Miyo Pimâtisiwin

Canada's First Fully Indigenized Dual Diploma

The Indigenized Dual Diploma is an intensive program that combines and adds to our two Indigenized programs: the Indigenized Art Therapy Diploma and our Indigenized Expressive Arts Certificate. The Indigenized Dual Diploma spans the course of two to three summer intensives, with four long weekends mid academic year, and online coursework over 16 months. You will also engage in practicum experience, ongoing EagleVision, and academic support to focus on a specific area of interest through the preparation of final projects and/or thesis. You will complete all of our compulsory courses in this combined art therapy and expressive arts diploma program to receive training in both Art Therapy and Expressive Arts! This is a 700+ hour program. Students will complete the Art Therapy practicum requirement of 700 hours (300 direct client contact hours), plus an additional 200 direct client contact hours to meet the Expressive Arts Therapy practicum requirement. The combined use of art and expressive modalities is in alignment with our Ancestral ceremonial healing practices, and gives all of us greater flexibility to adapt to the creative strengths and preferences of the people, groups and communities we serve.

Our Healing Arts programs are designed around 4 central themes which are woven throughout our courses, and all terms:


Walking Our Talk: We honor our Gifts and resilience as Wounded Healers, and prioritize self-care as central to a sustainable life-long practice as a helper. We endeavor to model wellness, peace building and ethical behavior as necessary for a good life - miyo pimâtisiwin.


Embracing Cultural knowledge: We seek ways to embrace, restore, and revitalize cultural connections through embracing the power of Stories, Ceremonies and Indigenous Languages, and the Arts as Teachers; and acknowledge the fundamental necessity of land-based teachings to help us Reconnect, Respect and Protect Mother Earth.


Recognizing Collective Trauma: We recognize the interconnectedness of Personal, Historical, Ancestral, and Collective Trauma, and that healing through arts-based, trauma-informed, and strength-oriented perspectives necessarily includes enhancing personal wellbeing, addressing social inequities, and inspiring social change.


Restoring Relationality: We acknowledge the importance of restoring and rebuilding respectful Family, Community, Tribal, and Societal Relations, and embrace harmony with All Our Relations, as the core of integration and healing.

The Indigenized Dual Diploma spans the course of two summer intensives and two full academic years. It includes 700+ hours of coursework, practicum supported by EagleVision (supervision), 5 hours of research support, and 20 hours of writing support.

The Indigenized Dual Diploma program provides students a unique opportunity to become a trained art therapist in Canada, while also training in Expressive Arts. This solid foundation in these modalities will allow you to establish a private practice and facilitate individual, group, and community  healing, while also preparing you to work in an established agency or program welcoming and embracing the healing power of the creative arts. You will be supported and mentored to work primarily for and with Indigenous Peoples and will have an expanded network of experienced Indigneous instructors to support you in your transition to being a provider of the Healing Arts.

If you want first to taste the flavour of our offerings, and/or want to build your own capacity to engage in this work, you are also welcome to enter the Dual Diploma program through first enrolling in the Indigenized Expressive Arts Certificate (IEAC).  All courses completed in the (IEAC) can be directly transferred for credit in the Dual Diploma.

April 2022 Update: Until further notice, all Indigenized Diploma and Certificate programs will remain Online. We are hopeful for future face to face and land-based gatherings, while still including ongoing options for online participation. 

For more information about the Indigenized Dual Diploma contact WHEAT Institute at or register here.

A copy of our course of study schedule is available upon request.

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Current Requirements

Applicants may apply with either a Bachelor's degree in the areas of psychology, fine arts, or social work, or submit a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition form (PLAR), available from WHEAT. Students with related Bachelor's degrees in fields such as education, occupational therapy or community development will also complete the Equivalency Assessment (PLAR) as a part of their application process. Our professional development training is open to the public with a completed application form. Refer to the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) website for information about requirements for professional membership and for registration as a Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT).

Prerequisites include Developmental Psychology (3 credits) and Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology (3 credits). This work may also be completed during the course of study, but must be completed in order to call yourself an art therapist upon graduation. WHEAT recommends the completion of these courses prior to the beginning of our program, however they are not prerequisites.

As part of their learning process, students will be required to receive art therapy prior to or during the program for a minimum of 25 hours. 

Ongoing engagement in the arts is a part of the Studio Art requirement.


Current Application Process

Application Deadlines: We are currently accepting registration for next year's 2022 Indigenized Dual Diploma cohort, which will begin in summer / fall 2022. There are a limited number of seats available and spots will be reserved as applications are received. Registration closes End of May 2022.


Applicants are selected based on past academic records or a PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition), a 500-word letter of intent and three letters of recommendation.

Applicants must also submit: Documentation of previous art-making experience, current Resume (reflecting some experience in clinical, rehabilitative, community and/or educational settings), Child Abuse Registry and Criminal Record Check. Registration fee of $225 is due at that time. The Director and/or selection committee will interview potential participants. Confirmation of acceptance to the Diploma Program will occur within two weeks of application. Training completion fund of $234.90 plus materials fee of $200 are due upon acceptance and signing of the Tuition Contract. In 2021 students will provide their own art supply kit - details provided upon registration.

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Current Fees

Please contact for a list of potential funders, a funding support letter, and a fee schedule. 


There is no GST on any of our fees or tuition. All fees are listed in Canadian (CAD) dollars. Training is tax deductible, see more information here.

Dual Program in Art Therapy and Expressive Arts *subject to program availability* $29,490.00 CAD
Enroll in both the Art Therapy and Expressive Arts programs to receive diplomas in both Art Therapy and Expressive Arts! This program can be completed between 2 - 3 years. Students will complete the Art Therapy practicum requirement of 700 hours and an additional Expressive Arts practicum requirement of 200 hours. Tuition term payments will be calculated on the course hours completed in the given period. An estimate will be provided to each student upon acceptance. For further information on registration and fees please email

Term 1 due June 15
Term 2 due September 30
Term 3 due January 31
Term 4 due June 1
Term 5 due September 30
Term 6 due January 31
Term 7 due June 1
Term 8 due September 30

Additional Fees:

$225.00 CAD Non-refundable Registration Fee due upon registration (part of the application process)

$200.00 CAD Non-refundable Supply Fee due upon acceptance  

$294.90 CAD Non-refundable Training Completion Fund (TCF) fee due upon acceptance. See details of the purpose of this fund here.

$50.00 CAD Graduation Fee due in final term

Practicum and/or Thesis Extension for all Diploma Programs:

Students will be considered graduates following completion of their Practicum as well as having completed and received a passing grade on their Final Project or Thesis. There is an additional fee of $100 per supervision hour for any supervision required beyond that included in the program. There is a fee of $1000 for students wishing to extend their Final Project or Thesis for an additional year. This will be accompanied by additional research support.