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, 2019 (courses start summer 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:

Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts - August 19-22, 2018
Focus Centred Art Therapy - November 9-12, 2018

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: May 31st, 2019 (courses start summer 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 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 History and Theory – On-line Class Mondays 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
  • Art Therapy Electives - Maximum 2
  • 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
    ExAT Studio 1 - Expressive Arts Theory and Practice 8 day immersion in Sioux Lookout July 10-17, 2018 with Linda Manitowabi, Tanja Woloshen and Darci Adam. Accommodations TBA.
    Principles of Drama Therapy – July 23-26, 2018
  • Special Populations:
  • All courses in special populations are required courses:
  • Art Therapy to Address Addictions – July 14-15th, 2018
  • Art Therapy with Groups with Christine Lummis – July 16-17th, 2018
  • Art Therapy with Children, Youth and Families – July 19 - 20th, 2018
  •  Art Therapy with Seniors with Christine Lummis, July 21-22nd, 2018
  • 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 16th-19th, 2019 with Darci Adam & WHEAT Facilitators
  • Research Methods and Final Project Preparation – TBD throughout the school year
           
    Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice with Indigo Adam-Grant and Darci Adam - July 28-29, 2018
  • Group Supervision September 2017- April 2019

    Individual Supervision and Practicum Experience –Ongoing throughout program to April  2019
    The minimum requirement for all practicums is 700 hours with at least 350 hours involving direct client contact.
  • Final Project due May 2019 *with a final group weekend held in June 2019 and graduation to follow in the summer.
  • 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 with Karen Wallace

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

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

    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 9 - April 3, 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 4 long weekends including:  
             
    Focusing: November 9 - 12, 2018 with Karen Wallace (PD Drop-In Option)       
    Practicum Skills: February 15 - 18, 2019 with Darci Adam           
    Art & Expressive Arts Therapy Studio 1: November 8-11, 2019 with Darci Adam & WHEAT Facilitators           
    Art & Expressive Arts Therapy Studio 2: February 14 - 18, 2020 with Darci Adam & WHEAT Facilitators

    Art Therapy Electives: Maximum 2

    Expressive Arts and its relation to Psychopathology & developmental Psychology- August 2019 with Dr.Kate Donohue
    Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts Therapy - August 2019 with Dr.Kate Donohue
    Principles of Drama Therapy - August 2019 with Armand Volkas

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

    Art Therapy to Address Addictions with Karen Wallace – 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 - TBD throughout the school year

    Entrepreneurship & Professional Practice - July 27-28, 2019

    Supervision (Individual & Group) - September 2018 - April 2020

    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.

    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, 2018 
Term 2: $2792 due August 31, 2018
Term 3: $7805 due January 7, 2019
Term 4: $3866 due September 2, 2019

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.

4-Day Drop in Course and fees: $735.00

Focus Centred Art Therapy with Karen Wallace - November 9-12, 2018 
Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts with Indigenous WHEAT facilitators and Darci Adam- August 19-22, 2018
Expressive Arts Therapy and its relation to Psychology and Psychopathology with Kate Donohue- August 2019
Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts Therapy with Dr. Kate Donohue- August 2019

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.