Explore a framework for working with clients from a trauma background through safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment. This program also provides an indepth look at the scope of practice, limitations of practice, and the importance of intake and referral processes.

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

Course Length: 18 instructional hours

Delivery: Online

Credential: Certificate

Cost: $975

Maximum Students: 12 per class

Amount of Homework: 4-6 hours

Using therapeutic arts as a modality for exploration and expression beyond words, participants will recognize the importance of using the art-making process and media to provide a sense of self, foster trust in the therapeutic relationship and collaboratively work with their clients to discover creative techniques to use outside of the session to self-soothe and regulate in professional and personal settings. 


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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of when a client should be referred to an art psychotherapist
  • Recognize the prevalence of trauma and the pervasive impacts
  • Understand the signs and behaviors related to trauma
  • Identify one’s own triggers and how to manage them effectively while working in a therapeutic arts capacity
  • Facilitate therapeutic arts interventions for self regulation and soothing
  • Build trust in a healthy therapeutic relationship with clients who have experienced trauma



Participants must meet a minimum age requirement of 19 years.


We offer Trauma Informed Practices 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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