Therapeutic arts practitioner certification

The Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Certification program is an in-depth exploration into the therapeutic arts. Discover the impact of creativity and art-making on the brain, the importance of scope of practice, confidentiality, and creating a safe therapeutic space.

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

Course Length: 48 instructional hours

Delivery: Online

Credential: Certificate

Cost: TBA

Maximum Students: 12 per class

Amount of Homework: 4-6 hours

The Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Certification is a professional development program that consists of four courses designed to lead the participant through an experiential and exploratory process of self-discovery and personal growth while building confidence and skills to safely facilitate therapeutic arts sessions with individuals and groups. Throughout this program participants will learn the importance of scope of practice, confidentiality, and creating a safe therapeutic space – virtually or in-person. 


  • Become familiar with the ethical use of therapeutic arts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of when the client should be referred to an art psychotherapist
  • Differentiate regulations and requirements between the art therapy practice and the therapeutic arts practice
  • Apply and practice basic techniques and therapeutic arts interventions across a variety of client populations within the outlined scope of practice
  • Learn the art of deep listening and therapeutic questioning
  • Deepen awareness of media, creative expression, and play
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of therapeutic arts as a modality for mental wellbeing
  • Learn strategies for building a healthy therapeutic relationship
  • Comprehend the importance of process over product
  • Practice working with symbolism and metaphors through art
  • Gain an appreciation for the use of traditional and non-traditional forms of media


Participants must meet a minimum age requirement of 19 years.


We offer Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Certification a few times throughout the year. We accept requests for private groups at any time.


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.


“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.”

~ Anon ~

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