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Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts offer people of all ages the opportunity to express themselves through art, craft, writing, music, movement, and narrative arts.

Expressive Arts practitioners incorporate a range of creative options into their existing professional skills and areas of expertise. Learn 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. Problem solving, conflict resolution, self-exploration, group dynamics, self-care, and much more are investigated in this highly experiential and discovery-based program. Examine the theoretical and practical approaches to expressive arts as a means of assisting people, and learn how to protect yourself from burnout. Fleming's Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts is a helpful addition to the counselling, teaching, support or ministry you currently offer others.

Mandatory courses include Expressive Arts - Exploring Relationships, Introduction to Expressive Arts, Planning Expressive Arts Experiences and Professional Issues with the Expressive Arts. The additional four courses focus on various modalities including - but not limited to - music, dance, mask, storytelling and art making.

Students may take this program part-time if there is space available, as priority registration is given to full time students. Part-time students pay individual course fees in accordance with our part-time fee schedule. There is no guarantee of part-time availability from year to year and college policy requires that students complete all certificate requirements (8 courses) within a five year timeframe. To register for an individual course, please call the school directly, 1-866-353-6464 ext. 4.

Our particular approach to training in the expressive arts is unique. A range of modalities is studied in a studio-based environment, providing an opportunity to work with a variety art materials and methods. Backed by the reputation of the Haliburton School of Art + Design 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.

  • an interest in the arts
  • good communication skills
  • empathetic, tactful and sensitive
  • culturally aware and diplomatic
  • a holistic attitude toward health and well-being
  • a respect for confidentiality
  • active listening skills
  • previous work experience in a social service 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.

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