Manitoba and Saskatchewan


The Dual Diploma at WHEAT Institute is an intensive program spanning the course of two - three summer intensives, online coursework over 16 months, practicum experience, and ongoing supervision. Complete all of our courses in a combined program to receive diplomas in both Art Therapy and Expressive Arts! This is a 700+ hour program. Students will complete the Art Therapy practicum requirement of 700 hours and Expressive Arts practicum requirement of 200 hours.

Art therapy provides an alternative, cooperative and creative approach for addressing emotional and psychological difficulties with a firm basis in psychodynamic theory and developmental psychology. WHEAT Institute meets the Educational Standards of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA). Graduates will have the necessary requirements to join CATA as professional members and to work towards registration as Registered Canadian Art Therapists (RCAT). CATA standards currently require that students have a minimum of a Bachelor degree to enroll in an approved art therapy program. Students with related Bachelor and Masters' degrees may be eligible to enroll with completion of an Equivalency Assessment. A Master's degree may be required by certain agencies in order to bill as a therapist.

Expressive arts therapy provides an alternative, cooperative and creative approach for amplifying wellness and addressing emotional and psychological difficulties through the therapeutic use of the arts. The work has a firm basis in psychodynamic theory and developmental psychology. Graduates of this program will have the training necessary to begin the registration process as professional members of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association as either Registered Expressive Arts Therapists (REAT) or Registered Expressive Arts Consultants (REACE). A Master's degree is required to register as a REAT. REACE candidates may follow the Formal (Master's degree required) or Informal Pathway (combination of work experience and training). Work hours completed as part of an educational requirement (practicum, internship) can be accepted if they meet all requirements for work experience. A maximum of 200 hours may be earned in this manner. IEATA will accept work experience that may have happened prior to or simultaneous with an educational program.100 hours of work experience may be accepted for expressive arts research and articles and publications under the category of Research and Publications, this will include hours of work students spend on their final research projects outside of class contact time with instructors.

Application process and deadlines for the Dual Diploma Program: We are accepting registrations through June 2019 permitted space availability.

For more information contact WHEAT Institute at info@wheatinstitute.com


Requirements: A Bachelor's or Master’s degree is required in counselling, social work, fine arts, or psychology or an equivalent field with an Equivalency Assessment completed to determine equivalencies. Students with diverse backgrounds will be admitted for professional development training. Prerequisites include Developmental Psychology (3 credits) and Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology (3 credits). This work may also be completed during the course of study.

As part of their learning process students will be required to have received art therapy prior to or during the program for 25 hours. Students will be required to demonstrate ongoing engagement in the arts as part of the Studio Art requirement.


Application deadlines: We are accepting registrations through June 2019 permitted space availability.  

Application process: Applicants are selected based on past academic records, a 500-word letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants must also submit: Documentation of previous art-making experience (and are expected to have experience in clinical, rehabilitative and/or educational settings), current Resume, Child abuse registry and Criminal record check. Registration fee of $225 is due at that time. A selection committee will interview potential students. Confirmation of acceptance to the Diploma Program will occur within two weeks of application.

Training completion fund of $189 plus materials fee of $200 are due upon acceptance and signing of the Student Enrollment Contract.

Manitoba courses are held at the St. Norbert Arts Center and Arthur St. Studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Saskatchewan courses are held at Ancient Spirals Retreat 10 minutes south of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

COURSEWORK 2019-2022 Cohort

Downloadable Course of Study Form

* Please note these course dates are subject to change. Classes take place in Winnipeg unless noted as "online".

Orientation -July 2, 2019

Art Therapy Counselling Skills and Techniques - July 3 – 7, 2019

Art Therapy Assessment and Field Research - July 9 -11, 2019

Working with Trauma using Art Therapy - July 12 – 13, 2019

Expressive Arts Studio 1: Theory and Practice - July 16 – 19, 2019

Expressive Arts Studio 2 - July 22 – 25, 2019

Research Methods & Final project preparation (Day 1) - July 27, 2019

Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Art Therapy - August 3 – 6, 2019 or Summer 2021

Expressive Arts Therapy and its relation to Psychopathology & Developmental Psychology - August 8 – 11, 2019 or Summer 2021

Indigenous ways of Knowing through the Arts - August 13 – 15, 2019

Art and Expressive Arts Therapy History and Theory - Sept – Nov 2019 (On-line Mondays)

Cree Language Sept – Nov 2019; Jan – April 2020; Sept – Nov 2020; and Jan – April 2021 (On-line for 1 hour/week for 10 weeks per term)

Art Therapy Studio Group Process (On-line 2 hours each) - November 2019, December 2019, January 2020, February 2020, April 2020

Practicum Skills & Group Supervision - November 2019 – March 2020 (5 Saturdays)

Focus Centred Art Therapy - November 8 – 11, 2019

Ethical and Legal Issues in Art and Expressive Art Therapy - Jan – April 2020 (On-line Wednesdays)

Principles of Drama Therapy - February 14-17, 2020

Poetry in Expressive Arts Therapy - Summer 2020

Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy- Summer 2020

Music in Expressive Arts Therapy - Summer 2020

Clowning in Expressive Arts Therapy - Summer 2020

Art Therapy to Address Addictions - Summer 2020

Art Therapy with Groups - Summer 2020

Art Therapy with Children, Youth and Families - Summer 2020

Art therapy with Seniors - Summer 2020

Research Methods & Final project preparation (Day 2) - Summer 2020

Entrepreneurship & Professional Practice - Summer 2020

Cultural Competencies in the therapeutic use of Arts - Sept – November 2020 (On-line Wednesdays)

Art Therapy Studio Group Process (On-line 2 hours each) - November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, April 2021

Art Therapy Studio - February 2021

Final Project / Academic Support ongoing throughout program until May 2022

Supervision-Individual - Sept 2019 - April 2022

Supervision – Group - Sept 2019 – April 2022

Practicum Experience ongoing throughout program until April 2022
Minimum requirement is 700 hours with at least 350 hours involving direct client contact for the Art Therapy requirement and 200 hours of direct client contact, for the Expressive Arts requirement. Total of 900 hours.

Final Project (Thesis/Research Paper for Art Therapy and Project for Expressive Arts) due May 2022 *with graduation to follow in November 2022

Closure Studio Weekend - June 2022


There is no GST on any of our tuition or course fees. All fees are listed in Canadian (CAD) dollars.

All Diploma programs:
$225.00 Registration fee  
$189.00 Training completion fund due upon registration. See details of the purpose of this fund at www.wedu.gov.mb.ca/aid/pvi/operating
$200.00 Supply fee due upon registration.
$50.00 Graduation fee due in final term.

Tuition Fees for Dual Diploma: contact info@wheatinstitute.com

Payment Schedule is calculated on the course hours completed in the given time. An estimate will be provided to students upon acceptance.
Term 1 due June 1, 2019
Term 2 due September 30, 2019
Term 3 due January 31, 2020
Term 4 due June 1, 2020
Term 5 due September 30, 2020
Term 6 due January 31, 2021
Term 7 due June 1, 2021
Term 8 due September 30, 2021

Thesis Completion (extension course) for all Diploma Programs: Students will be considered graduates following completion of the Practicum as well as having completed and received a passing grade on the final project / thesis. Students requiring insurance beyond the Practicum (end of April of their second year), until such time as they graduate, will be charged $100/hour for supervision from WHEAT. Students extending their Practicum or thesis process beyond the two years (end of June of their second year) will be enrolled in Thesis Completion and charged $1000/year and $100/hour for supervision as needed.