THERAPEUTIC ARTS PRACTITIONER PROGRAM & MASTER PROGRAM (TAPPs/TAMPs)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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TAPPs is a deep exploration of creativity, connecting you with your unique visual intelligence while building skill in the techniques of therapeutic arts. You will learn and understand the impact of creativity and art-making on the brain in this experiential training program.

Apply new techniques and modalities to your own life or when working with clients and community members. Knowledge from the program will aid in various professions, including arts-based education, body work, ministry and coaching, hospitals, nursing homes, community health centres, shelters, prisons, early childhood programs, and special schools.

NOTE: TAPPs and TAMPs graduates may be able to apply their certification to an application for the Clinical Art Therapy Diploma program. Contact ">Enrollment for more details.

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Neither TAPPs nor TAMPs will certify you as an art therapist, but the program offers practical techniques to enrich your existing clinical or teaching practice or apply to your own creative process.

If you are already using art in your practice, TAPPs will assist you in understanding the healing power of the art process.

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TAPPs is also available as a private team program.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

THERAPEUTIC ARTS PRACTITIONER PROGRAM (TAPPs)

Ideal for artists or complete beginners to the field of healing arts who are considering a career as an art therapist.

 Graduates of all four modules receive the Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Certificate©.

Module 1: Introduction to Therapeutic Arts
FOUR x 2-HOUR CLASSES

Explore the basic principles of the therapeutic arts through tactile and sensory art-making within a theoretical framework.

  • Creativity and the brain
  • Understanding arts-based healing principles and their applicability
  • Individual, dyadic and group applications
Module 2: The Media Continuum
FOUR x 2-HOUR CLASSES

Explore how the use of media helps you and others express emotions without words.

  • 2-D and 3-D Work, Large and Small: playing with form and size, including symbolism
  • Contained vs. Fluid: Understanding the range of media and its impact on the emotional and somatic experience
  • Media and Play: The importance of process over product in relation-affective expression
Module 3: Group and Community Arts
FOUR x 2-HOUR CLASSES

Explore art-making for everyone in community settings.

  • Engaging community in art making
  • Finding ourselves with found objects, holy junk and art hives
  • Community studios: do’s and don’ts
Module 4: Mindfulness and Contemplation in the Arts
FOUR x 2-HOUR CLASSES

Explore the marriage of contemplative practices, therapeutic arts, and neuroscience. How does engaging in the arts bring attention to the present moment and allow us to connect with sacred aspects of self?

  • Rituals and Aesthetics in Art-Making: Why ritual elevates the artistic process
  • “Inside Out”: Contemplative arts-based activities to foster mindfulness in daily life
  • Ritual Mandala Painting: Moving deeper into presence

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • to become familiar with the therapeutic use of the arts
  • to identify the role that art plays in the healing process
  • to become familiar with recent research on the arts and the brain
  • to practise and apply basic techniques across a variety of client populations
THERAPEUTIC ARTS MASTER PRACTITIONER PROGRAM (TAMPs)

The advanced level dives deeper into the application of therapeutic arts related to specific topic areas.

Graduates of all seven modules will receive the Therapeutic Arts Master Practitioner Certificate©.

Module 5: Realigning relationships
FOUR x 3-HOUR CLASSES

Enhance your knowledge of attachment relationships throughout the lifetime and the role of the therapeutic arts as a modality for deepening healthy attachments.

*Recommended Reading: Attachment Informed Art Therapy.  L. Proulx, 2017.

  • Early childhood: attachment, attunement and adaptation
  • Adolescents: shifting attachment to the peer group.
  • Adults: recreating the attachment paradigm in adult relationships
  • Aging population: living and dying with purpose, and staying connected to community.
Module 6: On the Spectrum
FOUR x 3-HOUR CLASSES

Explore the value of art experiences for people with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. Delve into how art helps clients imagine and think symbolically, recognize and respond to facial expressions, manage sensory issues, and even improve fine-motor skills.

  • Understanding autism spectrum disorder
  • Developing an interactive art template for supporting the ASD client
  • Incorporating therapeutic arts into Greenspan’s floor time model to focus on imaginative play, creativity and building initiative.
Module 7: Shifting the PTSD paradigm

FOUR x 3-HOUR CLASSES

Discover how arts-based approaches informed by neuroscience may help your clients with PTSD or DTD restore a sense of emotional and psychological safety and engage fully with the present.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • to understand identify themes in clients' art
  • to identify red flags in clients' art and what to do with them
  • to learn to create individualized techniques for individual clients
  • to create activities, themes, and goals for client groups
  • to know when the client should be referred to an art therapist