Many of the participants in the Institute's online, distance learning and live courses are interested in obtaining a credential in Expressive Arts Therapy. This credential is called a REAT, which stands for Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. The organization that provides this credential and sets the standards for obtaining the REAT is the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association [IEATA]; to learn more about IEATA and become a member (highly recommended), you can visit their website at http://www.ieata.org/index.html. You can also download a copy of the REAT Code of Ethics at the bottom of this page.
The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute provides courses that can be applied toward obtaining the REAT, based on the current REAT application standards. Our core faculty all hold a REAT and/or qualified credentials in the expressive arts therapies and clinical licenses. We are also currently working on creating a REAT-supervised internship course for the required internship hours; these hours will be offered through distance supervision via Skype or similar communication platforms.
Most participants in our courses fall into one of the two following eligibility categories [you can also find this information on the IEATA website at http://www.ieata.org/reat-standards-and-requirements.html].
1) A Master’s Degree in Psychology, Educational Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or related mental health discipline.
2) PLUS completion of training in one or several professional Expressive Arts Therapy Institutes (See definition of “Professional Expressive Arts Therapy Institutes” in Document A of the REAT application found at http://www.ieata.org/reat-standards-and-requirements.html. Our core faculty and supervisors hold REATs and/or qualified credentials for purposes of instruction and supervision).
Training in the above-mentioned Expressive Arts Institutes must be documented by a letter of completion from the Institute, sent in a sealed envelope with the signature of an Institute trainer across the seal.
The Institute training must include at least 200 hours of supervised clinical practicum (internship) and 25 hours of individual supervisory sessions or 50 hours of group supervisory sessions or a combination of the two.
3) Demonstration of arts practice and involvement.
1) A Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (music, visual arts, dance, drama, etc.)
2) PLUS completion of training from one or several professional Expressive Arts Therapy Institutes or Programs.
Applicants under this category must have completed a practicum (internship) of at least 500 hours of supervised clinical work and 50 hours of individual supervisory sessions, or 100 hours of group supervisory sessions or a combination of the two from the identified Expressive Arts Training Institute. (See definition of “Professional Expressive Arts Therapy Institutes” in Document A of the REAT application found at http://www.ieata.org/reat-standards-and-requirements.html. Our main faculty and supervisors hold REATs and/or qualified credentials for purposes of instruction and supervision).
3) In addition, three of the four requirements under “General Therapy Competencies” (see http://www.ieata.org/reat-standards-and-requirements.html for more information). Our core faculty and supervisors hold REATs and/or qualified credentials for purposes of instruction and supervision).must be met through continuing education, non-degree or degree courses, or other means, but not from audited courses.
There are other categories and pathways for obtaining the REAT credential; for these options, please visit http://www.ieata.org/reat-standards-and-requirements.html for more information.
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