How has COVID-19 impacted WHEAT programming?
As of March 2020 all of our classes have transitioned online. Diplomas will begin in the summer as planned, with all art and expressive arts therapy classes offered online in July and August. Should circumstances evolve with the COVID-19 response, programming may return to in person in November, February or next summer.
The first term (September - December) of a diploma student's practicum will focus on community art therapy experiences, before proceeding with individual and group art therapy experiences.
Can I enroll as an online / distance student in a Diploma program?
Our diploma programs are made up of both online courses (which can be completed from anywhere), summer classes, and long weekend classes that take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba or Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and must be attended in person due to the highly interactive nature of the training. We are also able to offer a satellite program in your community with our Bring Your Own Cohort program. Contact us for details!
Online classes and supervision are done through Zoom. For students unfamiliar with Zoom, it is a video conferencing platform (much like Skype). If you don't already have Zoom on your computer, you will be prompted to download Zoom Client after clicking on the provided meeting link. Or you can download Zoom here: https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting It is small download. There are also tutorials available on joining a Zoom meeting at
Can I enroll as an International student?
International students are welcome to participate in our programs as drop-in students.
What is the registration process?
We ask prospective students to first submit their online registration here. Our Registrar will follow up and send further information about the program and/or course you are interested in registering for, in addition to the application materials. Students intending to register in one of the diploma or certificate programs will be encouraged to arrange a time to speak with WHEAT Director Darci Adam to discuss their career interests and goals. If the intention is to move forward with registration then the application form and any required materials will be sent to WHEAT via email or mail.
Are there any prerequisites?
The requirements for our Art Therapy Diploma program includes a Bachelor's or Master’s degree in counselling, social work, fine arts, or psychology OR an equivalent field with an Equivalency Assessment completed to determine equivalencies. Prerequisites include Developmental Psychology (3 credits) and Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology (3 credits). This work may also be completed during the course of study.
The Expressive Arts Certificate has several entry options. It is open to people with a Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as counselling, education, social work, fine arts, psychology, OT, recreation or divinity. Artists and community activists with some arts background are also eligible. A written application indicating your background is required. University of Winnipeg students may receive up to 15 credit hours of this training in their Post Baccalaureate in Education.
Does the supply fee cover textbooks?
The Supply Fee covers the cost of art supplies and materials used in your classes. Textbooks and required readings listed on a course syllabus are the responsibility of students to purchase from a local bookstore or online. At times WHEAT will photocopy course packages for instructors or unpublished works and charge a small fee to cover the cost of photocopying.
Are there any scholarships or bursaries available?
WHEAT has two scholarships, and is actively engaged in a fun fundraising campaign. See here for details!
What qualifications will I have after graduation from WHEAT?
WHEAT 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. A Master's degree may be required by certain agencies in order to bill as a therapist. Students are an Art Therapist once they graduate from WHEAT's training, however, RCAT's do require an additional 1000 hours of direct client contact, and 50 hours of clinical supervision, beyond graduation. This is standard in becoming registered with any professional counselling association. Once you complete the required hours for registration, you can add RCAT to your credentials. WHEAT graduates can practice as an Art Therapist but would not be eligible to serve as a Supervisor (as supervisors require the RCAT designation). Further information about becoming a registered member of CATA can be found at https://www.canadianarttherapy.org/levels-of-membership/ and RCAT registration at https://www.canadianarttherapy.org/what-is-an-rcat/ All of the graduates from our first graduating class (2018) are using their art therapy skills in professional settings, and almost all have also set up private practices. We offer a business class to ensure that students have a business plan, name and logo prior to graduation, should they wish to continue in private practice.
Graduates of the Expressive Arts program will have the training necessary to begin the registration process as professional members of the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association and/or International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) as either Registered Expressive Arts Therapists (REAT) or Registered Expressive Arts Consultants (REACE). A Master's degree is required to register as a REAT. Further information on REAT and REACE registration can be found at https://www.ieata.org/reatorreace 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.
Can individual course credits be transferred to other programs?
Yes, individual course credits can be transferred to future diploma or certificate programs. Our Registrar would work with the student to figure out what credits would count and the revision in tuition.
Are any WHEAT courses accredited by outside associations?
Yes, select courses are accredited for CEC's with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). This includes our Expressive Arts Certificate three compulsory courses, along with Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts (which is also approved by the Manitoba College of Social Workers) and both of Kate Donohue's expressive arts courses. University of Winnipeg students may receive up to 15 credit hours of this training in their Post Baccalaureate in Education.
How many practicum and supervision hours are required to graduate?
Art Therapy Diploma students require a total of 700 practicum hours, 350 of which are to be direct client contact and 350 indirect contact. Students will receive both Individual and Group Supervision in a combination of ratios (1 hour of individual supervision for every 10 hours of direct client contact or 2 hours of group supervision for every 10 hours of direct client contact) to fulfill a total of 49 hours of supervision. All supervision is provided by WHEAT.
Expressive Arts Diploma students are required to complete 200 hours of direct client contact and 150 hours of indirect client contact. Students will receive both individual and group supervision to fulfill a total of 24 hours of individual and 24 hours of group supervision or until the practicum hours are complete, whichever comes first.
Do students require insurance?
All registered students (currently enrolled in a program and completing course work, practicum hours and/or their final research project) are covered under the WHEAT Institute Liability Insurance. Students who complete their practicum hours (and may be doing work experience hours for IEATA) are still covered under WHEAT’s insurance if they are enrolled in course work and/or completing their final project. This includes students who extend their program to three years under “Thesis Extension”. This does mean that while the student may not be logging practicum hours for WHEAT, they are still required to complete the WHEAT paperwork (client consent forms, etc.) Once students have completed the practicum requirements as outlined in their program they may book additional supervision through WHEAT or find their own Supervisor.
Are we required to pay for the services of a Art Therapy or Expressive Arts practicum student?
WHEAT practicum students can be compensated for their services; however, WHEAT will not be involved in these negotiations and compensation is not a requirement for hosting a student.
Do I get a refund if I need to cancel my registration or withdraw from a program?
There are non-refundable deposits for all our programs and for registration in individual courses as professional development. These fees would not be refunded. Should a Diploma student decide to withdraw from the program at any time, they would complete the process of withdrawal as mandated by the Private Vocational Institutes of Manitoba (PVI), including use of the refund calculator for tuition fees. We are currently working on a internal refund and withdrawal policy for our Expressive Arts Certificate. Professional development drop-ins are asked to inform us of any cancellations at least a week in advance, at which time they would receive a refund on the course fee (minus the non-refundable deposit). No refunds will be given for professional development drop-ins after the class has already started.