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. For more information about becoming a registered member of CATA, click here.

Application process and deadlines for Art Therapy Diploma Program: May 31st, 2017 (Course start date July 1st, 2017)

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

TESTIMONIALS:

"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

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 for  information about requirements for professional and for registration as a Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT).  www.canadianarttherapy.org.

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: April 1st, 2016 (Course start date July 1, 2016). 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 $150 plus materials fee of $200 are due upon acceptance and signing of the Tuition Contract (Total $575).

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

COURSEWORK 2016-2018 Cohort

Downloadable Course Study Form
  • Art Therapy Counselling Skills and Techniques –  with Karen Wallace - July 1-5, 2016
    Art Therapy Assessment & Field Research (Working with Symbols) - with Karen Wallace – July 6-8, 2016
    Working with Trauma, July 9-10th, 2016 - with Karen Wallace 
  • Art Therapy Studio/Practicum Skills with Carmela Wade, Sandra Brown, & Darci Adam First Saturdays 9-5 - September - June, 2016-17
    Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts with Indigenous WHEAT Facilitators & Darci Adam  - First Sundays 10-5 - September - June
  • Art Therapy History and Theory – Reading Group On-line Class Wednesdays 7-9:30 - September 21, 2016 - December 7, 2016 with Christine Lummis
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in Art Therapy – On-line Class Wednesdays January 11th - April 5th, 2017 with Christine Lummis
  • Art Therapy Electives - 1 elective required for program completion:
  • Expressive Arts Therapy and its Relation to Psychopathology and Developmental Psychology - August 12-15, 2017 with Dr. Kate Donohue
    Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts Therapy - August16-19, 2017 with Dr. Kate Donohue
    Principles of Drama Therapy – August 2018 with Armand Volkas 
  • Special Populations:
  • All courses in special populations are required courses
  • Art Therapy to Address Addictions with Karen Wallace – July 23-24, 2017
  • Art Therapy with Groups with Darci Adam – July 25-26, 2017
  • Art Therapy with Children, Youth and Families with Darci Adam – July 28-29, 2017
  •  Art Therapy with Seniors with Christine Lummis, July 30-31st, 2017
  • Cultural Competency in Counselling - Online Class Wednesdays 7-9:30 September 13th, 2017- November 29th, 2017 with Christine Lummis
    Research Methods and Final Project Preparation – August 3-4, 2017    
  • Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice with Indigo Adam-Grant and Darci Adam - August 5-6, 2017
  • Group Supervision September 2016- April 1, 2018
    Individual Supervision Ongoing 
  • Practicum Experience – Ongoing throughout program to April 1, 2018
    Final Project due April 1, 2018
  • COURSEWORK 2017-2019 COHORT

    Downloadable Course Study Form
    Art Therapy Counselling Skills and Techniques - July 11-15, 2017 with Karen Wallace
    Art Therapy Assessment & Field Research (Working with Symbols) - July 17-19, 2017 with Karen Wallace
    Working with Trauma, July 20-21, 2017 - with Karen Wallace 
    Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts with Indigenous WHEAT Facilitators & Darci Adam- July 23- July 26, 2017

    Art Therapy Electives: 1 elective required for program completion
    Expressive Arts Therapy and its relation to Psychology and Psychopathology - August 12-15, 2017 with Dr. Kate Donohue
    Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts Therapy - August16-19, 2017 with Dr. Kate Donohue
    Principles of Drama Therapy- August 2018 with Armand Volkas

    Art Therapy Studio/Practicum Skills with WHEAT Facilitators and Darci Adam 4 long weekends including:
    Focusing: November 10th-13th, 2017 with Karen Wallace
    Practicum Skills: February 16th-19th, 2018 with Darci Adam
    Art & Expressive Arts Therapy Studio 1: November 9th-12th, 2018 with Darci Adam & WHEAT Facilitators
    Art & Expressive Arts Therapy Studio 2: February 15th-19th, 2019 with Darci Adam & WHEAT Facilitators

    Art Therapy History and Theory – On-line Class Wednesdays 7- 9:30 PM - September 13 - November 29, 2018 with Christine Lummis
    Ethical & Legal Issues in Art and Expressive Arts Therapy – On-line Class Wednesdays January 10th - April 4th, 2018 with Christine Lummis 
    Cultural Competency in Counselling - Online Class Wednesdays 7-9:30 September 12th - November 2th, 2018

    Special Populations:  All courses in special populations are required courses
    Art Therapy to Address Addictions with Karen Wallace – July 14-15th, 2018
    Art Therapy with Groups with Darci Adam – July 16-17th, 2018
    Art Therapy with Children, Youth and Families with Darci Adam – July 19-20th, 2018
    Art Therapy with Seniors with Christine Lummis, July 21- 22nd, 2018

    Research Methods and Final Project Preparation – July 28-29th, 2018         
    Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice with Indigo Adam-Grant and Darci Adam - July 30-31, 2018
    Group Supervision September 2017- April 1, 2019
    Individual Supervision and Practicum Experience –Ongoing throughout program to April 1, 2019

    Final Project due April 1, 2019

COURSE FEE INFORMATION

All Diploma programs

$225.00 Registration fee (Deposit deducted from tuition fees)
$150.00 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 plus GST Supply fee due upon registration.

Tuition Fees for Art Therapy Diploma: $15,000.00 Payment Schedule:

Term 1: Payment 1: $4275 due May 31st, 2017; Payment 2: $2070 due August 15, 2017
Term 2: $5730 due January 7th, 2018 
Term 3 $2700 due September 7th, 2018

4-Day Drop in Course and fees: $735.00
Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts with Indigenous WHEAT facilitators and Darci Adam- July 23- 26, 2018
Expressive Arts Therapy and its relation to Psychology and Psychopathology with Kate Donohue- August 12-15, 2017
Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts Therapy with Dr. Kate Donohue- August 16-19, 2017

5
- Day Drop in courses and fees: $975.00
Principles of Drama Therapy with Armand Volkas- August 2018

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