What is Art Therapy?

What is Hong Kong Association of Art therapists?

Art therapy Education

How to become an art therapist?

An art therapist must be trained in an accredited graduate level (Master’s Degree) Art Therapy program that trained the individuals with the components on the knowledge of Art therapy, psychology, psychotherapy, and/or counseling.

Can I get training to be an art therapist in Hong Kong?

There is currently no master-level training programme in Hong Kong that leads to the professional and licensure requirement. For those who might be interested in pursuing the education in Art therapy, one must go abroad to get the training. Nowadays, one can obtain professional art therapy training in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, as well as Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea. There are non-English art therapy trainings in European countries as well. Please visit the correspondence country’s art therapy association for education information or refer to the summary table below for the requirements of different overseas programs.

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Where can i get art therapy training?

There are art therapy introduction or workshops conducted by professional members or registered art therapist in Hong Kong however for a complete training, please refer to the overseas information in the table below. There are also some certificates issuance trainings in Hong Kong however they do no certify any one to be an art therapist nor lead to any approved master programme's accreditation overseas.

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What are the differences between general members and professional members?

General Membership

General membership is open to general public. Those who are interested in art therapy or wanting to join our association’s activities and workshop are welcome to be our general members. There is no qualification requirement or limitation on becoming our general member and the membership fee will be $250 per year. For more details on application procedure and benefits, please click below:

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Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to those who have completed graduate level training in a mental health related field and interested in supporting art therapy; or current students of accredited graduate program in Art Therapy / Expressive Arts Therapy and provide proof of relevant admission and identification. The membership fee will be $600 per year. For more details on application procedure and benefits, please click below:

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Professional Membership

Professional Membership is only for qualified art therapist. Applicants for professional membership are required to show proof of having a graduate level or above ART THERAPY training. Membership fee is $800 per year. For more details on application procedure and benefits, please click below:

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Art therapy Service

What is the difference between Art therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy?

Creative Arts Therapy includes independent modalities of art (visual), music, drama, and dance movement). While Expressive arts therapy utilizes the intermodal form to fluidly transition among the four creative art forms. Important to consider when selecting the type of therapy for you- a creative arts therapist specializing in one art form completes a master level training (2-3 years) to study one particular art form, while an expressive arts therapist would complete a master level training studying most, if not all of the art forms. Therefore, the level of depth would be slightly different. However, it is important to reflect on your own personal interest before approaching a creative or expressive arts therapist and start a conversation about what would be the best fit for you.

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Where can I find an art therapist in Hong Kong?

All professional members in HKAAT are qualified and/or registered art therapists with extensive knowledge in art therapy. You can find their contact information from our professional listing page.

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Is art therapy suitable for me?

Art therapy works for many individuals in various age groups. It is recommended that you talk with your individual art therapist to discuss whether art therapy might work for your current situation.

Can I practice art therapy myself or with anyone else?

No, Art therapy is one kind of psychotherapy using art to explore underlying emotions so a registered art therapist with formal training is a must.

What does art therapist do?

Art therapist work in diverse settings such as school, hospital, prison, rehab center, counseling center, community center, to provide psychotherapy and support along with art modality, to help individual to express their needs and develop solution and coping skills, so that the service receiver might gain insight in their current situation and thus promote healthy changes in life.

How to choose the right art therapist for me?

Please take time to review our professional members listing by clicking Read More below to learn more about our qualified members who have the education and training background to best support you. Each member also listed their clinical experience and types of categories they specialize in. Please know that therapy modalities are not one size fit all, but we encourage you to reach out and meet a professional to discuss or experience whether art therapy is right for you.

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How to choose the right art therapist for my agency/ organization?

Art Psychotherapy involves one to complete a master level training in a foreign country (since Hong Kong does not have a master-level program yet), in addition to completion of 350+ supervised clinical practice hours. Another positive indication that you're in good hands if they are registered professionals in the country where they recieved their master level training at. Please reach out to us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to verify one's qualification of whether they have recieved adequet training and education to provide art psychotherapy services. 

Does HKAAT do referral or provide art therapy service?

Currently HKAAT is aimed for promoting and educating the public on art therapy. We currently don’t provide individual or group art therapy service on behalf of HKAAT. If you would like to hire an art therapist or collaborate with an art therapist for another work, please contact our professional members directly. Or you can contact HKAAT (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  and we can forward your request to our professional members.


Where is the research on art therapy published?

Scholarly research on art therapy and descriptions of contemporary art therapy practice are mainly published in International Journal of Art Therapy, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, and the Canadian Journal of Art Therapy: Research, Practice, and Issues to enhance the profession and ethical practice of art therapy. 

What if i want to support HKAAT as a volunteer?

Payment Information

How to make payment?

Registration Rules & Regulations

All applicants are required to submit payment (per head per registration), via bank transfer to the below account to confirm the registration. Receipt must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within three (3) days after initial online registration for confirmation. Please submit separate payment slip for membership and event registration if applying for both simultaneously.



Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists


by FPS (Faster Payment System)

Identifier ID: 163002876


An official confirmation email will be sent to your registered email.

Workshop will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 2 hours before the event. In this case, the payment will be refunded to applicants.

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