Welcome to the Expressive Arts Institute, home of America’s premiere education in Expressive Arts Therapy, Coaching and Education.
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.
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.
Our first new education and training program in 20 years. This 12 course program consists of weekend meetings (online for now) and a seven day in-person summer program. It covers the intermodal decentering methods and coaching specific courses. Supervision every month. Qualifies the student to apply for the REACE (registered expressive arts coach/educator) with IEATA (international expressive arts therapy association). (CDC guidelines followed)
Our First Ever Institute Summertime Intensive!
Join us for seven days of in-person expressive arts: dance, drama, music, visual arts, and expressive writing. Enjoy deep play in the arts. Come get your creative juices flowing. Credits from this course can be applied to the Master’s Degree, the Professional Diploma, and Coaching Certificate programs. Current students, incoming students, and those new to the Institute are welcome. We will work both outdoors in retreat and in studio, on individual projects and community arts. August 18th, through 21st. Greater San Diego area. (CDC guidelines followed).
Free Info Sessions, Online Courses, Workshops, In-Person events and more!
For over twenty years, the Expressive Arts Institute has offered education and training from our home in San Diego, CA across the diverse communities of San Diego county, the United States, and the world. Our mission is quite simply to spread the word about Expressive Arts as broadly as possible, to raise awareness of theory-based helping arts to transform individuals and communities. We believe that arts based change within a community only proceeds naturally through initiatives generated by members of that community. In service of this ideal, the institute invites a student body that is diverse in terms of race/ ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation, nationality, etc. We are looking for students who want to be part of the solution to the difficulties of the world and in their own communities. Our professional education and training will give you the tools to be more effective in the work you want to do in the world. Join our international community of artist helpers/healers, and add your own unique vision into our rich tapestry of helping, healing and educating through the arts.
"As a lifelong learner and dedicated volunteer involved in arts and education I approached the E.A.I. introductory class with curiosity and some trepidation. A few prior E.A.I. graduates were in my circle and I highly admired them all, but didn’t really imagine taking on such a large commitment or inspiring to make such a shift in my career path or life direction. I was awestruck by the end of the weekend. Having never so clearly before been exactly where I should be. My overwhelming feeling was “this is who I am, this is what I do.” I haven’t looked back and am on the most fantastic journey of my life."
"When I attended the Intro Course, I said to myself, “this is what I have been looking for… for so long.” Before the weekend was over, I was already planning the next two years and what I would do to be in this beautiful place. So, yes! Of course the introductory course changed my life, without a doubt! It was the beginning of another era, another way of feeling and seeing the world around and inside me."
Judith is the most gifted facilitator I have ever encountered. Her complete embodiment and use of the arts in healing brings amazing results. A whole new world opened up to me after being guided by her expertise and heart-warming sensitivity to the human condition. Whether she is hired as a private therapist, speaker, or teacher, I believe she is worth more than money could ever buy.”
“Dr. Judith Greer Essex, director of the Expressive Arts Institute, provides an exemplary education for those seeking a healing profession through the arts. Her knowledge of the philosophy and practice of expressive arts is articulated with intelligence, compassion, and delightful humor. As a student, I was encouraged and supported throughout the program with great insight and honesty. Dr. Essex is truly a wise woman who knows how the arts can help us find our way. I fully recommend Dr. Essex and the Expressive Arts Institute for education and training in expressive arts.”
“I have known Judith, who I call Greer, for over 35 years. We met when we worked together at the first domestic violence shelter in San Diego. Without at doubt, she is one of the smartest women I know, and she is my go-to person whenever I need insightful, wise advice. Greer has built her school and career from the ground up with dedication to cutting edge creativity and academic grounding. You will benefit greatly from working with her, I guarantee it.”
“You have prepared us so well, thank you. All the vocabulary for us makes total sense- some folks have not a clue what the professors are saying. We do 🙂 Thank you, thank you. This experience has been exciting, motivating and extraordinary so far. And it’s really only just begun. I wanted to send my thanks to our Momma EXA bear ♥”
Jose Roberto Nascimento
“Greer is a raw driving force beneath and within. The depth of her blue eyes, and the magnetic smile, is a pure invitation to try…, experiment…, or just to stay still. I always enjoyed when the existence connects us. It is an experience to take with me anywhere I might go.”
"Oh, how marvelous to be led in creative expression — especially when technology and its offspring run amuck around us, especially when Judith is role modeling, teaching, leading, gamboling with Light and Love."
"Dr. Essex is a professor and mentor I’m fortunate to have. Her expertise in facilitating a learning environment that allows experience, open-ended growth of trust and competency on both the individual and group levels is uniform. She has taught me to stretch the boundary of current ideas and relations in the modern world, encouraged individual creativity and thought."