These professional development courses are valuable to anyone wishing to integrate the arts into their personal or professional practice, including school counsellors, therapists, healers, coaches, educators, resource teachers, elders, clergy and artists.

You may register for single courses. Select Certificate and Diploma courses are also open for drop-in registration - look for the (PD Drop-In Option) designation beside these class names. Click on "Program Fee Information" below for individual course fees. Our PD Drop-In courses are open to American and International students.

Program Fee Information

Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts

Kate Donohue, Ph.D., REAT, Licensed Psychologist

Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts workshop will introduce participants to the experience of trauma and how to address it as an expressive arts therapist. 

This workshop will also introduce the traditional definition and theory of trauma, brain research in relationship to trauma, the stages of trauma and indigenous healing practices that address trauma, i.e. expressive arts therapy .In addition, you will explore the Jungian understanding of trauma and how it interlaces with expressive. The workshop will include an intuitive and didactic understanding of these aspects through readings, arts and written assignments and multi-arts processes.

Summer 2019!

Expressive Arts Therapy and It's relationship to Psychopathology and developmental Psychology

Kate Donohue, Ph.D., REAT, Licensed Psychologist

Expressive Arts Therapy and it's relation to Psychology and Psychopathology course introduces participants to the archetypal and developmental approaches to character/personality development using mythological themes that underline human development and the complexes that create the psychopathology framework. The hope is to enliven this exploration by utilizing an innovative Jungian expressive arts framework to explore the traditional framework. 

Participants will also be introduced to art as healing from an indigenous perspective including discussion of traditional symbolic cross-cultural healing practices and concepts of healing and wellness; the origins of the arts as a diagnostic tool from traditional perspectives, complexes as a healing function and the use of multi-arts processes to address the healing of developmental, traumatic and cultural wounding’

Summer 2019!

Principles of Drama Therapy

July 23, 2018

July 24, 2018

July 25, 2018

July 26, 2018

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

Drama therapy uses acting improvisation and psychodrama as therapeutic tools. It is playful yet insightful and promotes spontaneity, creativity and expressiveness. Principles of Drama Therapy workshop will provide participants with an experience of being in a drama therapy group. A variety of drama therapy techniques will be utilized, including improvisation, acting techniques, psychodrama, sociodrama, Developmental Transformation (DvT), Playback Theatre and creative ritual. 

Principles of Drama Therapy fulfill the requirement for The North American Association for the Drama Therapy Alternate Training Program. This course fulfills the Principles of Drama Therapy requirement for those interested in becoming a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT).

Poetry in Expressive Arts Therapy

August 8, 2018

August 9, 2018

August 10, 2018

Instructor: Di Brandt, Winnipeg's 1st Poet Laureate. 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. In this three-day workshop, we will explore formal and expressive elements of poetic creation inspired by witty, stylish examples of the contemporary long poem as it is practiced in Canada at present. Our name for this unique genre is the "multi-genre, multimedia disjunctive poetic narrative dream text." The form typically employs short fragments of lyric, data and word play, interspersed with visual images, gathered together to make a longer sequence.

Clowning in Expressive Arts Therapy

August 11, 2018

August 12, 2018

August 13, 2018

Instructor: David Langdon. Throughout history and the world, there has always been a close connection between clowns and healers. Although this connection has existed in such diverse environments as Ancient Greece, First Nations cultures of North America, and courts of Medieval Europe; therapeutic clowning as a specific profession did not originate until 1986 when two separate programs began in Winnipeg and New York City. This course introduces the student to the art of clown in general and to therapeutic clowning specifically. The course will be primarily in workshop format; supplemented with some lecture, reading and video media. Students will engage in basic “clown play”, and begin to explore the relationship between clown, the pleasure of play, and sharing this pleasure with one's audience. Videos will be used to introduce students a variety clown styles and approaches.

Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy

August 15, 2018

August 16, 2018

August 17, 2018

Instructor: Tanja Woloshen. Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy will provide students with an introductory sampling of theory and movement applications, stemming from Western and Eastern influences, intended for personal practice, and workplace. Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy will introduce students to Yoga, Contemplative Movement, Contemporary Dance Improvisation, Trance Dance, Butoh, and 5 Rhythms. Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy will provide students with challenging, restorative, and creative movement experiences. This is a studio class; mostly lessons will be physical explored.

Indigenous Ways of Knowing Through the Arts

August 19, 2018

August 20, 2018

August 21, 2018

August 22, 2018

Indigenous WHEAT Facilitators & Darci Adam, MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT

Indigenous ways of Knowing through the Arts workshop offer participants exposure to a local Indigenous world view through Indigenous art and personal art-making. Explore methodologies, concepts, cultural perspectives, ceremony and art forms of Indigenous people of Manitoba.

In addition, explore how art can assist in the reconciliation process as a tool for healing, self-understanding and dialogue. 

This workshop is approved by the Manitoba College of Social Workers.

The Art of Sacred Play

August 27, 2018

August 28, 2018

August 29, 2018

August 30, 2018

August 31, 2018

Linda Manitowabi and Lance Brunner

The Art of Sacred Play: Dharma & Indigenous Teachings Through Meditation & Contemplative Art Practice is a 5-day experiential art, play and spiritual practice workshop with Linda Manitowabi and Lance Brunner. Participants will be immersed in the Indigenous Anishinaabe and Shambhala-Buddhist worldviews through art-making and experiential learning - being guided through prayer, meditation and contemplative art activities in music, calligraphy, movement and poetry. The full cost includes meals and accommodations.

Join us August 27-31, 2018 at Windy Hill Retreat Centre near Traverse Bay Corners on East Lake Winnipeg. Please click HERE for the registration form. Registration inquires and forms are to be sent to

Focus Centred Art Therapy

November 9, 2018

November 10, 2018

November 11, 2018

November 12, 2018

Karen Wallace M.Ed., BCATR, Focusing Instructor, EMLP

Focussed Centred Art Therapy course introduces the process of Focusing as used in Art Therapy. Participants willl practice and explore how to use Focused Centred Art Therapy with different populations and groups and guide them into body awareness using facilitative and invitational language. Focusing is a way of listening to the wisdom of the body, working with the felt sense, and increasing presence. Art Therapy facilitates the ability to be in the creative realm and access healing imagery and wisdom. Combining these two therapies allows  to befriend the inner experience, express it and move forward into change.