Expressive arts therapy provides an alternative, cooperative and creative approach for amplifying wellness and addressing emotional and psychological difficulties through the therapeutic use of the arts. The work has a firm basis in psychodynamic theory and developmental psychology.  The Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy at the WHEAT Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is an intensive program spanning the course of two summer intensives, and includes online coursework, practicum experience and ongoing supervision.

Graduates of this program will have the training necessary to begin the registration process as professional members of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association as either Registered Expressive Arts Therapists (REAT) or Registered Expressive Arts Consultants (REACE). A Master's degree is required to register as a REAT. REACE candidates may follow the Formal (Master's degree required) or Informal Pathway (combination of work experience and training). See for details or contact WHEAT. 

Note: At a minimum, a Bachelor's degree is required to register for the Expressive Arts Therapy Diploma

IEATA Mission: "The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association supports artists, educators, consultants and therapists using multi-modal arts processes for personal and community transformation. We provide a global forum for dialogue; promote guiding principles for professional practice, and work to increase recognition and use of expressive arts as a powerful tool for psychological, physical and spiritual wellness."

Application deadline: May 31st, 2017 (Course start date August 2017)

For more information, contact WHEAT Institute at or REGISTER HERE.


Requirements: Students with diverse backgrounds will be admitted to this EAT DIploma for professional development training. A combination of education, expressive arts training and work experience prepares one for registration as an Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE). A master’s degree in counselling or an equivalent field is required to pursue accreditation as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT).   

Registration with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) is dependent on qualifications as assessed by IEATA Students who have completed the WHEAT Introduction to EAT and Advanced EAT Certificate Programs are eligible for this Diploma, and will receive credit for coursework already completed.

Note: At a minimum, a Bachelor's degree is required to register for the Expressive Arts Therapy Diploma at WHEAT

Developmental Psychology (3 credits) and Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology (3 credits) must be completed as prerequisites or during the program.

Students will be required to have received at least 15 hours of expresssive arts therapy prior to or during the program as part of their learning.


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 $350).

Courses take place at the St. Norbert Arts Centre and Dragon Arts Collective in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

COURSEWORK 2017-2019 Cohort

Downloadable Course Study Form
  • Distance Diploma Program in Expressive Arts- Program under development. Contact WHEAT Institute for more details.
  • Expressive Arts Studio 1: Working with Individuals, August 6-10th 2017 
  • Expressive Arts Therapy and its relation to Psychology and Psychopathology with Kate Donohue - August 12th - 15th, 2017
  • Working with Trauma: Shattering theTemenos using Expressive Arts with Kate Donohue - August 16-19, 2017
  • Creative Drama – Csilla Przibislawsky, August 28- September 1st, 2017 
    Ethical and Legal Issues in Expressive Arts Therapies - On-line January-April, 2018 
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts with Indigenous WHEAT Facilitators & Darci Adam- July 23- 26, 2018
    Expressive Arts Studio 2: Groups and social justice- August 2-6, 2018
  • Electives: Choose at least one of the following electives and not more than three
  • Principles of Drama Therapy – Armand Volkas, August 23- 27, 2017
    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 to Address Addictions with Karen Wallace-July14-15, 2018 
  • Art Therapy with Families and Groups - July 16 - 17, 2018
  • Art Therapy with Children, Youth and Families- July 19 -20, 2018
  • Research Methods and Final Project Preparation – July 28-29,2018  
    Professional Practice with Darci Adam; Entrepreneurship and Running a Small Business with Indigo Adam-Grant - July 30- 31, 2018
  • Poetry in Expressive Arts Therapy with Di Brandt- August 8- 10, 2018 (24 hours)
    Clowning in Expressive Arts Therapy with David Langdon- August 11-13, 2018 (24 hours)
  • Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy - August 15- 18, 2018  (24 hours)
  • Cultural Competency in Therapeutic Arts- Online Class Wednesdays 7-9:30 September 12th, 2018- November 2th, 2018 (30 hours)
  • Practicum Experience- Ongoing
  • Individual Supervision (as per individual arrangements September 1, 2017 - April, 2019) and Group Supervision (September 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)

    Final Project due April 1, 2019

COURSEWORK 2018-2020 Cohort



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
$200.00 Supply fee due upon registration.

Tuition Fees for Expressive Arts Therapy Diploma: $15,000.00 plus GST
Payment Schedule for Distance EAT students:

Term 1 Payment 1: $2400 plus GST due May 31, 2016; Payment 2 $2580 plus GST due August 15, 2016
Term 2 Payment: $ 3420 plus GST due December 15, 2016
Term 3 Payment: $ 6600 plus GST due May 15, 2017

5- Day Drop in courses and fees: $975.00
Principles of Drama Therapy with Armand Volkas- August 23-27, 2017
Expressive Arts Therapy and its relation to Psychology and Psychopathology with Kate Donohue- August 16-19, 2017

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