Clinical Art Therapy Diploma
Clinical Art Therapy Diploma
Clinical Art Therapy Diploma
The Clinical Art Therapy Diploma program for post-Bachelor’s and post-Master’s students is offered online, in-person in Thailand and Japan. All courses are taught in English, with translators available in countries where English is not the primary language.
We encourage students to have some training in psychology and the arts prior to admission to the Diploma program. We provide 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 a variety of client populations, therapeutic 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, we will support and encourage the individual interests and art therapy goals of the students.
Please contact us to explore a program, schedule, and location that enables you to meet your educational goals.
Art Therapy History, Approaches and Applied Theories
Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Art Therapy
Art Therapy and Mental Illness
Attachment Informed Art Therapy with Infants, Children and Youth
Art Therapy with Families
Art Therapy Studio, working with Individuals
106 Studio Art Therapy focuses on art therapy with adults in a one-on-one model. Students will learn how to work with individuals, from the intake process through assessment, treatment planning, intervention, and closure. Students will have an opportunity to create art and to practice the role of the art therapist with their instructor and peers.
*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 a Registered Art Therapist.
Art Therapy Studio, working with Dyads
107 Studio Art Therapy with Dyads focuses on art therapy with couples, such as those dealing with separation and loss, divorce, improving communication, and building intimacy. Students will learn how to assess couples using art therapy, build therapeutic goals, and apply art therapy interventions to reach those goals with the dyad. Students will explore theoretical frameworks, experience art making, and practice role-plays.
*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.
Art Therapy Studio, working with Groups
This studio focuses on art therapy with groups-both closed-ended and open-ended, and open studio formats. Students will learn how to work with groups beginning with intake. They will have an opportunity to create art and to practice the role of the group 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 a Registered Art Therapist if possible.
Art Therapy Research and Arts-Based Methodologies
*Most Post MA students are not required to take this course. Please check with your enrollment advisor.
Art Therapy Thesis/Arts-Based Research Project
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.
1. To explore in greater depth, media and its use.
2. To evaluate interventions based on a client’s age and stage of development.
3. To expand on the creative development of art therapy directives.
- 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.
A student proceeding toward a Diploma in Clinical Art Therapy is required to complete all requirements of clinical training in art therapy through Practica and Supervision. Students are required to complete non-paid clinical experience.
The practicum setting requires each student to be interviewed by the on-site supervisor prior to admittance into the Practicum site. Orientation by the practicum site staff may also be required.
Practicum includes direct client contact, set up, clean up, record keeping about the art and client notes.
2 Case studies (and/or participant reviews in open studio at the discretion of supervisor) are required within one month of completion of Practicum.
Admission Requirements (click here for more)
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
- Statement of purpose or intent
- Resume / Transcript
- Personal interview
- Personal experience with therapy or art therapy is also highly recommended.
$150.00 intake interview. For Accepted students, this fee will be deducted from tuition.
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.
Interview and Acceptance of Admission
After your application has been accepted and approved, you will interview with a member of CiiAT’s faculty. Afterward, the Enrollment Director will notify you in writing of the admission decision. The Institute reserves the right to admit or deny admission to any applicant based on the professional judgment of the Executive and Clinical Directors and administration involved in the admission process.
Course Calendar (click here for more)
Tuition Fees (click here for more)
Year 1 $13,900.00
Year 2 $13,900.00
Requires the completion of 26 units.
Year 1 $13,900.00
Year 2 $ 8,700.00
Requires the completion of 21 units.
- 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
- 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
- Courses to be completed within two years or a course extension fee may be applied.
- Practicum to be completed within two years of Practicum initiation or an extension fee may be applied.
Scholarships (click here for more)
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: Up to $5,000 in 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: Up to $1,000 in 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.
The Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) also offered sponsorships and bursaries http://www.canadianarttherapy.org/scholarships-and-bursaries/