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Expressive Arts

All Continuing Education Certificate courses may be taken as either certificate courses or as stand-alone Continuing Education courses. Prerequisites must be observed.

Our 60-hour expressive arts certificate was designed for practicing therapists, mental health professionals, organizational consultants, ministers and educators who wish to integrate the creative process and the techniques of expressive arts therapy into their work. Expressive arts therapy includes the use of one or more art forms - visual arts, dance, movement, drama, music and poetry - to facilitate self-expression, personal growth, therapeutic change, group process, team building and problem solving. The expressive arts certificate may be used to enhance a clinical practice, expand competence with a variety of art modalities, explore therapeutic interventions and/or enliven work in the classroom.

My training in Expressive Art Therapy has proven to be an invaluable alternative for self-understanding and personal expression for the adolescents I work with, many of whom have had more than their fair share of talk therapy. The ultimate endorsement for extended study in Expressive Arts is the positive impact it has had on the people I work with. I can point to several cases where an expressive art intervention was the pivotal experience that led to successful outcomes.
- David Benoit, MFT

Certificate Requirements: A total of six course is required. This includes one core course and five electives.

Courses Currently Offered:

Elective Course
Active Imagination and Depth Psychotherapy: Jung's Method and Contemporary Reflections

Elective Course
A Contemporary Jungian Approach to Working with Dreams

Core Course
Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy

Elective Course
Somatic Expressive Arts and Soulcollage Interventions to Re-Image the Body and Self in Eating Disorder Recovery

Elective Course
Expressive Arts with Children

Elective Course
Art Therapy with Traumatized Teens

Elective Course
Deepening Imagery with Expressive Arts

Elective Course
Dreams and the Expressive Arts: A Contemporary Jungian Approach

Discount Available! Enroll in three classes in this series at one time and receive10 percent off each class.

Certificate Series Enrollment
The certificate program enrollment fee is $35. Please submit a Certificate Program Enrollment form on or before registering for your third course in the series. You will have three years to complete your course work from the date of your enrollment. Click here to submit your Certificate Program Enrollment online or use the downloadable enrollment form available under "Related Downloads" on the right side of this page.

Certificate Series Completion
After you have completed the all the courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, please complete and submit a Certificate Verification form, available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page or send an email to Please allow six weeks for your course work to be reviewed and a certificate to be issued to you.

Frequently Asked Questions are available under "Related Downloads" on the right side of this page.