Clinical Art Therapy Diploma

Program Description

Clinical Art Therapy Diploma

Clinical Art Therapy DiplomaThe Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT) offers a Clinical Art Therapy Diploma program for post-Bachelor’s or post-Master’s students. CiiAT also offers shorter, specialized programs for professionals. Our exciting Live-on-Line classes, studio and learning spaces use an intensive teaching format and are scheduled to accommodate your timezones and work schedules. All courses are taught in English, with translators available in countries where English is not the primary language.

CiiAT recommends that students have training in three foundation areas prior to admission to the Diploma programs: psychology, counseling, and the fine arts. The program then builds on this training by providing a range of theoretical orientations that reflect the differing views of practicing art therapists. Students are encouraged to explore the uses and potentials of different theories when dealing with different client populations, treatment goals, and the student’s own preferred therapeutic style.  Students are therefore not expected to adhere to a particular theoretical model but, instead, are encouraged to become familiar with a variety of models.

As much as possible, the institute will support and encourage the individual interests and art therapy goals of the students.

Course Description

101. Art Therapy History and Applied Theories (the Interpretive Approach)

Approaches A variety of interpretive frameworks are applied to the practice of art therapy. The examination of the foundations of art therapy and the underlying theories (including psychoanalytical, object relations, existential, phenomenological, spiritual, humanistic, developmental, cognitive, behavioural, and gestalt orientations) to art therapy will be introduced and explored through lecture, video, art-making and reflection. Students will achieve a working knowledge of the similarities and differences between the various theoretical constructs. Emphasis is on achieving a working knowledge of the different theoretical constructs and on gaining knowledge and skills in their practical application.

102. Ethics and Legal Issues in Clinical Art Therapy

Ethics This course is designed to educate students on the art therapy ethical elements that combine to form the basis of the practicing art therapist’s values and beliefs. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of the CATA code of Ethics, evaluate the ethical dilemmas and make clinical decisions based on art therapy ethical principles and legal requirements.

103. Art Therapy and Mental Illness

Mental Illness Through a series of case studies, readings, videos, discussion and assignments this course examines the relationship between art, pathology, creativity and healing. The intent of the course is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop their concept of the progression and application of Art Therapy with various client populations Students will also learn how to use art therapy with clients experiencing symptoms of the major diagnostic categories described in the DSM 5 (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-Fifth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric Association) and what treatment goals, and interventions are effective.

104. Art Therapy with Infants, Children and Youth

Children Youth This course is an experiential and didactic introduction to the use of Art Therapy with children. Students will have the opportunity to examine concepts from theories of infant, child and adolescent mental health and development and how these relate to Art Therapy assessment, diagnosis and intervention.

105. Art Therapy with Families

Families This online experiential and theoretical course is an introduction to the use of art therapy with families. Included will be a review of the philosophy and epistemology of family therapy, and systemic thinking and attachment theory.  The course will explore various applications to family art therapy and family trauma, addressing family roles and hierarchies, strategic theory, re-framing, and role-playing.  Several assessment procedures will be presented. We also investigate the complexities of culture in families and groups, and how this impacts the therapeutic relationship. We teach and practice interventions for families with challenges, and families in crisis, including couples and non-traditional families.

106. Art Therapy Studio 1

Studio 1 As the foundation for practicum training, these courses are experientially based and grounded in a theoretical framework. It will give students the opportunity to actively explore their own reflective, art-therapy process, and to integrate this experiential process into currently used conceptual frameworks for clinical practice. Classes will focus on inner and interpersonal art process through instructor-led art making, small group debriefing sessions and class discussions dealing with theory, technique and clinical practice. *This is not a therapy group, although art-making can and will bring up resolved and unresolved issues that the student may or may not want to share with the group.  It is highly recommended that Art Therapy students seek out personal therapy with an Art Therapist if possible.

107. Art Therapy Studio 2

Studio 2 As the foundation for practicum training, these courses are experientially based and grounded in a theoretical framework. It will give students the opportunity to actively explore their own reflective, art-therapy process, and to integrate this experiential process into currently used conceptual frameworks for clinical practice. Classes will focus on inner and interpersonal art process through instructor-led art making, small group debriefing sessions and class discussions dealing with theory, technique and clinical practice. *This is not a therapy group, although art-making can and will bring up resolved and unresolved issues that the student may or may not want to share with the group.  It is highly recommended that Art Therapy students seek out personal therapy with an Art Therapist if possible.

108. Group Art Therapy Studio

Group This studio focuses on art therapy with groups-both closed-ended and open-ended, and open studio formats. Students will have an opportunity to create art and to practice the role of the art therapist in dyads and small groups. *This is not a therapy group, although art-making can and will bring up resolved and unresolved issues that the student may or may not want to share with the group.  It is highly recommended that Art Therapy students seek personal therapy with an Art Therapist if possible.

109. Art Therapy Research and Arts-Based Methodologies

Research This course, for Post BA Students only, explores advanced qualitative arts- based research approaches. This course orients students to a deeper understanding of research methodology and how to apply it specifically to their thesis question. It will also look at the construction of a literature review. There will be a focus on critical thinking and further developing their skills in presenting case studies as a research method.

110. Art Therapy Thesis/Arts-Based Research Project Contract (Post BA only)

Thesis (Post BA only) Thesis: The student may write an extensive research paper based on a hypothesis related to an area of study in Art Therapy Arts Based ProjectOR the student may create an Arts-Based Research project with extensive research findings in Art Therapy. *After the acceptance of the proposal and signing of the Thesis contract, the student has 10 months to complete the Thesis or project.

