Expressive Arts Therapy and Art Therapy Online and Live Courses, Workshops and Events!

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Online/Distance Learning Courses

Looking for continuing education via distance coursework that provides learning about expressive arts therapy and trauma-informed practice? Or do you want to just learn more about arts-based approaches, play therapy, creative intervention, and the expressive arts therapies that are applied in counseling, psychotherapy and integrative healthcare? On this page you will find a list of our current courses; check back often to learn about new courses and opportunities for online, self-directed learning. Our courses are designed for master's and doctoral level mental health professionals and graduate students in mental health and related professions.


Courses are designed to meet continuing education requirements in the US and are 6 hours or 12 hours in length. This means that a 6 hour course should take learners approximately 6 hours to complete the readings, assignments and final exam or short paper. Our participants say that our courses take a little longer to complete than other online offerings because of hands-on assignments and the extensive material that is included in each course offering. You can complete your online courses at your own pace and schedule; you will have one year from the date of registration to complete your courses; if you need an extension to complete your course, please let us know. We try to make your learning interesting by including not only standard quizzes and short answer questions, but also creative arts and play-based activities and podcasts, films and videos so that you can learn first hand about trauma-informed, creative interventions.

Your instructor will read your written assignments and grade your final paper or project as soon as possible and within a day or two of submission, but sometimes it can take up to a week.


At the end of each online course you will receive a Certificate of Completion. You must complete all assignments, quizzes, final exam and/or projects, and the evaluation in order to receive the Certificate. Please use the Contact Form to send us any questions you have about receiving certificates and continuing education credits. To read more about continuing education, please visit the Continuing Education page on this website. Also, please read the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Completing Your Courses. Please note that you will have one year from when you register for a course to complete it. Please also let us know if you are having any technical difficulties in using the Learning Center.


Refund Policy. If you are not satisfied with your course within 7 days of registration, we will issue a refund, minus a small administrative fee. After 7 days from registration, we will issue a credit for the course which can be applied to another online course or live event held by the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. 


Disclaimer. We reserve the right to determine eligibility for registering for online courses, for continuance of participation in enrolled coursework, and removal from course participation when warranted. Upon request, professionals must show evidence of identity and credentials including master's level or higher mental health license [preferred] or professional board certification/registration from a nationally recognized certification/registration agency in one of the creative arts therapies, counseling or play therapy, or equivalent experience. Participants may be asked show evidence of enrollment in a master's level or higher or equivalent course of study before beginning courses. Continuing education credits are available to individuals holding a master's level or higher degree, and a mental health license and/or professional board certification/registration from a nationally recognized credentialing board in the creative arts therapies, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, medicine, or play therapy.


For More Information on Current Live Courses and Workshops 


Please visit the Live Courses and Workshops page for more information. Or place your name on our mailing list at  the Contact page or follow the Institute on Facebook to keep informed about new live courses and online offerings as they are announced. We hold many other workshops and courses through a variety of agencies and organizations. If you are an agency or organization who is interested in a course or workshop, please use the Contact page to send your request. You can also visit the Past Courses | Presentations page to view some of the previous offerings.

About Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Continuing Education Courses. The courses we offer are for continuing education in trauma-informed practice and expressive arts therapy with children, adolescents, adults, families and groups. If you are interested in obtaining a credential in art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy or play therapy, please consult with the various credentials boards or organization in your country to determine what education is required to become a competent practitioner in your state, province or locality. Please be aware that courses do not constitute personal therapy and are educational in nature for continuing education purposes.


For Expressive Arts Therapies, please contact the International Expressive Arts Therapies Association [IEATA] for information on their registration process at Most Institute coursework is designed to apply toward the completion the Registered Expressive Arts Therapist [REAT] designation; please see this page for more information on Expressive Arts Therapy courses.

Purchasing Courses

Once you purchase your course, you will receive an email with information on how to enroll in the course and access the course site. Please be patient; in most cases you will receive a response within 24 hours, but sometimes it takes several days to complete your order due to weekends and holidays.


We use buyer-protected, standard encryption PayPal to allow secure electronic payments. You do not need to have a PayPal account in order to register or pay for your courses and will be given that option when you enter the PayPal website after you place your order.