“Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Through drama, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced.” North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) Drama therapy is an internationally recognized tool for personal and community development using active and experiential theatre techniques to facilitate personal growth, do trauma work, and promote mental health.

The Diploma in Drama Therapy at the WHEAT Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is an intensive program spanning the course of two summer intensives, online coursework, practicum experience and ongoing supervision. Graduates of this program may put their coursework towards the requirements to become a Registered Drama Therapist with the NADTA.

Application deadline for Drama Therapy: March 31st, 2016 (Course start date July 11th, 2016). Late applications will be considered based on space availability.

Current and upcoming course dates are available on our Google Calendar

For more information about Drama Therapy, contact WHEAT Institute at info@wheatinstitute.com or REGISTER HERE.


Master’s degree in counselling, or an equivalent field. Students with diverse backgrounds will be admitted for professional development training. Previous courses taken through MA and/or in addition to MA degree should consist of Developmental Psychology (3 credits), Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology (3 credits), Theories of Personality (3 credits) and Group Dynamics or Advanced Counselling Techniques (3 credits).


Application deadline: January 15th, 2016 (Course start date July 11th, 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 experience in drama/theatre and are expected to have experience in clinical, rehabilitative and/or educational settings.

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 by March 1, 2015. Training completion fund of $150 plus materials fee of $500 are due upon acceptance and signing of the Tuition Contract (Total $650).

COURSEWORK 2017-2019 Cohort

o Principles of Drama Therapy – Armand Volkas, August 23-27, 2017 (40 hours)

o Creative Drama – Csilla Przibislawsky, August 28-September 1st, 2017 (40 hours)

o Assessment and Treatment in Drama Therapy – August 2018

o Playback Theatre - Armand Volkas, August 2018

Drama Therapy with Special Populations – Csilla Przibslawsky, August 2018

oPsychodrama – Dr. Kate Hudgins, August 2018

o Research in Drama Therapy – Susan Ward, Sept – Dec 2017 (on-line)

o Legal Issues in Creative Arts Therapies – TBD, Jan – April 2018 (on-line)  

o Cultural Competency in Creative Arts Therapies September - December 2018 (on-line)

o Research Methods and Final Project/Thesis 

o Practicum Experience - ongoing

o Group and Individual Supervision - ongoing


All Diploma programs

$225.00 Registration fee (Deposit deducted from tuition fees)
$180.00 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 Drama Therapy Diploma:

$18,000.00 plus GST Payment Schedule:
Term 1: Payment 1: $4275 plus GST due May 6th, 2016; Payment 2: $2070 plus GST due May 31st, 2016
Term 2: $5730 plus GST due January 7th, 2017
Term 3 $5700 plus GST due September 7th, 2017

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