Manitoba and Saskatchewan

This 200+ hour Expressive Arts Certificate program offers an introduction to the theory and practice of merging therapy and the arts. This training is relevant for School Counselors, Resource Teachers, Clinicians, Therapists, and Clergy wishing to add the expressive arts to their tool kits, as well as for Artists with therapeutic intentions with their work. Through their own active engagement in the arts, participants will explore the language of symbol through the lens of child and adolescent development. Students will learn to apply their skills in their work settings through the Practicum Skills course. The program is made up of three compulsory courses and one elective. Register for the full program or individual courses.

University of Winnipeg students may receive up to 15 credit hours of this training in their
Post Baccalaureate in Education. Course hours can be used towards registration with IEATA as professional members.

Requirements: professional arts based practice or a Bachelors degree in a related field (such as counselling, education, social work, fine arts, or psychology), along with some arts practice. Entry as Artist / Work Experience (individuals using arts therapeutically in personal or community contexts) or as Academic / Educator (post baccalaureate students or therapists / educators wishing to add arts to their toolkit). Registration as Artist / Work Experience does not require any prior academic training, but students are expected to complete all the readings and assignments with their cohort. APA is required for the Academic route.

We are accepting registrations for the 2019 Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate! Apply before July 5, 2019

Downloadable course of study form 2019 - 2020 in Manitoba *Please note weekend class dates may be subject to change.

Downloadable course of study form 2019 - 2020 in Saskatchewan *Please note this schedule is subject to some minor changes as we finalize the program. We do want to note that the Expressive Arts Certificate program in Saskatchewan is pending enrollment. Should we not receive enough registrations for this summer students will be invited to join us in Winnipeg. Lana Whiskeyjack's course (Expressive Arts Studio II) July 3 - 6 will run no matter what, so students can still complete this course. Expressive Arts Studio I will be offered in Winnipeg July 16 - 20.

"I am counted among a small handful of folks who were part of the first U of W & WHEAT Institute PBDE cooperative program in School Counselling and Expressive Arts Therapy. I could not have done this re-entry into the world of academia without the yummy goodness that was the experiential, immersive programming at WHEAT. It was what I'd describe as, 'A Scrumptious Education!'"
-Kim Zeglinski U of W / WHEAT PBDE Program, 2014-2016

“Every WHEAT learning opportunity provides me with knowledge and strategies that I can immediately implement with my students.  I have witnessed a marked difference in my students’ success and mostly in my ability to help them on their healing journey.  WHEAT learning is the perfect balance of theory and practical experiences. This immersive learning experiences is refreshing and empowering!”
- Expressive Arts Certificate student, 2018 - 2019
Program Fee Information

Elective Choices

6 weekends

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.

Marg Janick Grayston MDiv Certified, Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, Spiritual Mentor; Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline RSW, RCAT; Darci Adam MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT

Expressive Arts Therapy Studio: Theory and Practice

July 16, 2019

Expressive Arts Studio I with Marg Janick Grayston & Expressive Arts Studio II with Fyre Jean Graveline

July 26, 2019

(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.

Marg Janick Grayston MDiv Certified, Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, Spiritual Mentor; Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline RSW, RCAT; Darci Adam MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT

Practicum Skills

November 16, 2019

5 Saturdays starting in November 2019

March 7, 2020

(3 credit hours U of W – pre-requisite for Practicum) 

Practicum Dates: November 16, December 14, 2019, January 11, February 1, 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.

Darci Adam MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT

Expressive Arts Therapy: Personal and Professional Practice

December 7, 2019

6 weekends

April 25, 2020

(6 Credit Hours U of W) December 2019 – April 2020 (six weekends) 

* You may register for any individual weekend (2-day) workshop listed below.

Students will develop strategies to work therapeutically with the arts through leadership by experts in mindfulness, movement, drama and music.

Weekend 1: Art making as Mindfulness

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. 

Marg Janick Grayston, MDiv Certified, Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, Spiritual Mentor

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


Weekend 2: Poetry

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.  

Di Brandt, BA Hons, M.A, PhD

January 18-19, 2020

"An amazing weekend full of dialogue, big idea sharing and lots of heart!" - Tristin W. WHEAT ExAT Certificiate 2017


Weekend 3: Creative Drama

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.

Csilla Przibislawsky, M.A. (C.A.T), RDT, CCC, Drama Therapist

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


Weekend 4: Exploring Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives through Art

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)

Weekend 5: Movement: Being Butoh Body

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.

Tanja Woloshen, MFA Performance Studies, Dance Artist/Movement Specialist

April 18-19, 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

Weekend 6: Music in Expressive Arts

NEW - course information coming soon!

Instructor TBD

April 25-26, 2020

Marg Janick Grayston MDiv Certified, Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, Spiritual Mentor; Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline RSW, RCAT; Darci Adam MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT