Expressive Arts Therapy electives offer an exciting opportunity to experience WHEAT courses with our most senior mentor instructors. Choose from select summer diploma courses, including courses in Poetry, Clowning, Movement, Drama Therapy or Expressive Arts Therapy with Kate Donohue.
(6 credit hours U of W)
Studio Dates: July 16 - 20 and 22 - 26, 2019
Explore the theoretical foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy and learn hands-on strategies for healing through art-making, drama, music, writing and movement.
The curriculum will cover expressive arts strategies for use in school counseling and private therapy practice. Discover the role of expressive arts in modern therapeutic environments and actively participate in arts activities that can be used as critical counseling interventions for children and youth.
(3 credit hours U of W – pre-requisite for Practicum)
Practicum Dates: November 16, December 14, 2019, January 11, February 8, March 7, 2020
Further develop your toolbox of expressive arts therapy skills in this applied counselling course. Students may use work or personal settings to bring forth case studies. This course serves as a Pre-Requisite to the Practicum Course in the U of W PBDE Program.
(6 Credit Hours U of W) December 2019 – April 2020 (five weekends + final weekend for presentations)
* You may register for any individual weekend (2-day) workshop listed below.
Personal and Professional Practice explore specific expressive arts interventions for personal growth as you deepen your understanding of how art heals. This training is relevant for use in schools, agencies, recreation settings, private practice and for self-care.
In addition to focusing on specific facets of expressive arts therapy – such as Indigenous ways of knowing through the arts, mindfulness and movement – you will develop the skills needed to facilitate group and individual expressive arts interventions.
In this segment of the Expressive Art Therapy Certificate class for Personal and Professional Practice participants will gain insights into the nature of mindfulness as they are guided in expressive arts processes that awaken them to the present moment, and open them to new insights that arise. Participants will experience the therapeutic value of art making as Mindfulness first hand through engaging in expressive arts modalities and intermodal processes that draw on breath meditations, visual arts, writing, movement, and sharing. Practical knowledge about how to plan sessions for groups, work from a person-centered approach with people’s art, and art making ideas to integrate into their personal and professional lives will be interwoven throughout this experience. This course will assist people in understanding the possibilities in combining art and mindfulness, and help them become responsible, trustworthy guides of this work.
December 7-8, 2019
"This course was a space that allowed openness to new experiences that resulted in a feeling of more freedom, connection to people and tools that provided more confidence to help others do the same." - Judy M. WHEAT ExAT Certificate 2017
Poetry is a vibrant and powerful expressive language, practiced in cultures around the globe from ancient times to the present. Poetry draws on multiple levels of experience, desire and inspiration, and engages us on many levels at once, from the sensory and the emotional to the visionary. Reading/hearing and writing/creating poetry can be profoundly transformative experiences, and are accessible at many different ages and skill levels.
In this two-day workshop, we will explore formal and expressive elements of poetic creation through reading, writing and performance exercises, with specific attention to (inter)cultural and (inter)personal influences and resonances. Over the course of the weekend, we will develop a repertoire of playful, creative, fun approaches to transformative poetic expression. Among other approaches, we will explore imagism, surrealism, ghazals and lament.
January 18-19, 2020
"An amazing weekend full of dialogue, big idea sharing and lots of heart!" - Tristin W. WHEAT ExAT Certificiate 2017
Play and playfulness is an essential component of Drama. This two-day workshop helps students develop their creative imagination, self-expression, self-knowledge, and social relatedness through active participation in a variety of improvised dramatic activities. Students will become more comfortable with engaging in improvisation techniques and facilitating improvisation for others. The place and use of drama games will also be explored, as an important method of helping group members warm up both to drama and to other group members. This workshop is ideal for those wishing to learn more ways of incorporating drama into their teaching or guidance counsellor practice. The line between drama for creative expression and drama for the purpose of therapy will also be explored.
February 22-23, 2020
"A joyful, heartfelt connecting to self and other in the context of facilitating drama activities for classroom and community groups in a gently therapeutic way." - Janine T. WHEAT ExAT Certificate 2017
This two-day workshop will explore Indigenous perspectives through art by using dialogue, sharing land base knowledge, and creating a personal connection to Spirit while creating a small piece of artwork from items that you have a personal connection/association with.
Victoria McIntosh, Indigenous Artist and Educator
March 14-15, 2020
"A privilege I wish could be shared by many in my community." - Heather (PD registration)
Being Butoh Body will provide students with a variety of experiential dynamics, intended to develop movement potential, and body-mind consciousness. Being Butoh Body will largely draw from contemporary Japanese dance techniques that utilize core-work, stamina, mindfulness, ecology, and internal imagery. Being Butoh Body will provide students with an innovative, challenging, and inspiring dance experiences. This is a studio class, and will be in a warm-up, exercise, and sweat format.
This course is designed to engage students with a process-oriented, body knowledge approach to experiential transformation. Through movement exploration, students will gain foundational tools to experience and facilitate body-mind expression. To succeed in this course, students will bravely explore, and share embodied material with rigor and curiosity, and include written articulations to foster personal growth, self-discipline and collective spirit.
April 25-26, 2020
"Tanja is a gifted dancer and instructor of dance. She will inspire you to use movement as a way of connecting to the natural world, the cosmos, and to your inner self." - Kathy S. WHEAT ExAT Certificate 2017