These professional development courses are valuable to anyone wishing to integrate the arts into their personal or professional practice, including school counsellors, therapists, healers, coaches, educators, resource teachers, elders, clergy and artists.

You may register for single courses! Open to American and international students. We will accept students until classes are full.

Select Certificate and Diploma courses are open for drop-in registration - look for the (PD Drop-In Option) designation beside these class names. Click on "Program Fee Information" below for individual course fees.

Please note class dates are subject to change. All classes take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba unless otherwise noted.

Program Fee Information

Poetry in Expressive Arts Therapy

Di Brandt, Winnipeg's 1st Poet Laureate

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. In  this  three-day  workshop,  we  will  explore  formal  and  expressive  elements  of  poetic  creation inspired  by  witty,  stylish  examples  of  the  contemporary  long  poem  as  it  is  practiced  in  Canada  at present. Our  name  for  this  unique  genre  is  the  "multi-genre,  multimedia  disjunctive  poetic narrative  dream  text."    The  form  typically  employs  short  fragments  of  lyric,  data  and  word  play, interspersed  with  visual  images,  gathered  together  to  make  a  longer  sequence.

Summer 2020

Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy

Tanja Woloshen 

Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy will provide students with an introductory sampling of theory and movement applications, stemming from Western and Eastern influences, intended for personal practice, and workplace. Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy will introduce students to Yoga, Contemplative Movement, Contemporary Dance Improvisation, Trance Dance, Butoh, and 5 Rhythms. Movement in Expressive Arts Therapy will provide students with challenging, restorative, and creative movement experiences. This is a studio class; mostly lessons will be physical explored.

Summer 2020

Expressive Arts Therapy: Personal and Professional Practice

WHEAT instructors

Individual registration is open for the weekend workshops that make up the Expressive Arts Therapy Personal & Professional Practice course. More information can be found on the Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate web page HERE

The 6 weekends:

Art making as Mindfulness with Marg Janick Grayston

December 7-8, 2019

Poetry with Di Brandt

January 18-19, 2020

Creative Drama with Csilla Przibislawsky

February 22-23, 2020

Exploring Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives through Art with Victoria McIntosh

March 14-15, 2020

Movement: Being Butoh Body with Tanja Woloshen

April 18-19, 2020

Music in Expressive Arts Instructor TBD

April 25-26, 2020

Beginner Cree

Bill Cook

Join us in an online beginner Cree class! Held Tuesday evenings for 1 hour via Zoom.

Year 1 will be held between September - November 2019 and January - April 2020.

Year 2 will be held between September - November 2020 and January - April 2021.

This course is an introduction to the Cree language: no prior knowledge of the Cree language is assumed. The class covers basic oral expression, grammar, drill, practice and conversational dialogues. Skills will be developed in all four communicative skills –listening, speaking, reading and writing. The intended outcome is that students will learn basic Cree skills for friendly communication in the workplace and with families. In addition to learning some language, students will be introduced to Cree culture through story and music.

Nȇhiyawewin, the Land and Life as Art

July 3, 2019

July 4, 2019

July 5, 2019

July 6, 2019

Lana Whiskeyjack

Participants will be introduced to nêhiyaw (Cree) worldview and basic nêhiyawewin (Cree language) through connecting to the land and creative adventures. Students will be led within circle dialogues, story/medicine walks, and art collaborations. Students will explore diverse mediums ranging from introduction to water colour painting to land art. Lana Whiskeyjack has been an arts educator and arts actionist for over 12 years.

July 3 - 6, 2019 at Ancient Spirals Retreat 10 minutes south of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Expressive Arts Therapy Studio II

July 22, 2019

July 23, 2019

July 24, 2019

July 25, 2019

Fyre Jean Graveline, Ph.D, MSW, DVATI, RCAT

Previously listed as being instructed by Dohee Lee.

