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Expressive Arts Therapy Coaching Certificate

Our Expressive Arts Therapy Coaching Certificate is a modular system of 12 courses designed for persons seeking knowledge of how the arts help create change in an existing profession.   Our weekends consist of all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and are designed to meet the high standards of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association,  and to fully prepare students to apply for the credential of REACE (Registered Expressive Arts Coach/Educator) with IEATA.

"In diversity there is beauty and there is strength." Maya Angelou

The Institute Coursework

Students attend experiential intensive weekends of hands-on intermodal and polyaesthetic skills training in the five major art disciplines: visual arts, poetry, drama, dance, and music. Training takes place online, in studio, and natural environments. Our adult learning model uses a lively mix of lecture, discussion and group and individual art-making designed to teach the body, mind and spirit of the student artist.

Students are given lists of required and suggested readings, and are assigned a reaction paper for each intensive. In addition, students are responsible for a research project and 20 page Apa-style paper.

Courses include intermodal dance, intermodal drama, intermodal music, intermodal visual arts, intermodal expressive writing and poetry, as well as two courses  on arts-based coaching, and one course on ethics.

Intensives include time for group dynamics where the learning community examines issues of growth, healing and transformation brought forth in the art making process. As students progress, intensives also include supervision of the students’ work at practicum sites.


During the year, students have a once-monthly supervision meeting, designed to support their ongoing practicum and professional practice.

Prerequisites and Requirements

Applicants must complete our prerequisite Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy. A Bachelor’s degree in the fields of human services, studio art, or humanities/liberal arts is preferred. The application form and letters of recommendation can be found inthe application materials.  After which the admission interview can be scheduled.


The Institute requires 200 hours community based practicum work, to thoroughly ground the student in hands-on practice. As little as five hours a week will allow the student to develop valuable skills in facilitation while fulfilling the practicum requirement. Individual and group supervision is provided.

How to Register?

Contact us by phone (619) 239-1713, or email to ask questions or register for the next introductory course. Check the events listing for the date of the next introductory course.

Online FREE Info Sessions

Get your questions answered and your curiosities about our program confirmed in a free 1 hour Zoom information session on Expressive Arts careers in Education, Therapy, Coaching and Consulting.

Online Course

Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy & Coaching

Facilitators Judith Greer Essex, Ph.D. & Wes Chester, MA, CAGS use their 50+ years combined experience to help you rediscover dance, music, drama visual art and poetry as resources for living a richer, more rewarding life. Live like you mean it!

expressive arts therapy intro course

Your professional education in expressive arts therapy begins here!