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.

Downloadable course of study form

Please contact WHEAT for more information.

"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
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Expressive Arts Therapy: Electives

(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 Course of study for the list of electives.

Expressive Arts Therapy: Personal and Professional Practice

December 9, 2017


April 15, 2018

(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.

Weekend 1: Art making as Mindfulness

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.

Marg Janick Grayston, MDiv Certified, Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, Spiritual Mentor

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


Weekend 2: Poetry

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.  

Di Brandt, BA Hons, M.A, PhD

January 20-21, 2018


Weekend 3: Creative Drama

Csilla Przibislawsky, Counselor, Drama therapist, M.A (C.A.T), RDT, CCC

February 10-11, 2018


Weekend 4: Exploring Indigenous Knowledge through Art: Understanding Sacred Teachings and Ceremony in Healing

Lita Fontaine

March 10-11, 2018


Weekend 5: Movement

Tanja Woloshen, MA Performance Studies, Dance Artist/Movement Specialist

April 14-15, 2018


Expressive Arts Therapy: Theory and Practice

November 5, 2018

20 Monday evenings starting in November 2018

April 30, 2018

(6 credit hours U of W) December 4, 2017– May, 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.

Course Outline: EAT Theory and Practice

Note: The start date for the Monday evenings have been moved to December.

Darci Adam MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT

Practicum Skills

December 1, 2018

To (Five Saturdays)

April 28, 2018

(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.

Practicum Dates: December 2, 2017, January 13th, February 3rd, March 3rd and April 7th, 2018