC non-profit society and a federally registered charitable organization, incorporated as a society in February 1995, and as a charity since January 1996.

The Board of Directors for KATIA governs the Institute and are committed to the purpose and mission of the Association. The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Association Board of Directors operates by consensus decision-making and first and second-year students are represented on the board.

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