This course provides students with a firsthand experience of Expressive Arts Therapy and its underlying principles and practice. Students learn to work with visual arts to reveal aspects of felt and lived experiences which are explored directly through imaginative engagement. Other art modalities such as creative writing, theatre, and movement are introduced with the focus being on their interconnectedness. [60hrs]

This course deepens and broadens understanding and application of Expressive Arts Therapy theory and practice with a concentration on movement based expressions. Students develop skills to integrate movement and other art expressions, to work with metaphor and to move images between modalities. Inter-modal and phenomenological perspectives are integrated. [60hrs]

This course introduces participants to the process of drama and storytelling as therapeutic forms, through the enactment of myths, fairy tales and personal stories and through puppetry. It develops skills in working with metaphor and symbol and teaches how choices made within a story structure may reflect our lives; the fears, obstacles, and traumas we need to overcome to heal. [39hrs]

This course delineates how Expressive Arts Therapy can be used to work with clients suffering from trauma. The first part of the course focuses on defining trauma and the antecedents and conditions for its occurrence. The second half describes how Expressive Arts Therapy can be used to recognize and process traumatic material and provide the necessary conditions for healing. [16hrs]

This course utilizes principles of creation and performance to consciously explore and play within a psychological arena where our various perceptions of self and the world are developed. Students learn to engage with the different aspects of the personality through creation of masks, theatre, body work, as well as by engaging with the playfully insightful, honest expression of the Clown. [88hrs]

This course provides a foundation for understanding models of psychotherapy and theories of personality. The development, structure, and functioning of personality, as it applies to pathology, and to fostering change and wellbeing is reviewed. The focus is on the three central approaches: dynamic, behaviouralcognitive, and existential-humanistic. Expressive Arts Therapy principals are contextualized and examined in relation to the theories. [60hrs]

In this course students learn about theoretical and research orientations that address attachment and psychosocial emotional development as they apply to the different stages of life, as well as how application of this knowledge can inform clinical practice. [12hrs]

This course offers an examination of therapeutic themes and develops the skills required to identify therapeutic process and interventions necessary for addressing the needs of specific populations. Students examine foundation topics such as: Family Systems, Mental Health/DSM-IV-R, Loss, and Addictions. Students are required to conduct research in a chosen area and to present this to the class. [36hrs]

In this course students have an opportunity to explore practicum possibilities and to practice applying Expressive Arts Therapy to working with peers. Learning takes place through instructor demonstrations and direct feedback from observations. Ethical standards defining competent practice are examined. [12hrs]

The on-site practicum offers hands-on experience in applying Expressive Arts Therapy in agencies and educational and community settings. Students are required to complete 300 practicum hours. The practicum experience further develops therapeutic competence and lays a foundation for learning about community resources, for making professional connections and working collaboratively. The practicum runs in conjunction with the Practice and Supervision course. [300hrs]

This course supports students in their on-site practicum. It facilitates the integration of class learning into practice and provides opportunities for students to address issues and questions arising from clinical work. Case materials provide the basis for learning about therapeutic themes, clinical practice, therapist self-awareness and the application of Expressive Arts Therapy. [120hrs]