CiiAT - Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy
Rethinking Relationships

Program Description

Rethinking Relationships is a professional development course that examines the complexities of personal and professional relationships through a therapeutic arts lens and the role of the therapeutic arts as a modality for deepening healthy connections in adult relationships.

Participants will learn the importance of one’s relationship with self, the impact of family of origin, internal working models, the role of conflict for growth, boundary setting, how to create emotional safety in relationships, and building connection through healthy boundaries.

Throughout this course, participants embark on a reflective journey that progressively explores the building blocks of human connections and utilizes art-making as a modality for exploring personal states of mind and for improving and creating healthy relationships.

  • Credential: Certificate of Completion
  • Tuition: $975
  • Delivery: Live Online (on-camera)
  • Instructional Hours: 18 hours (12 Instructor-led and 6 self-directed)
  • lHomework: 4-6 hours
  • Time Commitment: 22-24 hours


Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of scope of practice and when the client should be referred to an art psychotherapist
  • Understand the foundation that a relationship with self creates
  • Learn about the impact of the family of origin
  • Create emotional safety in relationships and build connection through understanding
  • Analyse internal working models as a self-reflective tool
  • Understand the impact of historic relationships on current professional and personal adult relationships
  • Recognise the role of conflict and boundary setting in healthy relationship building

Admission Requirements

Participants must meet a minimum age requirement of 19 years and have a minimum of two years of experience in education completed in English.

Completion Requirements

Participants must achieve a minimum grade of 70% and an overall attendance rate of 90%, and all assignments must be completed in order to complete the course.

Method of Evaluation

Assigned readings, followed by learner participation in the form of synchronous and asynchronous discussion, response to each other’s questions and comments, response to the instructor's questions and comments, analyzing and giving feedback.

  • Arts-based projects which explore various media
  • Reflective and qualitative personal learning reports
  • Successful completion of evaluation activities and methods, including but not limited to quizzes, assignments, projects, role-plays, demonstrations, and participation


This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

When Does it Run?

We offer the Rethinking Relationships a few times throughout the year.  However, we accept requests for private groups at any time.


Do you have 6 or more staff all needing this training? We deliver the curriculum tailored to your needs. Contact us to discuss options [email protected].

Paying all at once

Is your tuition being paid by your company or organization? Do you need to pay the full tuition in advance?

We can help you, please email [email protected]  to enroll and pay.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tuition cost for the programs, and are payment plans available?

The tuition cost for the programs varies depending on the specific program chosen. Payment plans are offered with options for multiple installments, making it easier for participants to manage their financial commitments. Detailed information about tuition fees and payment plans can be found in the program-specific documentation.

Are the courses available through virtual or distance education?

Yes, the courses within the Therapeutic Arts series offer various instructional formats, including virtual or distance education. Participants can engage in the programs through online platforms, teleconferencing, and the use of online learning platforms, allowing for flexibility and accessibility in their studies.

How can I enroll in these programs, and when are they available?

The Therapeutic Arts Series has several enrollment times a year, please check the shop for current availability. The Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Certification has public enrollment in January, May and September. Private group enrollment is available throughout the year, upon request.

Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in these programs?

No, there are no specific prerequisites for enrolling in these programs. They are open to individuals interested in personal and professional development in the field of therapeutic arts.

Can you explain the “Rethinking Relationships” program in more detail?

“Rethinking Relationships” is a course that explores personal and professional relationships through a therapeutic arts lens. It covers topics like self-relationship, family of origin, boundary setting, emotional safety, and understanding internal working models.

Are there other programs available besides the Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Certification?

Yes, there are other programs available, including “The Art of Psychology,” “Rethinking Relationships,” “Navigating Neurodiversity,” “Trauma-Informed Practices,” “Attached for Life,” “Creating with Nature,” and “Passion, Purpose, Profit.” These programs cover various aspects of therapeutic arts and personal development.

When can I enroll in the courses?

Enrollment for the courses is available in January, May, and September. Additionally, a summer intensive option is available upon request. Team training can be scheduled throughout the calendar year.

What are the entry and completion requirements for the courses?

Participants must meet a minimum age requirement of 19 years to enroll in these courses. To successfully complete the course, students must achieve a minimum grade of 70%, maintain an overall attendance rate of 90%, and complete all assignments.

