Distance Program Structure

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

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. Distance students are required to find their own placements, but are not required to find their own registered art therapist as a supervisor. The Institute will provide you with one.

A New Model for KATI’s Rhizome Horizon (Distance) Cohort 

Introducing the Groundwater Immersion


This year the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute is offering a new format for Rhizome Horizon (distance) students. This new format includes themed on-site immersions, exclusive to Rhizome Horizon students to keep class sizes small. Other significant changes include an expansion of our online learning environment and a reduction of the number of on-site immersions, reducing extra costs for Rhizome Horizon students.

This new cohort will begin July 3rd, 2018 with the Groundwater immersion.

The term ‘Groundwater’ refers to the Groundwater initiative, a movement within KATI to advocate for Indigenous-centered art therapy education while committing to ongoing processes of decolonization and reconciliation. During this three-week on-site immersion, students will be introduced to an Indigenous method of art therapy practice with a focus on community-building and experiential course work. The immersion will be followed by online course work and the development of community and clinical art therapy placements. KATI’s theoretical courses are currently being reviewed and revised to reflect the principles of the Groundwater initiative, including further integration of Indigenous perspectives and methodologies.

The second year will follow a similar pattern—beginning with a themed 3-week residential immersion in July for experiential courses, followed by online course work, clinical placements in community, and major project / thesis work. This first cohort will complete with a 3-week residential immersion in July followed by their remaining placements and research year.

In summary, this new delivery model includes:

a)      3 three-week themed immersions each July;

1)      2018 - Groundwater: Indigenous healing; loss & grief

2)      2019 - Fire and Earth: Expressive arts therapy; family art therapy; trauma

3)      2020 - Air and Sky: Arts-based community development; eco art therapy

b)     Online course work and engagement via class webinars

c)      Online individual and small group art therapy supervision and clinical placement courses

d)     Weekly circle via webinar

Applications for the Rhizome Horizon cohort will be reviewed starting in March 2018.

The Groundwater immersion will also be available as a two-week stand-alone workshop (July 3 - July 20, 2018). More information about the stand-alone workshop will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

 “Walking side by side: sharing resiliency, respect and reciprocity” (Carpendale, 2018)

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.