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. To support the application of these skills in diverse work settings students will receive 30 hours of group supervision during 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.

Downloadable course of study form (2018 - 2019) 

Registration is open for the 2019 Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate! Apply before April 30, 2019
Starting this July with EAT Studio I with Marg Janick-Grayston and Studio II with Dohee Lee.
Downloadable course of study form (2019 - 2020) *Please note weekend class dates may be subject to change.

Please contact if you have any questions.

"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
Program Fee Information

Elective Choices

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.

Practicum Skills

November 17, 2018

5 Saturdays starting in November 2018

March 16, 2019

(3 credit hours U of W – pre-requisite for Practicum) November 2018 - March 2019 (five Saturdays)

Practicum Dates: November 17, December 8, 2018, January 12, February 23, March 16, 2019

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 Studio: Theory and Practice

November 18, 2018

8 Sundays/weekends, coupled with Practicum Skills

April 27, 2019

(6 credit hours U of W) 

Studio Dates: November 18, December 9, 2018, January 13, February 24, March 17, April 6-7, April 27, 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.

Course Outline: EAT Theory and Practice

Darci Adam MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT

Expressive Arts Therapy: Personal and Professional Practice

December 1, 2018

5 weekends

April 13, 2019

(6 Credit Hours U of W) December 2018 – April 2019 (five weekends) * 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.

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 15-16, 2018

"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 5-6, 2019

"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 2-3, 2019

"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.

Linda Manitowabi, Cultural and Ojibwe Language teacher and Art Therapist

March 2-3, 2019

"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 13-14, 2019

"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