This 200 hour Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate program offers an introduction to the theory and practice of merging therapy and the arts. This training is relevant for School Counselors, Resource Teachers, Clinicians, Therapists, and Clergy wishing to add the expressive arts to their tool kits, as well as for Artists with therapeutic intentions with their work. University of Winnipeg students are eligible for up to 15 credit hours of this training in their Post Baccalaureate in Education.

Through their own active engagement in the arts, participants will explore the language of symbol through the lens of child and adolescent development.The program is made up of three compulsory courses and two electives.

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"I am counted among a small handful of folks who were part of the first U of W & WHEAT Institute PBDE cooperative program in School Counselling and Expressive Arts Therapy. I could not have done this re-entry into the world of academia without the yummy goodness that was the experiential, immersive programming at WHEAT. It was what I'd describe as, 'A Scrumptious Education!'" -Kim Zeglinski U of W / WHEAT PBDE Program, 2014-2016
Program Fee Information

Expressive Arts Therapy: Electives

(Approximately 50 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.

Expressive Arts Therapy: Theory and Practice

(6 credit hours U of W) Nov 2017–Apr 2018 (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.

Darci Adam MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT

Practicum Skills

(3 credit hours U of W – pre-requisite for Practicum)

December – April, 2017 (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.

Expressive Arts Therapy: Personal and Professional Practice

(6 Credit Hours U of W) Dec 2017–Apr 2018 (five weekends) 


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.