ART THERAPY DIPLOMA

ART THERAPY DIPLOMA PROGRAM

“Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.” Canadian Art Therapy Association  

Art therapy provides an alternative, cooperative and creative approach for addressing emotional and psychological difficulties with a firm basis in psychodynamic theory and developmental psychology.  The Diploma in Art Therapy at the WHEAT Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is an intensive program spanning the course of two summer intensives, online coursework over 16 months, practicum experience, and ongoing supervision.

WHEAT Institute meets the Educational Standards of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA).  Graduates will have the necessary requirements to join CATA as professional members and to work towards registration as Registered Canadian Art Therapists (RCAT). CATA standards currently require that students have a minimum of a Bachelor degree to enroll in an approved art therapy program. Students with related Bachelor and Masters' degrees may be eligible to enroll. A Master's degree may be required by certain agencies in order to bill as a therapist. Contact WHEAT Institute for details. More information about becoming a registered member of CATA can be found HERE and RCAT registration HERE.

Application process and deadlines for Art Therapy Diploma Program: January 31st, 2019 (courses start July 2019)

For more information about Art Therapy training, contact WHEAT INSTITUTE at info@wheatinstitute.com or REGISTER HERE.

NEW! Combined Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy Diplomas
Complete all of our courses in a combined program to receive diplomas in both Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. This is a 650 hour program. Students will complete the Art Therapy practicum requirement of 700 hours. For further information on registration (students will need to sign contracts for both diploma programs) and fees please email info@wheatinstitute.com



"The Art Therapy Diploma Summer Intensive, instructed by Karen Wallace, was hard core, enlightening and I cannot wait to dive further into Art Therapy over the next few years.  It's really hard to put into words just how amazing it was!  I would definitely suggest this program to anyone interested in Art Therapy."   - Joanna Watt


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - OPEN DROP IN COURSES:

Art Therapy class TBD - November 8 - 11, 2019

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Requirements: A Bachelor's or Master’s degree is required in counselling, social work, fine arts, or psychology or an equivalent field with Prior Learning Assessment to determine equivalencies. Students with diverse backgrounds will be admitted for professional development training. Refer to the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) website HERE for information about requirements for professional membership and for registration as a Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT). 

Prerequisites include Developmental Psychology (3 credits) and Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology (3 credits). This work may also be completed during the course of study.

As part of their learning process students will be required to have received art therapy prior to or during the program for 25 hours.

Students will be required to demonstrate ongoing engagement in the arts as part of the Studio Art requirement.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadlines: January 31st, 2019 (courses start July 2019). Late applications will be considered based on space availability.   

Application process: Applicants are selected based on past academic records, a 500-word letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants must also submit: Documentation of previous art-making experience (and are expected to have experience in clinical, rehabilitative and/or educational settings), current Resume, Child abuse registry and Criminal record check. Registration fee of $225 is due at that time. A selection committee will interview potential students. Confirmation of acceptance to the Diploma Program will occur within two weeks of application.

Training completion fund of $179 plus materials fee of $200 are due upon acceptance and signing of the Tuition Contract.

Training takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at the St. Norbert Arts Center and Arthur St. Studio.

COURSEWORK 2019 - 2021 Cohort

Downloadable Course Study Form
  • * Please note these dates are subject to change.

    Orientation (half day) - July 2, 2019

    Art Therapy Counselling Skills and Techniques - July 3-7, 2019

    Art Therapy Assessment & Field Research (Working with Symbols) - July 9-11, 2019

    Working with Trauma using Art Therapy - July 12 - 13, 2019

    Research Methods & Final Project Preparation DAY 1 with Dr. Christine Lummis - July 27, 2019

    Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts with Victoria McIntosh - August 28 - 30, 2019
  • Art Therapy History and Theory (On-line - Mondays evenings) - September - November 2019

    Ethical & Legal Issues in Art and Expressive Arts Therapy (On-line - Wednesday evenings) - January - April 2020

    Cultural Competency in Counselling (On-line - Wednesday evenings) - September - November 2020
  • Art Therapy Electives - Maximum 2
  • Expressive Arts Therapy Studio 2 - July 22 - 25, 2019
    Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts Therapy with Dr. Kate Donohue - July 29 - August 1, 2019
    Expressive Arts Therapy and its Relation to Psychopathology and Developmental Psychology with Dr. Kate Donohue - August 8 - 11, 2019
    Clowning in Expressive Arts Therapy with David Langdon - August 3-5, 2019
    Principles of Drama Therapy – February 2020
    Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy - Summer 2020
    Poetry in Expressive Arts Therapy - Summer 2020
    Music in Expressive Arts Therapy - Summer 2020
  • Special Populations:
  • All courses in special populations are required courses:
  • Art Therapy to Address Addictions – July 2020
  • Art Therapy with Groups – July 2020
  • Art Therapy with Children, Youth and Families – July 2020
  •  Art Therapy with Seniors - July 2020
  • Art Therapy Studio/Practicum Skills with WHEAT Facilitators and Darci Adam including:

