Distance Program Structure

The Institute uses a residential model of periodic intensive experiential coursework throughout the year, combined with online theoretical courses and practicum placements in the student’s home community.

Each year there are three intensives where distance students are required to come to Nelson and participate in courses and activities at the Institute. Although the exact dates vary each year, there are three weeks in September, three weeks in January/February, and two weeks in May. 

Supervision is offered to distance students in a number of formats: with local registered art therapists for face-to-face individual supervision, email and phone supervision, and group supervision during the residencies. Students may arrange practica in his or her place of work if approved by the Institute. Distance students are required to find their own placements, but are not required to find their own registered art therapist as a supervisor. The school will provide you with one.

The Distance structure is designed to be able to meet individual needs within the requirements of the art therapy training program.  If you have any questions about your situation, please feel free to contact the Institute.    

Prerequisites for Distance Program

Please see the Admissions page. 

Residencies are offered throughout the year at specific times and dates. Please contact the Institute for further information.