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Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Part 1 of 3


* Required Text - Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives, 1st Edition, by Ellen G. Levine (Editor), Stephen K. Levine (Editor)

Expressive arts processes have been used successfully in almost all psychotherapeutic contexts, ranging from work with the severely ill to the facilitation of human growth and potential. There is a growing use of the expressive arts in health education, hospice work, hospitals, corporations, and in community art projects especially after catastrophic events.

Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy is a multi-arts approach in which different art modalities are woven into the therapeutic process as appropriate to a person’s situation. It is not grounded in any particular techniques or media but in the capacity of all the arts to respond to human suffering.

Chapters covered will include the following:

1. Poiesis and post-modernism: the search for a foundation in expressive arts therapy
2. Soul nourishment, or the intermodal language of imagination
3. Artistic inquiry: research in expressive arts therapy
4. Voicework as Therapy: The Artistic Use of Singing and Vocal Sound to Heal Mind and Body

* NOTE: Students need to finish Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this course (Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy) to receive the full 45 learning hours (3 credit hours) needed as part of receiving their Registration as an Expressive Arts Therapist.


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy is approved as a continuing education provider for Social Workers and Counselors by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, (#159.001383). To learn more about continuing education, please visit our Continuing Education page.


This online course provides 15 CEUs (1 credit hour) for Social Workers and Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists and Expressive Arts Therapists. This course qualifies for Expressive Arts Therapy coursework requirements and can be used towards the REAT credentials.

Individual Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Part 1 of 3

  • Course Completion. You will have 30 days for 6 credit hour course, 45 days for a 9 hour course, and 90 days for a 15 hour course from the date of registration to complete it.


    Disclaimer. Anyone is welcome to take this course for information and inspiration! We reserve the right to determine eligibility for online registration courses. In order to receive continuing education units, upon request, professionals must show evidence of identity and mental health or creative arts therapy credentials and/or certification/registration from a nationally recognized certification/registration agency. For our online REAT track students, you may be asked show evidence of enrollment in a master's level or higher or equivalent course of study before beginning courses. To learn more about continuing education, please visit our Continuing Education page.


    Scope of Practice. Materials that are included in these online courses may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.


    Refund Policy. Due to the nature of our online learning system, and proprietary information shared with students upon entering our Learning Portal, we do not issue refunds for our online learning programs/courses.

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