Vancouver School of Expressive Arts Therapy

The Vancouver School of Expressive Arts Therapy offers a comprehensive training program for individuals who want to pursue a career in expressive arts therapy. This 800-hour training includes experiential discovery through the arts, theory and philosophy of practice and engagement of the methods of arts-based therapy through field work and reflective practice.  This program offers a unique perspective that fosters the understanding of theory, principles and practices to support social change and social action.  Graduates can choose to apply their learning in a range of fields such as one-on-one expressive arts therapy, education, health and wellness, community organizations, community service and social activism.

Our training is suitable for those who wish to obtain an Expressive Arts Therapy diploma.  For continuing education options, please click here.

The part-time program extends over a ten-month period that begins in the fall of each year. Classes are scheduled on Wednesday evenings and over 15 intensive weekends, so that students are able to maintain their personal and working life commitments.

Program Objectives:  

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate broad theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the various modalities covered in the program
  • Demonstrate a clear knowledge of the ethics of expressive arts therapy practice within the broader context of health and wellness professions
  • Describe and communicate expressive arts therapy practice to other health professionals
  • Describe and evaluate the efficacy of expressive arts therapy in the context of clinical practice
  • Utilize professional skills and experience gained working with the public
  • Build a professional practice with confidence
  • Choose to pursue continuing education and advanced studies