Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy
2 Year Clinical Art Therapy Diploma
Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Program
Attachment Informed Certification
Expressive Art Therapy Program
Personal and Professional Development
Cultural Immersion and Travel Study
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Global Art Therapy Education
The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy offers a unique blend of Live-on-Line classes with in-person classes. Live-on-Line classes (aka distance learning) are held in real-time on camera over the Internet. The in-person classes offer cultural immersion in Victoria BC, or at our sister schools in Japan and Thailand. CiiAT provides a Diploma in Clinical Art Therapy, certifications in Therapeutic Arts, and Attachment Informed Art Therapy.
Our cultural immersion programs, bring opportunities to our students to immerse themselves in unique cultural experiences in which we offer hands-on instruction in a variety of visual arts media within the context of an international institution. Our faculty of therapists, and working artists collaborate to design programs and foster an environment where the unique talents and perspectives of individual students can emerge and flourish.
Last November, the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CIIAT) hired me to teach art therapy at the IPATT Institute in Thailand and it was a wonderful experience! I felt I was giving the students the most useful, and important tools and knowledge that I...read more
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Art Therapy is...
The Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) describes Art Therapy as combining the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
There are certain qualifications required of Art Therapists. In Canada and the United States, Art Therapists must have at minimum a master’s degree or a master’s level diploma in Art Therapy before identifying themselves within the profession. This graduate level education includes supervised clinical practicum hours (minimum requirement for all practicums is 700 hours and at least 350 of these hours should involve direct client contact), thus ensuring the safety of the client as well as professional liability for agencies and employers offering this form of therapy.
Art Therapy is effective for people of any age. An Art Therapist works with individuals, couples, families or groups in settings such as counselling agencies, schools, treatment centres, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, correctional institutes and elder care locations.
CiiAT’s Clinical Art Therapy Diploma is approved by CATA and PTIB registered.
As a registered art therapist, CiiAT offers the specialized courses I need for my work with attachment disorder. The online format is personal, efficient and just like being in a regular classroom!N. Currie
It was so amazing and convenient to do the class online from my own home. It was so inspiring to be in digital classroom with students from all over the world. I really appreciate being able to see and interact with my professor and classmates in real-time in the on-line class each week. I have never been in an online class where this has been possible. Truly revolutionary!K. Jane
The online course with CiiAT has given me so much inspiration and spiritual connection through the Arts and media. I was so surprised that people meeting on-line from around the world can feel so connected to each other – I am one of them.P.Vorananta
I really enjoy the self-finding process and participating in this amazing group lead by Michelle Winkel. The best of all was to discover the many possibilities of on-line group therapy.PinJu