LIFE Changing HeARTs: Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Practice

A Traditional Indigenous perspective sees healing and teaching as interrelated processes that are simultaneously co-occurring in any and all environments. We will experience the process of Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Practice by engaging collaboratively in an arts-based healing process, grounded in Indigenous philosophies and practices. To begin, students will focus on exploring the Medicine Wheel Teachings in alignment with this Indigenous Healing and Teaching Model. Then students will widen the Circle, engaging in arts-based strategies, to work at multiple levels simultaneously. Join us for an experiential and inspiring Healing ARTs (heARTs) experience, and open to the power of Circle, Ceremony, Song, Prayer, Story/Narrative, Sociodrama, and Art.

July 22 - 25, 2019

Working with Trauma: Shattering the Temenos using Expressive Arts

August 3, 2019

August 4, 2019

August 5, 2019

August 6, 2019

Kate Donohue, Ph.D., REAT, Licensed Psychologist

This workshop will introduce participants to the experience of trauma and how to address it as an expressive arts therapist. 

This workshop will also introduce the traditional definition and theory of trauma, brain research in relationship to trauma, the stages of trauma and indigenous healing practices that address trauma, i.e. expressive arts therapy .In addition, you will explore the Jungian understanding of trauma and how it interlaces with expressive. The workshop will include an intuitive and didactic understanding of these aspects through readings, arts and written assignments and multi-arts processes.

August 3 - 6, 2019

Expressive Arts Therapy and It's relationship to Psychopathology and developmental Psychology

August 8, 2019

August 9, 2019

August 10, 2019

August 11, 2019

Kate Donohue, Ph.D., REAT, Licensed Psychologist

This course introduces participants to the archetypal and developmental approaches to character/personality development using mythological themes that underline human development and the complexes that create the psychopathology framework. The hope is to enliven this exploration by utilizing an innovative Jungian expressive arts framework to explore the traditional framework. 

Participants will also be introduced to art as healing from an indigenous perspective including discussion of traditional symbolic cross-cultural healing practices and concepts of healing and wellness; the origins of the arts as a diagnostic tool from traditional perspectives, complexes as a healing function and the use of multi-arts processes to address the healing of developmental, traumatic and cultural wounding.

August 8 - 11, 2019

Indigenous Ways of Knowing Through the Arts

August 13, 2019

August 14, 2019

August 15, 2019

Victoria McIntosh

Indigenous ways of Knowing through the Arts workshop offer participants exposure to a local Indigenous world view through Indigenous art and personal art-making. Explore methodologies, concepts, cultural perspectives, ceremony and art
forms of Indigenous people of Manitoba.

In addition, explore how art can assist in the reconciliation process as a tool for healing, self-understanding and dialogue. 

This workshop is approved by the Manitoba College of Social Workers.

August 13-15, 2019

Focus Centred Art Therapy

November 8, 2019

November 9, 2019

November 10, 2019

November 11, 2019

Karen Wallace M.Ed., BCATR

Students will practice and explore how to use Focused Centered Art Therapy with different populations and groups. We will practice self-focusing, focusing with clients and focusing with groups. Focusing is a way of listening to the wisdom of the body, working with the felt sense, and increasing presence. Art Therapy facilitates our ability to be in the creative realm and access healing imagery and wisdom. Combining these two therapies allows us to befriend our inner experience, express it and move forward into change. Focused Centered Art Therapy implies using our creative process that involves colours, textures, shapes and lines to listen to, hold space for, and deepen self-awareness. It is original, imaginative and spontaneous. Through engaging with creative, free expression coming from the felt sense, we listen to and have a conversation with our body.

November 8 - 11, 2019

Principles of Drama Therapy

February 14, 2020

February 15, 2020

February 16, 2020

February 17, 2020

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

Drama therapy uses acting improvisation and psychodrama as therapeutic tools. It is playful yet insightful and promotes spontaneity, creativity and expressiveness. Principles of Drama Therapy workshop will provide participants with an experience of being in a drama therapy group. A variety of drama therapy techniques will be utilized, including improvisation, acting techniques, psychodrama, sociodrama, Developmental Transformation (DvT), Playback Theatre and creative ritual. 

Principles of Drama Therapy fulfill the requirement for The North American Association for the Drama Therapy Alternate Training Program. This course fulfills the Principles of Drama Therapy requirement for those interested in becoming a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT).

February 14-17, 2020