(Approximately 50 hours- First elective 40 or 32 hours and Second elective 24 hours)
Expressive Arts Electives offer an exciting opportunity to experience WHEAT courses with our most senior mentor instructors. Choose from select summer Diploma Courses, including courses with Kate Donohue and Armand Volkas.
See our 2017 Course of study for the list of electives.
(6 Credit Hours U of W) Dec 2017–Apr 2018 (five weekends) * You may register for any individual weekend (2-day) workshop listed below.
Personal and Professional Practice explore specific expressive arts interventions for personal growth as you deepen your understanding of how art heals. This training is relevant for use in schools, agencies, recreation settings, private practice and for self-care.
In addition to focusing on specific facets of expressive arts therapy – such as Indigenous ways of knowing through the arts, mindfulness and movement – you will develop the skills needed to facilitate group and individual expressive arts interventions.
In this segment of the
Expressive Art Therapy Certificate class for Personal and Professional Practice
participants will gain insights into the nature of mindfulness as they are
guided in expressive arts processes that awaken them to the present moment, and
open them to new insights that arise. Participants will experience the therapeutic value of art making as
Mindfulness first hand through engaging in expressive arts modalities and
intermodal processes that draw on breath meditations, visual arts, writing,
movement, and sharing. Practical
knowledge about how to plan sessions for groups, work from a person-centered
approach with people’s art, and art making ideas to integrate into their
personal and professional lives will be interwoven throughout this experience. This course will assist people in
understanding the possibilities in combining art and mindfulness, and help them
become responsible, trustworthy guides of this work.
December 9-10, 2017
"This course was a space that allowed openness to new experiences that resulted in a feeling of more freedom, connection to people and tools that provided more confidence to help others do the same." - Judy M. WHEAT ExAT Certificate 2017
Poetry is a vibrant and powerful expressive language, practiced in cultures around the globe from ancient times to the present. Poetry draws on multiple levels of experience, desire and inspiration, and engages us on many levels at once, from the sensory and the emotional to the visionary. Reading/hearing and writing/creating poetry can be profoundly transformative experiences, and are accessible at many different ages and skill levels.
In this two-day workshop, we will explore formal and expressive elements of poetic creation through reading, writing and performance exercises, with specific attention to (inter)cultural and (inter)personal influences and resonances. Over the course of the weekend, we will develop a repertoire of playful, creative, fun approaches to transformative poetic expression. Among other approaches, we will explore imagism, surrealism, ghazals and lament.
January 20-21, 2018
"An amazing weekend full of dialogue, big idea sharing and lots of heart!" - Tristin W. WHEAT ExAT Certificiate 2017
Play and playfulness is an essential component of Drama. This two-day workshop helps students develop their creative imagination, self-expression, self-knowledge, and social relatedness through active participation in a variety of improvised dramatic activities. Students will become more comfortable with engaging in improvisation techniques and facilitating improvisation for others. The place and use of drama games will also be explored, as an important method of helping group members warm up both to drama and to other group members. This workshop is ideal for those wishing to learn more ways of incorporating drama into their teaching or guidance counsellor practice. The line between drama for creative expression and drama for the purpose of therapy will also be explored.
February 10-11, 2018
"A joyful, heartfelt connecting to self and other in the context of facilitating drama activities for classroom and community groups in a gently therapeutic way." - Janine T. WHEAT ExAT Certificate 2017
This two-day workshop will explore Indigenous perspectives through art by using dialogue, sharing land base knowledge, and creating a personal connection to Spirit while creating a small piece of artwork from items that you have a personal connection/association with.
March 10-11, 2018
"A privilege I wish could be shared by many in my community." - Heather (PD registration)
Being Butoh Body will provide students with a variety of experiential dynamics, intended to develop movement potential, and body-mind consciousness. Being Butoh Body will largely draw from contemporary Japanese dance techniques that utilize core-work, stamina, mindfulness, ecology, and internal imagery. Being Butoh Body will provide students with an innovative, challenging, and inspiring dance experiences. This is a studio class, and will be in a warm-up, exercise, and sweat format.
This course is designed to engage students with a process-oriented, body knowledge approach to experiential transformation. Through movement exploration, students will gain foundational tools to experience and facilitate body-mind expression. To succeed in this course, students will bravely explore, and share embodied material with rigor and curiosity, and include written articulations to foster personal growth, self-discipline and collective spirit.
April 14-15, 2018
(6 credit hours U of W) November 2018 - April 2019 (20 Monday evenings)
Explore the theoretical foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy and learn hands-on strategies for healing through art-making, drama, music, writing and movement.
The curriculum will cover expressive arts strategies for use in school counseling and private therapy practice. Discover the role of expressive arts in modern therapeutic environments and actively participate in arts activities that can be used as critical counseling interventions for children and youth.
Course Outline: EAT Theory and Practice
Note: The start date for the Monday evenings have been moved to November 2018.
(3 credit hours U of W – pre-requisite for Practicum) December 2018 – April 2019 (five Saturdays)
Further develop your toolbox of expressive arts therapy skills in this applied counselling course. Students may use work or personal settings to bring forth case studies. This course serves as a Pre-Requisite to the Practicum Course in the U of W PBDE Program.
Practicum Dates: December 1, 2018, January 12th, February 2nd, March 2nd and April 6th, 2019