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07 Nov

Creative & Expressive Arts (NWCEAI, US)

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Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute


  • Expressive Arts Therapy Professional Training Program
  • Certificate in NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching
  • Various Expressive Arts Workshops


Expressive Arts Therapy Professional Training Program


  • Location: Seattle, Washington, United States.
  • Length: 10 months
  • Format: Full online or hybrid which includes a component of in-person meetings
  • Language: English
  • Program Director: Dr. Sibel Golden, PhD, LMHC, REAT


About the Program 
Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) is an integrative/intermodal, multi-modality arts approach that is used with people of all ages and backgrounds. We offer a dynamic, comprehensive, hands-on approach that prepares clinicians to integrate Expressive Arts Therapy into various practice settings.

Program Breakdown:

  • Approximately 100 hours of class time and mentoring
  • Approximately 50 hours of home practice & online participation
  • Individual Creative Practice (documentation of 50 hours are required for the REAT)
  • 200 hours practicum with (documentation requirement for REAT, possibility of your worksite being eligible)


Program Includes:

  • Foundational Approaches of Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Applications of Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Individual Expressive Arts Therapy Process
  • Group Expressive Arts Therapy Process and Dynamics
  • Ethics and Best Practice
  • Independent Creative Practice
  • Monthly Small Group Mentoring/Consult
  • Exceptional Core Guest Faculty
  • Online Learning Platform
  • Learning resources including articles, book chapters, videos, and program slides
  • Access to Expressive Media Film Library
  • 25% discount off our public workshops, for the duration of the program (Sept.-June)
  • 30 CEs upon completion of the program


Program Curriculum
Each module includes a 3-pronged learning process:

  1. Understanding + Knowledge: Learning through readings, discussion, and presentation.
  2. Experiential/Hands-On Learning: Learning through class experientials, practicum, individual creative practice.
  3. Application: Applying learning to work environments + self of the expressive arts therapist.


Modules: A General Overview Sample

1. Foundations   
A. Creating Psychological Safety & Creative Freedom
B. Attunement & Presence
C. Becoming the witness in EXA
D. Creative Process
E. Ethics & Best Practice

2. Visual Media Orientation
A. Becoming comfortable and fluent with materials
B. Choosing materials wisely

3. Expressive Arts Foundational Practice

A. Creating Psychological Safety & Creative Freedom
B. Working with Process and Product
C. Understanding the Integrative/Intermodal Approach
D. Using the Person-Centered Approach
E. Working with Symbols and Metaphors

4. Applications of Expressive Arts Therapy (additions and substitutions may occur based on group and faculty needs)

A. Visual Arts
a) Drawing and Painting
b) Collage and Mixed Media
c) 3-D assemblage, Clay, Mask-making
d) Photography
e) Integrating the Visual Arts for intermodal practice

B. Expressive Writing
a) Elements
b) Techniques) Poetry
d) Creative & Visual Journal Writing
e) Integrating Writing for intermodal practice

C. Creative Movement
a) Somatic Awareness
b) Dancing Mindfulness
c) Authentic Movement
d) Integrating Movement for intermodal practice

D. Drama Therapy
a) Enactment and Drama Techniques
b) Storytelling
c) Improvisation Techniques
d) Integrating Drama for intermodal practice

E. Sound, Music, and Voice in Therapy
a) Benefits of and techniques for using sound and music in the counseling process
b) Using the Voice
c) Integrating Sound, Music, and Voice Approaches for intermodal practice

F. Sand Tray
a) Background and History
b) Expressive Arts Approach
c) Materials & building a collection

G. Mentoring and Home Practice.


Program website:

Credential: Certificate in Completion of Professional Expressive Arts Therapy Training from NWCEAI


Certificate in NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching


  • Location: Online synchronous format
  • Length: 6 months
  • Format: Online
  • Language: English
  • Program Director: Dr. Shoshana Simons, PhD, RDT


About the Program (Series Curriculum):

Module One: Foundational Theories & Practices

Building on the introductory “taster” workshop, this 8-week class for a total of 24 class hours class offers participants a deeper exploration of the theories and practices of NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching, including a focus on narrative assessment practices, externalization, re-authoring, thickening, and performing of alternative, preferred narratives through expressive arts & arts-based witnessing practices. Participants will commit to a minimum of one biweekly practice session with a fellow student outside of class, completing a practice assessment for each session. (Completion is a pre-requisite for Level Two)

Module Two: Collective NarrARTive Practices

In this highly experiential 9-hour, 3-part class, participants will be introduced to collective narrative expressive arts practices.  We will explore their application in working with groups and communities. (Completion is a pre-requisite for Level Three)

Module Three: Practicum

Training for the NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching Certificate Program culminates in co-facilitating with peers a pro bono Collective Arts Practice workshop for staff of a community service organization, either in-person or via Zoom under the supervision of the program trainers. Prior to the pro bono workshop, trainees will participate in a 9-hour, 3-part curriculum development, design & collaborative assessment class.


Program website:

Certificate: Certificate of Completion in NarrARTive Practices from Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute.



Various Expressive Arts Workshops


  • Location: Online or in Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Length: Various
  • Language: English


Workshops Include

  • Be Still:  Reflecting and Reclaiming through the Expressive Arts
  • Clay & Story
  • Creative Journal Writing for Clinical Practice
  • Cultivating Radical Acceptance through Artmaking, Improvisation and Storytelling
  • Ethics of Self-Care: an Art-Based Approach
  • Ethics of Self-Care: Exploring Resilience through Expressive Arts
  • Expressive Arts Toolbox: Using Visual and Writing Modalities in Individual Practice
  • Humor and Healing: A Key to Wellbeing
  • Personal Myths: Unpacking Inherited Stories
  • Sacred Sounding: Embracing our Authentic Voice
  • SoulCollage®: An Introduction
  • SoulCollage® for Clinical Insight Workshop: for Therapists, Counselors and Allied Health Professionals
  • Using Expressive Arts to Create Through the Pain


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