Therapeutic Arts Practitioner & Master Practitioner Program

Program Description

What is TAPPs?

TAPPSTherapeutic Art Practitioner Program aka 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 experiencial training program.

Apply these new techniques and modalities to your own life or when working with clients and community members in your professional life.

TAPP’s is not intended to certify you as an art therapist, but the experiential components offer practical techniques to enrich your existing clinical or teaching practice, or simply to apply to your own creative process. If you are already using art in your practice, TAPP’s will assist you in understanding the vibrancy and healing power in the art process.

NOTE: A 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.


  • Is as effective with clients and patients who have no background in art as well as those who do. You do not have to be an artist or therapist to use these techniques, modalities, and knowledge.
  • Will give you tools to enhance your work with clients by offering a new avenue for you and your clients to express themselves.
  • Will guide you in assessments and develop your own art techniques that are appropriate for your individual clients and for groups.

Each Professional Development Program is tailored to a specific audience and taught by faculty who are clinically experienced with that group.

Clinical, therapeutic applications

TAPP’s Applications Clinical, therapeutic applications You will learn specific techniques and modalities to work with your students, clients and patients in your own profession. Community applications, such as arts-based education, body work, ministry and coaching You will learn specific techniques to work with communities and groups where healing arts are practised

  • Hospitals (e.g., CiiAT outpatient program at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, Canada) and nursing homes
  • community mental health centers, shelters, prisons
  • early childhood programs, special schools

Reinforcement of knowledge or to learn new skills: Art Therapists, psychologists, therapists, teachers, coaches or parents. Self-care, intentional creativity, and personal growth. What energizes you? What creative techniques will you integrate into your life? Exploration of a career change? This course is ideal for those that are artists or complete beginners to the field of healing arts considering a career change to become an Art Therapist.

Therapeutic Art Practitioner Program level includes four modules delivered Live-on-Line. Students successfully completing all four modules are granted The Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Certificate©.

Therapeutic Art Master Practitioner Program includes three additional modules delivered Live-on-Line. Students successfully completing all three modules are granted The Therapeutic Arts Master Practitioner Certificate©.

As we come to understand the impact of creativity and art-making on the brain, we increasingly see the importance of incorporating the arts into everyday life. For people of all ages dealing with health and mental health issues, the therapeutic arts can deepen and enhance their healing process. 

Course Description

Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Certification
TAPPSPractitioner Level – Modules 1-4:     Making art has a positive effect on the brain which allows the client to heal (Proulx, 2017). Learning Objectives for Modules 1-4:

  • Become familiar with the therapeutic use of the arts
  • Identify the role art plays in the healing process
  • Become familiar with recent research on the arts and the brain
  • Practice and apply basic techniques across a variety of client populations

 Graduates of all four modules receive the Therapeutic Arts Practitioner Certification TAPP’s Programs are currently available Live-on-Line online; and on in-person in Victoria, Canada or at our sister schools in Bangkok, Thailand; Tokyo, Japan.

Module 1: Introduction to Therapeutic Arts
Explores 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
Explores how the use of media helps you and others express emotions without words.

  • Two dimensional and three- dimensional work, large and small: Playing with form and size, including symbolism
  • Contained versus 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
Explores art-making for everyone in community settings.

  • Engaging community in art making
  • Find ourselves with found objects, holy junk and art hives!
  • Community studios: do’s and don’ts
Module 4: Mindfulness and contemplation in the arts
Module 4: Mindfulness and contemplation in the arts Explores 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
Advanced Training Master Practitioner
TAMPSAdvanced Training Master Practitioner:  Master Level is designed for mental health providers, psychotherapists, nurses and educators currently working with clients The advanced level dives deeper into the application of therapeutic arts related to specific topic areas. CiiAT offers these modules in both a Live-on-Line format, as well as an in-person format. Live-on-Line courses are made up of 60 hours direct ‘face-to-face’ on-camera on-line instruction with senior faculty. Learning Objectives for Modules 5-7: Participants will:

  • Understand and identify themes in clients’ art;
  • Identify red flags in clients’ art (and what do to with them);
  • Learn to create individualized techniques for individual clients;
  • Create activities, themes and goals for client groups; and
  • Know when the client should be referred to an Art Therapist.

Graduates of all seven modules receive the Therapeutic Arts Master Practitioner Certification

Module 5: Realigning relationships
This module will 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: RE creating the attachment paradigm in adult relationships
  • Aging population: Living and dying with purpose, and staying connected to community.
Module 6: On the Spectrum
Art experiences can have significant value for people with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. Many people with autism have a remarkable ability to think visually in pictures. Using pictures, they can process memories and express ideas through drawing and other artistic media. Art becomes a way to express and communicate with very little or no verbal interaction. Working this way helps clients imagine and think symbolically, recognize and respond to facial expressions, manage sensory issues, and even improve their 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
Traumatic experiences often continue to be lived out and re-experienced daily by survivors.  Through arts-based approaches and neuroscience, learn how to help your clients restore a sense of emotional and psychological safety and engage fully with the present moments.

  • Lusebrink’s model (2010) -Neurodevelopment and arts therapies
  • Drawn by Experience: Interacting with art and film depicting traumatized experiences
  • Drawn by Experience, Part 2: Exteriorizing emotions through art connected to trauma
Tuition Fees
For Non-CiiAT Students:
$995 per registrant, per module
or register for all 7 and save $700
at $895 per module.
For CiiAT Students & Alumni:
$695 per module
Some conditions apply.
Contact enrollment
TAPPs Calendar

Upcoming TAPPs Classes

  • TAPPs 3 Group and Community Arts January 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • TAPPs 1. Intro to Therapeutic Arts January 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • TAPPs 3 Group and Community Arts January 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • TAPPs 1. Intro to Therapeutic Arts January 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • TAPPs 3 Group and Community Arts January 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • TAPPs 1. Intro to Therapeutic Arts January 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • TAPPs 3 Group and Community Arts January 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • TAPPs 1. Intro to Therapeutic Arts January 31, 2019 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • TAPPs 4 Mindfulness in the Arts March 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • TAPPs 2. The Media Continuum March 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm