Expressive Arts Therapy
The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association [IEATA] currently requires 75 hours of learning in the expressive arts therapies [see this page for more information]. We offer an Expressive Arts Therapy courses with an emphasis on Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy approaches [mind-body, somatic, and positive psychology arts-based theory and practice]. Courses taken in Expressive Arts Therapy that can be applied toward meeting the IEATA's requirements; you may also apply specific courses toward the Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One Certificate [see this link for more information]. You can combine these courses with expressive arts therapy courses from other programs such as the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute, Expressive Arts Therapy Summer Institute at Prescott College, and others to meet IEATA's requirements for registration; again, please be sure to contact IEATA for their requirements to understand how you can complete your goals.
If you have completed a masters degree in one of the creative arts therapies [ IEATA Category A] and can document supervised hours in expressive arts, a supervised practicum is not required as part of the certificate. For those learners in Category B or C-- see https://www.ieata.org/reat-standard-requirements ] who have not completed the expressive arts therapy practicum, IEATA has set standards for practicum hours [200 or 500], plus required hours of supervision [25 or 50]; we can provide a list of qualified supervisors who can provide required REAT supervision via Skype or person-to-person. If you are interested in this credential, you should contact IEATA directly to determine your eligibility and what requirements you need to meet.
Please see the Course Catalogue for more information on registration fees.
Expressive Arts Therapy Online Courses Currently Offered:
Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy | History and Foundational Practices--This 6 continuing education credit [CEC] hour course provides an overview and foundation for understanding the theory and practice of expressive arts therapy in mental health, counseling, psychosocial intervention and overall wellness. It also serves as part of the foundational learning in expressive arts therapy for those accumulating credit hours toward Registered Expressive Arts Therapist credential with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Learners will complete a series of short written assignments, quizzes, and hands-on activities to learn more about expressive arts therapy, history of the field and the essential concepts involved in applying approaches to counseling, psychotherapy and arts-based facilitation with children, adolescents, and adults. [6 hours]
Expressive Arts Therapy | Contemporary Approaches to Practice-- This course is part of the foundational learning in the Expressive Arts Therapies with a focus on major contemporary approaches to practice-- Appalachian Approach, Person-Centered Expressive Arts, Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Social Action and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts. Learners will complete a series of short written assignments, quizzes, and hands-on activities to learn more about specific approaches and the essential concepts involved in applying approaches to counseling, psychotherapy and arts-based facilitation with children, adolescents, and adults. Provides 6 hours of continuing education. [6 hours]
Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy-- This is an introduction to the basic concepts of trauma-informed work, trauma-informed expressive arts therapy, and how expressive arts, play therapy and related approaches support trauma recovery using neurodevelopment and mind-body best practices. The emphasis is on how creative interventions support the essential areas of trauma-informed care-- safety, empowerment, resilience, and self-efficacy in the practice of expressive arts therapy with a variety of individuals, groups and settings. Provides 12 hours of continuing education. [12 hours]
Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practices (Part One)-- This is an introduction to four positive factors in trauma integration and recovery: resilience, empathy, gratitude and compassion. The emphasis in this course is on using arts therapies and creative interventions in resilience building, establishing and supporting healthy attachment, and developing empathy. Additional trauma-informed practices including mindfulness and mind-body approaches are introduced to demonstrate their integration with arts therapies principles. Provides 6 hours of continuing education. [6 hours]
Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practices (Part Two) -- building on the concepts in Part One, this course introduces the importance of the practices of gratitude and compassion, including self-compassion, in trauma integration and recovery. The emphasis is on using arts therapies and creative interventions to help individuals of all ages explore positivity as a wellness factor and approach to mediating trauma reactions. Additional trauma-informed practices including mindfulness and mind-body approaches are introduced to demonstrate their integration with arts therapies principles. Provides 6 hours of continuing education. [6 hours]
Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Positive Psychology-- The course covers 1) basic principles of positive psychology; 2) the interface and relationship between positive psychology, art therapy and creativity; 3) neurobiology of positive psychology; 4) the concept of flow and its importance to positivity; 5) compassion, connection, courage and contribution as factors in positivity and wellness; and 6) art-based activities related to the theme of positive psychology. All readings and resources are available online; you will also engage in several hands-on activities, short feedback exercises, and complete a short final exam. Provides 6 hours of continuing education. [6 hours]
Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy with Children and Families--This course is an overview of art therapy, play therapy and creative arts therapies [music therapy, drama therapy and bibliotherapy] in trauma-informed practice with children and families. Course takers will learn why these approaches are essential to trauma intervention with children and families through short response papers and hands-on experience. Creative interventions allow children and families to actively imagine, experiment with, reframe and rehearse desired changes through self-expression; in this course you will learn a wide variety ways to facilitate trauma-informed, creative interventions and learn more about the foundations of these approaches. Provides 6 hours of continuing education. [6 hours]
Yoga and Expressive Arts Therapy-- Focusing on the physical practices of yoga, this course will bring to light the "how" and "why" utilizing a body-based method is important when addressing trauma. One will both learn and experience these concepts though a variety of articles, films, and research, all provided within this course. Yoga is presented as a body-based approach to building resilience and self-regulation with consideration for trauma-informed methods in counseling and expressive arts therapy. Provides 6 hours of continuing education. [6 hours].