Is the Therapeutic Arts series suitable for those looking to become Art Therapists or Art Psychotherapists?

No, the Therapeutic Arts series is unsuitable for individuals seeking the professional designation of Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist. It is designed for personal and professional development and does not lead to a professional designation.

Can teams enroll in the Therapeutic Arts series?

Yes, teams of six or more can enroll in the Therapeutic Arts series. Tailored materials will be provided to better suit the unique needs of the team’s clients and targeted learning outcomes.

Are there any academic prerequisites for these courses?

No, there are no academic prerequisites for the Therapeutic Arts series courses.

What is the difference between art therapy and therapeutic arts?

Both art therapy and the therapeutic arts have numerous benefits relating to well-being, mental health, stress reduction, self-expression, and more. The main difference between the two is: that anyone can learn and use therapeutic arts in their personal and professional lives, whereas art therapy can only be ethically practiced in Canada by a professional or registered art therapist. Art therapists use therapeutic art and art therapy techniques, interventions, and clinical approaches to help clients work toward their goals and overcome obstacles, issues, and trauma.

Therapeutic arts often rely on the artistic process and create a safe space for self-reflection. The defining characteristic of therapeutic art vs. art therapy is the scope of practice. Art therapists undergo over two years of training, including a practicum component, increasing their competence and scope of practice when working with clients with specific mental health goals.

On the other hand, businesses may integrate therapeutic arts to help relieve employee stress through calming art activities, or build team engagement. However, they can not use these activities to engage with clients or create treatment plans. If someone is struggling with their mental health or seeking therapy options, they should connect with a healthcare professional, like a registered art therapist. With all this said, therapeutic arts are invaluable and act as a resource for individuals to engage with creative processes in a restorative and therapeutic manner.

What is the difference between an art therapist and a therapeutic arts practitioner?

The main differences between an art therapist and a therapeutic arts practitioner is the level of qualifications, professional status and scope of practice.

  • Currently, in Canada, Therapeutic Arts is unregulated. While Art Therapy and Art Psychotherapy are protected titles and designations requiring membership in good standing at the Canadian Art Therapy Association (or provincial equivalent) and, where applicable, registration with a college, such as CRPO.
  • A Therapuiseries is unsuitable for individuals seeking the professional designation of Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist. It is designed for personal and professional development and does not lead to a professional designation.
What is the Therapeutic Arts series?

The Therapeutic Arts series is a collection of courses and a certification program designed for personal and professional development. It is suitable for individuals and teams seeking continuing education in the fields of mental health as this series focuses on mental health, emotional wellness, and creativity, providing participants with the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate therapeutic arts sessions with individuals and groups safely. It is open to anyone interested in these areas, and there are no academic prerequisites. However, it is recommended as a foundation for those new to the field.

Studying with CiiAT is more than just an education,

it’s a personal journey within a supportive community.

Whether it’s through our small, intimate classes, or through our friendly administrative and technical support team, we strive to provide personalized help and attention.

The perfect place to explore

If you have a passion for the arts, helping others, and furthering your education, CiiAT is the perfect place to explore all of the above, regardless of where you are in the world.

Graduate Student

Creating with Nature

I recently completed SEAT – Specialized Expressive Art Therapy with a focus on working outdoors.  Loved it. (This program has since been renamed to Creating With Nature)

M Desjardins
Graduated Student

It was such a positive experience

If you’re considering this field, I highly recommend taking CiiAT’s TAPPs program to start, it was such a positive experience and would be useful for anyone, even if you’re not looking to do the APD.

Rachel Robbins
Graduated Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

I felt at home

When I registered and started my courses with CIIAT, I felt at home and comfortable with the way they delivered the courses.

Nathalie Paradis
Graduated Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

I loved the TAPPs program

I loved the TAPPs program, with Drawn by Experience and Mandalas as Clinical Intervention with a variety of skilled and talented instructors.

M Desjardins
Graduated Student

Ability to learn remotely

They use an online learning platform called Moodle. My previous experience being a student was in the early 2000’s so I’m honestly blown away by the ability to learn remotely like this.

Rachel Robbins
Graduated Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Offered online

The courses can be offered online and if you do a practicum, you will be supervised.

Nathalie Paradis
Graduated Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

I love the live online format

I love the live online format of these classes and being able to connect with other students from anywhere in the world.

Rebecca Adelman
Graduated Student