Course Descriptions

T 501: Art Therapy History

This course focuses on the role of art in healing practices from pre-history to the present. The roots of art therapy will be explored from psychoanalysis, anthropology and art history. Students will explore parallels between traditional symbolic healing practices and the development of Art Therapy in art education, medicine, rehabilitation, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry.

T 503: Contemporary Art Therapy: Theory & Practice  

The examination of the theoretical foundations of art therapy will cover a wide spectrum of approaches to art therapy and the underlying theories. It will include phenomenological, psychoanalytical, object relations, existential, humanistic, developmental, cognitive, behavioural, psychocybernetic, and gestalt orientations to art therapy

T 504: Art Therapy: Human Development      

Theories of human development will be considered in relationship to the practice of art therapy. Human development will look at the full life span and specific attention will be given to the theories of Freud, Erikson, Klein, Winnicott, Piaget, Greenspan and Bowlby. Current neuroscience and brain research will be discussed in relationship to attachment theory and art therapy practice.

T 505: Art Therapy Seminar:  Clinical Issues & Ethics 

This course will examine the application of art therapy to the treatment of specific clinical issues with a variety of client populations. This seminar will explore therapeutic boundaries and ethics pertaining to art therapy. 

EC 506: Art Therapy: Group Dynamics & Therapeutic Skills

This experiential course focuses on the development of therapeutic skills required in the practice of art therapy. The principles of group therapy will be explored in the context of art therapy. Students will have an opportunity to create art and to practice the role of the art therapist in dyads, triads and small groups. The opportunity to enact the client, the therapist and the observer will provide an opportunity to integrate art therapy theory and practice. The focus of this course is to practice art therapy and to have an opportunity for constructive feedback. It will be an interactive and dynamic process.

EC 507: Art Therapy Training Group 

This experiential art therapy studio course offers an opportunity for the student to personally experience the art therapy process through exploration of art materials and art therapy techniques applicable to work with individuals and groups. The facilitator will process artwork with each participant within the group. There will be opportunity through group discussion to review the art therapy process from different theoretical and therapeutic perspectives. 

EC 517: Art Therapy Training Group 

This experiential art therapy studio course offers an opportunity for the student to personally experience the art therapy process through exploration of art materials and art therapy techniques applicable to work with individuals and groups. The facilitator will process artwork with each participant within the group. There will be opportunity through group discussion to review the art therapy process from different theoretical and therapeutic perspectives. 

EC 527: Art Therapy Training Group: Focus on Dreams

This experiential art therapy studio course offers an opportunity for the student to personally experience working with dreams combined with the art therapy process. The facilitator will process dreams and artwork with each participant within the group. There will be opportunity through group discussion to review the process of exploring dreams and the art therapy process from different theoretical and therapeutic perspectives. 

T 508: Art Therapy & Mental Health 

This course explores the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and abnormal functioning within the context of art therapy practice. The course includes an orientation to cultural complexities regarding health, illness and psychopathology. 

R 510: Art Therapy Research: Qualitative Methods

This course orients students to the spectrum of qualitative research approaches, methodology, and related issues to conducting art therapy research. There will be a focus on developing critical thinking skills related to research, developing case studies as a research method and initiating a thesis proposal for the requirements of the KATI Diploma.

T 602: Art Therapy: Interpretative Methods

A variety of interpretative frameworks will be examined that can be applied to the practice of art therapy. Metaphor theory, structuralism, psychoanalytic theory, hermeneutics and the phenomenological method will be introduced and explored through art making and writing. A postmodern approach to interpretation will be used to explore art, nature, symbols, culture, fairytales and therapy. 

T 605: Art Therapy Seminar:  Advanced Clinical Issues

This course will examine the application of art therapy to the treatment of specific clinical issues that second year students are working with in their practicum placements.

EC 606: Art Therapy: Group Dynamics & Therapeutic Skills

This experiential course focuses on the development of therapeutic skills required in the practice of art therapy. The principles of group therapy will be explored in the context of art therapy. Students will have an opportunity to create art and to practice the role of the art therapist in dyads, triads and small groups. The opportunity to enact the client, the therapist and the observer will provide an opportunity to integrate art therapy theory and practice. The focus of this course is to practice art therapy and to have an opportunity for constructive feedback. It will be an interactive and dynamic process.

EC 607: Art Therapy Training Group

This experiential art therapy studio course offers an opportunity for the student to personally experience the art therapy process through exploration of art materials and art therapy techniques applicable to work with individuals and groups. The facilitator will process artwork with each participant within the group. There will be opportunity through group discussion to review the art therapy process from different theoretical and therapeutic perspectives.  

EC 617: Art Therapy Training Group

This is the second half of EC 607: an experiential art therapy studio course that offers an opportunity for the student to personally experience the art therapy process through exploration of art materials and art therapy techniques applicable to work with individuals and groups. The facilitator will process artwork with each participant within the group. There will be opportunity through group discussion to review the art therapy process from different theoretical and therapeutic perspectives.

EC 627: Art Therapy Training Group: Focus on Dreams

This experiential art therapy studio course offers an opportunity for the student to personally experience working with dreams combined with the art therapy process. The facilitator will process dreams and artwork with each participant within the group. There will be opportunity through group discussion to review the process of exploring dreams and the art therapy process from different theoretical and therapeutic perspectives.

EC 609: Expressive Therapy        

This experiential course introduces a variety of expressive therapies and different orientations to psychotherapy. The main topics include photo-therapy, drama, movement, sand tray, play and poetry therapy.

R 610: Art Therapy Research: Advanced Qualitative Methods

This course orients students to a deeper understanding of research methodology and how to apply it specifically to their thesis question. There will be a focus on critical thinking and further developing their skills in presenting case studies as a research method.

EC 611: Art Therapy: Cultural Identity   

This course orients students to the complexities of cultural influences in the therapeutic relationship. Cultural identity includes addressing age, generational influences, developmental and acquired disabilities, ethnicity, religion and spiritual orientation, socio-economic class, indigenous heritage, national origin and gender.

EC 612: Art Therapy: Ecological Identity and Special Topics 

The focus of this course is on philosophical and theoretical orientations of contemporary art therapists, in particular attention will be on nature based art therapy, eco-psychology and the development of an ecological identity. Creativity, the creative process and art will be considered in the context of therapy, education and social change.

Supervision Course Description Overview

Supervision includes planning, reviewing and evaluating art therapy services provided by the supervisee. It includes: 

  • Review of client art and clinical work; 
  • Case review of clinical files, (includes intakes, progress notes, summary reports, treatment plans, termination); 
  • Discussion of referrals, agency relationships, 
  • Crisis intervention, limit setting, ethics, , and; 
  • Exploration of transference and counter transference dynamics as they pertain to clinical work; 
  • Discussion of group work: designing, planning, setting goals and exploring issues and dynamics.

On-Line Supervision

The on-line program provides an opportunity for distance supervision with certified Supervisors in Art Therapy.  Participants will receive case consultation or supervision based on the entire spectrum of art therapy intervention models (directive-to-nondirective). Supervisee students follow the supervision contract set out by the school. 

Thesis/Major Project

Students are required to either complete a thesis or approved major project as partial fulfillment of the Diploma in Art Therapy. Theses must contain original research and be approved for publication. Major Projects must be approved by the student's advisers and meet the completion requirements set out for the project.