The Person-Centred Art Therapy Association was created by popular demand of Liesl Silverstone’s students more than 20 years ago.  The primary aim was to create a network of contacts for certificate holders for the purpose of on-going skills practice with peers to maintain good facilitative and ethical standards.

Membership of the Person-Centred Art Therapy Association (PCATA) is open to anyone who has achieved a certificate in person-centred art therapy skills.  What is offered by PCATA :

  • 3 or more skills workshops each year for the purpose of maintaining a good level of skills practice.
  • contact details of the membership to encourage local support and further skills practice
  • a newsletter three times per year, with details of workshops, the AGM and appropriate news
  • a PCATA code of ethics

There are two workshops per year at the Diorama Arts Studios, London, and two outside London, currently in Brighton and Tamworth.  After each workshop there is a meeting of the Core Group of members to report and discuss on-going issues.  Any ideas for change are taken to the AGM, which is held in October of each year for the presentation of reports and the implementation of changes to current practice.

For information about membership, please contact :


Carocaroline haffnerline Haffner, Membership Secretary




Other workshops

In addition to the PCATA workshops, regular skills practice is offered and facilitated by :

Chinar Abdulaziz : West London Support Group for post-certificate holders

Pam Fletcher : post-certificate skills days in Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Ani de la Prida : post-certificate skills days, Brentwood, Essex

Over 7000 people have participated on courses and workshops to date.

PCATA Code of Ethics and Practice


The practice of Person-centred Art Therapy Skills brings the person-centred facilitative approach, based on the philosophy of Carl Rogers, to images expressed in art form, with the purpose of promoting integration, healing and growth and helping people become more self-directed.
Members of PCATA originally devised this code, aware that members come from a wide range of work settings and have their own codes of ethical practice in place. For example, those who work as counsellors may also wish to adhere to the B.A.C.P./ UKCP/ NCS Code of Ethics. Nurses and other Health Care Professionals, teachers, social workers to name but a few, using P-CATS in their workplace, will also abide by a relevant professional Code of Practice specific to their area of work.
Practitioners adhering to the PCATA Code of Ethics and Practice, with or without other professional codes, will have achieved the Certificate in Person-centred Art Therapy Skills. It is preferable that those who have the certificate become members of PCATA.


1. Confidentiality

P-CATS practitioners must safeguard confidential information relating to clients or patients.
The disclosure of confidential information may be permissible when:

o a patient or client gives consent

o there is legal compulsion

2.Management of Work

An explicit contract should be made with the client about the purpose, time and duration of sessions; fees, boundaries and appropriate confidentiality.
Clients need to be advised that although an image may give up its message quickly, the issues disclosed may need further exploration. This may take place in the same or a different therapeutic setting.

3. Safety

P-CATS practitioners need to engage in responsible, on-going self-appraisal to ensure their optimum well-being and competence in the work place. This may require personal therapy or counselling at times.

4. Professional Integrity

P-CATS practitioners must not make any false claim as regards their experience, qualifications or relationship to PCATA. Practitioners shall, as part of the initial meeting, inform clients of their professional membership(s), qualifications, experience and philosophy of practice.

5. Relationships

A P-CATS practitioner must not take on a client with whom he/she would then have a dual relationship. That is friend, relative, employer or employee (other than that occurring within a recognised employee assistance programme), or any person who has an intimate relationship with any of the aforementioned. In certain instances, a practitioner may be working with more than one member of a family. Social contact with a client must be avoided.

6. Supervision and Professional Development

To ensure a high standard of care for the client, the practitioner will be committed to supervision as befits the area in which he/she is working. This is so that the practitioner, through monitoring of the usefulness and effectiveness of the work, can ensure best practice and take responsibility for appropriate continuing professional development.

7. Equal Opportunities

P-CATS practitioners do not discriminate against clients in terms of ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, belief system, H.I.V. anti-body status, marital status or disability.

8. Records

P-CATS practitioners are advised to keep adequate notes which are appropriate to their setting and are accessible to the client on request.

9. Ethical Issues

P-CATS practitioners may find themselves caught between conflicting ethical principles. In such circumstances they are urged to discuss the matter with a supervisor and, where necessary, refer the matter to a relevant professional body (such as BACP, UKCP or NCS in the case of counsellors).

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