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Expressive Arts Therapy Programs, Diploma & Certification

Judith Greer Essex & Wes Chester Expressive Arts Institute San Diego

Judith Greer Essex, Ph.D. MFT, REAT, ADTR Founding Director & Wes Chester , MA, CAGS, Expressive Arts Institute Director

Welcome to the Expressive Arts Institute, home of America’s premiere education in Expressive Arts Therapy, Coaching and Education for 23 years.

Since 1998, we have provided California’s only fully integrated intermodal, interdisciplinary education for Expressive Arts Practitioners. The Institute offers an accredited MA in Expressive Arts Therapy with a low residency European study component, in cooperation with the field leading European Graduate School (EGS). We also offer training and education for licensed professionals seeking registration or simply to add skills in the arts to their practice, and a certificate program in Expressive Arts Coaching.

Whether you are looking for a next step in your arts based career, or looking to add the therapeutic arts into your educational practice, the institute is your choice for excellence.

PLEASE NOTE

During COVID 19, the institute continues the tradition of quality education through our hybrid program, which features weekend intensives online, with a low residency summer component in San Diego, CA, as permitted by CDC guidelines. We will return to in-person programming as soon as immunization and  sound science permits us to do so.

The EGS Master’s Program

The EGS Expressive Arts Therapy Master’s Program is a modular system of coursework designed for persons seeking an initial or additional graduate degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. As a module provider for the European Graduate School, Switzerland, we offer a one weekend per month program that will fit around your working schedule. Our weekends consist of all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and are designed to meet the high standards of EGS, and to fully prepare students to apply for the credential of REAT (Registered Expressive Arts Therapist) with IEATA.

EGS Phd Prep

The EGS Ph.D. Program is for those students who already have completed a master’s degree in human services or fine arts. In order to apply to EGS, the student needs to have had some arts based training or may obtain this training through the Institute.

For those who wish to do the Institute Expressive Arts training, the San Diego portion is similar to the master’s level training.


Expressive Arts Therapy Diploma

The Professional Expressive Arts Therapy Diploma is suitable for persons who already possess a master’s degree in a human services field, seeking additional therapeutic skills, and certification. The Expressive Arts Institute, San Diego offers a unique “one weekend per month” training program that fits around your working schedule. Along with your degree, this training fully prepares you to apply for your credential of REAT (Registered Expressive Arts Therapist) with IEATA .

Coaching Certificate

CEU classes don’t have to be dry power points, online testing or simply a way to fulfill requirements.

The Expressive Arts Institute provides classes that are useful, heartfelt, experiential and arts-based. Bring the arts to your practice, by taking part in anything from a 2 hour workshop to a two year comprehensive training program.

Continuing Education – CEU Courses

CEU classes don’t have to be dry power points, online testing or simply a way to fulfill requirements.

The Expressive Arts Institute provides classes that are useful, heartfelt, experiential and arts-based. Bring the arts to your practice, by taking part in anything from a 2 hour workshop to a two year comprehensive training program

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.

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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!