    Class TBD - November 8 - 11, 2019
    Art Therapy Studio - February 2021
    Practicum Skills - TBD
  • Research Methods & Final Project Preparation DAY 2 with Dr. Christine Lummis - July 2020
           
    Entrepreneurship & Professional Practice with Indigo Adam-Grant - Summer 2020
  • Individual Supervision - September 2019 - April 2021

    Group Supervision - September 2019 - April 2021

    Practicum Experience –Ongoing throughout program to April  2021
    The minimum requirement for all practicums is 700 hours with at least 350 hours involving direct client contact. Students will receive both Individual and Group Supervision in a combination of ratios (1 hour of individual supervision for every 10 hours of direct client contact or 2 hours of group supervision for every 10 hours of direct client contact) to fulfill a total of 35 hours of supervision.
  • Final Project due May 2021 * graduation to follow in November 2021.
  • COURSEWORK 2018-2020 COHORT

    Downloadable Course Study Form
    Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts - August 19-22, 2018 with Indigenous WHEAT Facilitators & Darci Adam

    Art Therapy Counselling skills and Techniques - August 24-28, 2018

    Art Therapy Assessment and Field Research (Working with Symbols) - August 30- September 1st, 2018 

    Working with Trauma using Art Therapy - September 2-3, 2018 

    Art Therapy and Expressive Arts History and Theory (On-Line Mondays) - September 10- November 26, 2018 with Christine Lummis

    Ethical & Legal Issues in Art and Expressive Arts Therapy – (On-line Wednesdays) January 16 - April 10, 2019 with Christine Lummis

    Cultural Competencies in the therapeutic use of Arts (On-Line Wednesdays)- September 11- November 6, 2019 with Christine Lummis

    Art Therapy Studio/Practicum Skills with WHEAT Facilitators and Darci Adam including:  
             
    Focusing: November 9 - 12, 2018 (PD Drop-In Option)       
    Art Therapy Studio: February 15 - 18, 2019 with Darci Adam & WHEAT Facilitators       
    Practicum Skills: TBD

    Art Therapy Electives: Maximum 2

    Expressive Arts and its relation to Psychopathology & developmental Psychology with Dr.Kate Donohue - August 8 - 11, 2019
    Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts Therapy with Dr.Kate Donohue - July 29 - August 1, 2019
    Principles of Drama Therapy - February 2020

    Special Populations:All courses in special populations are required courses:

    Art Therapy to Address Addictions with Christine Lummis – July 18-19, 2019
    Art Therapy with Groups with Christine Lummis – July 20- 21, 2019
    Art Therapy with Children, Youth and Families – July 23 - 24, 2019
    Art Therapy with Seniors - July 25- 26, 2019

    Research Methods & Final Project Preparation - January 26, 2019 (online) and July 28, 2019

    Entrepreneurship & Professional Practice - August 3 - 5, 2019

    Practicum Experience - Ongoing throughout program to April 2020
    The minimum requirement for all practicums is 700 hours with at least 350 hours involving direct client contact. Students will receive both Individual and Group Supervision in a combination of ratios (1 hour of individual supervision for every 10 hours of direct client contact or 2 hours of group supervision for every 10 hours of direct client contact) to fulfill a total of 35 hours of supervision.

    Final Project - May 2020 *with a final group weekend held in June 2020 and graduation to follow in the summer.

COURSE FEE INFORMATION

There is no GST on any of our tuition or course fees. All fees are listed in Canadian (CAD) dollars. 

All Diploma programs:


$225.00 Registration fee  
$179.00 Training completion fund due upon registration. See details of the purpose of this fund at www.wedu.gov.mb.ca/aid/pvi/operating.
$200.00 Supply fee due upon registration.

Tuition Fees for Art Therapy Diploma: $17,900.00
Payment Schedule:
Term 1: $3437 due June 30, 2019
Term 2: $2792 due August 31, 2019
Term 3: $7805 due January 1, 2020
Term 4: $3866 due September 1, 2020

Thesis Completion (extension course) for all Diploma Programs:
Students will be considered graduates following completion of the Practicum as well as having completed and received a passing grade on the final project / thesis. Students requiring insurance beyond the Practicum (end of April of their second year), until such time as they graduate, will be charged $100/hour for supervision from WHEAT. Students extending their Practicum or thesis process beyond the two years (end of June of their second year) will be enrolled in Thesis Completion and charged $1000/year and $100/hour for supervision as needed.

3-Day Drop in Course and fees: $595.00
Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts with with Victoria McIntosh - August 28 - 30, 2019

4-Day Drop in Courses and fees: $735.00
Expressive Arts Therapy and its relation to Psychology and Psychopathology with Kate Donohue- August 8 - 11, 2019
Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts Therapy with Dr. Kate Donohue- July 29 - August 1, 2019

5
- Day Drop in Course and fees: $975.00
Principles of Drama Therapy - February 2020

We are currently in the process of receiving permission to accept International Students. Details TBA.