Expressive Arts offer people of all ages the opportunity to express themselves through art, craft, writing, music, movement, and narrative arts.
Getting through life's challenges and crossroads is often difficult. While traditional therapies and counselling are helpful, sometimes at these moments we need to tap into our deepest creative self to deal with our feelings and emotions. Fleming's Ontario Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts is a helpful addition to the counselling, teaching, or ministry you currently offer others. As a teacher, artist, nurse, social worker, minister, or someone in a caring profession, you will benefit from knowing how to facilitate the development and transformation of the people in your care, through expressive arts.
You will explore your own creativity and learn how to design and deliver expressive arts programming to people in a variety of circumstances. In addition, you will examine the theoretical and practical approaches to expressive arts as therapy, and learn how to protect yourself from burnout. Mandatory courses include Exploration of Therapeutic Relationships, Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapies, Planning Expressive Arts Experiences and Professional Issues with the Expressive Arts. The additional four courses focus on various modalities, including music, dance, clowning, mask, storytelling and art making. You may take this certificate on a part-time basis, course by course, or in an intensive eight-week format offered each spring.
Part-time students pay individual course registration fees. Individual course registrations ($322.53 plus materials per course) will be considered in the 8-week program on March 24, 2014, dependent upon the complete program registration level and space availability. Up to 4 courses can be taken within the spring 8-week program and a limited number of courses are also available each summer.
Why Choose Fleming
Our particular approach to training in the Expressive Arts is unique. We offer the certificate with the flexibility of studying full or part-time so professionals currently working can fit this training into their busy schedules. Backed by the reputation of the Haliburton School of The Arts, and many enthusiastic instructors with experience in counselling therapies and/or the arts, you will benefit professionally and personally from your time spent in pursuit of this certificate.
Is this You?
- an interest in the arts
- good communication skills
- empathy, tact and sensitivity
- cultural awareness and diplomacy
- a holistic attitude toward health and well-being
- active listening skills
- active work on your own self-development
- previous work experience in a therapeutic capacity is an asset
The Expressive Arts Certificate will be a useful complement to an existing career in education, counselling, social work, social service, the arts or ministry. With the broad-based focus of this certificate, expect to find yourself using many of the skills you have learned in the workplace on a daily basis.
Minimum Admission Requirements
The minimum admission requirement is a human service or arts Ontario College Diploma or university degree. Applicants who do not have the academic admission requirements as stated above, but who have relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. These requirements apply to full-time and part-time studies.
For more information see the Pathways to University page.
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