For the following supervision sections

SupervisionCATA and CiiAT require supervision hours at a ratio of one hour individual supervision for every ten hours of client contact and two hours group supervision for every ten hours of client contact. All students must have received a minimum of 70 hours supervision during the two-year program. Supervision includes planning, reviewing and evaluating art therapy services provided by the supervisee throughout the supervision process:

  • Review of the client art and clinical work
  • Case review of clinical files (includes intakes, progress notes, summary reports, treatment plans, termination
  • Discussion of referrals, agency relationships
  • Crisis intervention, limit setting, ethics, etc.
  • Discussion of group work: designing, planning, setting goals and exploring issues and dynamics.
111. Practicum 1 (Post BA)

Practicum Students are introduced to a supervised clinical experience.  All aspects of work directly related to client contact will be included. Students will participate in group and/or individual art therapy supervision live online or in person. They will present case material from their practicum placements and undertake relevant readings. There will be provision for self-evaluation as well as discussion with peers and supervisors of experience in the field. The goal is to increase students’ ability to evaluate their own effectiveness. Post BA

112. Practicum 2 (Post BA)

Post BAStudents can choose from a variety of agency/community settings. Students will design and present one case study.

113. Practicum 3 (Post BA & MA)

Post BA+MAStudents will design and present one case study based on their work in this practicum.

114. 115. Practicum 4/5 (Post MA)

Post MA200 client contact hours. One case study required for post Master’s practicum students.

116. Special Topics in Contemporary Art Therapy

Electives on various topics will be delivered throughout the year. Special interest topics will include the expressive arts, mindfulness in the art process, ritual mandala making, and ecologically-based art therapy.

Admission Requirements

Completed copy of Admissions Form:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (The bachelor degree requirement may be met through a documented Equivalency Assessment.)
  • Portfolio (electronic) including 10 or more images showing a variety of media (sculpture, painting, photography etc)
  • 3 psychology courses
  • Proficiency in English
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resume
  • Personal autobiography
  • Personal interview
  • Personal experience with therapy or art therapy is also highly recommended.

Application Fees:

$150.00 intake interview. For Accepted students, this fee will be deducted from tuition.

Equivalency Assessments:

An Equivalency Assessment (EA) is available for applicants who do not hold or have not completed a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university required for admission to CiiAT.

The Equivalency Assessment application and process is to determine that the applicant has the required knowledge and skills that would match the equivalent of a university degree and would be successful in completing the program. The cost of applying for an EA is $200.

Course Calendar

Upcoming Courses

  • 105 Art Therapy with Families (cont. from 2017) January 24, 2018 at 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Group Supervision 7-9am February 6, 2018 at 7:00 am – 9:00 am
  • 102 Ethical & Legal Issues in Art Therapy February 21, 2018 at 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • 102 Ethical & Legal Issues in Art Therapy February 28, 2018 at 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Group Supervision 7-9am March 6, 2018 at 7:00 am – 9:00 am
  • 102 Ethical & Legal Issues in Art Therapy March 7, 2018 at 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Mandala Meditation Weekend March 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre. 1-2033 Belmont Ave. Victoria, BC V8R 3Z7. Canada

Tuition Fees

Post BA
Year 1 $13,900.00
Year 2 $13,900.00
Requires the completion of 26 units.
Post MA
Year 1 $13,900.00
Year 2 $ 8,700.00
Requires the completion of 21 units.

Fees include:
  • 14-18 individual courses as designated by the Canadian Art Therapy Association’s educational standards
  • 2 additional electives
  • Tuition for 1 intensive module (1-4 weeks) in our sister school (Japan, Thailand or Canada)
  • Practicum supervision
  • Thesis advisement and graduation fees
Note:
  • Students with Canadian residency will receive a T2202A education tax credit form, upon request for tuition paid
  • Application for Scholarships are available to all new students
  • Currently CIIAT does offer a payment plan for our Diploma program
Additional Costs to consider:
  • Text books
  • Art supplies
Additional Fees
  • Courses to be completed within two years or a course extension fee of $200 may be applied.
  • Practicum to be completed within two years of Practicum initiation or an extension fee of $800 per 4 months may be applied.
Scholarships

The Lucille Proulx Legacy Scholarship

The Lucille Proulx Legacy scholarship is for prospective CIIAT students with a proven commitment to art as a tool for healing in their community.

Award: $5,000 tuition credit

Application Requirements: Requirements include submitting a 2,500 word written essay in APA format, about the applicant’s work in the field, with a pictorial compilation demonstrating community-based artwork. This scholarship will require an interview with a CiiAT Director.

Serve & Protect Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Canadian veterans, fire, police, and ambulance personnel.

Award: $1,000 tuition credit

Application Requirements: A 1,000 word written essay in APA format, or photo essay, about the applicant’s service and how creativity aided their work with others.

CiiAT Master’s Stipend

For prospective CIIAT students who have finished their Master’s Degree in the field of humanities; such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy and related fields.

Award: $1,000-$3,000 tuition credit

Application Requirements: Requirements include submitting an arts-based description of their Master’s thesis along with the thesis abstract. This scholarship will require an interview with a CiiAT Director.

CiiAT Library Scholarship

This Library scholarship is designated to support students with purchasing art therapy books for their training.

Award: $500 tuition credit

Application Requirements: Eligibility criteria includes submitting a 1,500 word essay in APA format, about what art therapy means to them with personal art reflections embedded. Awardees will be required to submit for publication to the CATA newsletter in their second year of training.

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