Curriculum Schedule

January 2019 Distance Learning Program


Semester One


January 7 – April 29, 2019:

  • The History and Development of the Profession of Art Therapy
    Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, RCAT, DTATI, RP

Bi-Weekly January 7- April 29, 2019:

  • Group Art Therapy Experiential
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

February 4 – February 25, 2019:

  • Ethics and Art Therapy
    Anu Lala, DTATI, RCAT, RP

February 25 – March 26, 2019:

  • Principles of Group Process
    Beth Merriam, MA, ATR-BC, RP

February 25 –April 29, 2019:

  • Practicum Preparation
    Helene Burt, DA, RCAT, ATR, RP
    Esther Zeller Cooper, DTATI, RCAT, RP
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP
    Karen Letofsky, Executive Director, Distress Centres Toronto

Semester Two (A half semester delivered on site in Toronto)


May 6 – May 17, 2019 / Each day classes are from 9:00 – 6:00 (with one hour for lunch):

Monday May 6, 2019:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Tuesday May 7, 2019:

  • Introduction to Symbolic Thinking According to C.G. Jung
    Lenore Walker, DTATI

Wednesday May 8, 2019:

  • Art Therapy with Older Adults
    April Penny, DTATI, RCAT,RP

Thursday May 9, 2019:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Friday May 10, 2019:

  • Art Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
    Sonya Thursby, DTATI.

Sunday May 12, 2019:

  • Introduction to CBT and DBT in Art Therapy
    Shelley Kavanagh, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Monday May 13, 2019:

  • Use of Mask in Art Therapy
    Naomi Kates, DTATI, RCAT<RP

Tuesday May 14, 2019:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Wednesday May 15, 2019:

  • Integrating Puppetry and Art Therapy
    Ruth Danziger, D.CREATE

Thursday May 16, 2019:

  • Medical Art Therapy
    Ruth Luginbuehl, MD, DTATI

Friday May 17, 2019:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Semester Three


July 29 -November 15, 2019:

  • Child and Adolescent Development and Art Therapy
    Sarah Brodie, MA, RP

Bi-Weekly July 29 – November 15, 2019:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

July 29 – September 20, 2019:

  • Postmodern Psychotherapies
    Helene Burt, D.A., RCAT, ATR, RP

August 26- September 20, 2019:

  • Art Therapy Assessment Techniques
    Ninat Friedland, MA, RP

September 23- October 18, 2019:

  • Art Therapy, Spirituality, Grief and Loss
    Claudia McKnight, DTATI, RCAT, RP

October 21-November 22, 2019:

  • Art Therapy with People Who Have a Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
    Beth Merriam, MA, ATR-BC, RP

October 21- November 15, 2019:

  • Trauma-Informed Art Therapy for People who have Survived Abuse and Violence
    Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Semester Four


November 25, 2019 -April 3, 2020 with a break from December 23, 2019- January 6, 2020

November 25, 2019 – February 28, 2020:

  • Research Methods in Art Therapy 24 Hours
    Ninat Friedland, MA, RP

November 25, 2019-April 3, 2020:

  • Social and Cultural Issues in Art Therapy 32 Hours
    Helene Burt, D.A., RCAT, ATR, RP
  • Art Therapy Experiential Group 32 Hours
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP
  • January 6, 2020 – April 17, 2020:

  • Peer Supervision 40 Hours
    Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT, RP

March 2 – March 6, 2020:

  • Addiction and Art Therapy 1 Hour
    (A two hour component of Art Therapy
    With Diverse Populations)
    Helene Burt, DA, RCAT, ATR, RP

March 9-March 27, 2020:

  • Phototherapy Techniques 4 Hours
    (A four hour component of Unique Techniques in Art Therapy)
    Helene Burt, DA, RCAT, ATR, RP

Reading Week: March 16 – 20, 2020

Semester Five (A half semester delivered on site in Toronto)


April 20 – May 1, 2020

April 20, 2020; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

April 21, 2020; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Peer Supervision
    Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT, RP

April 22, 2020; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

April 23, 2020; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • 9:00 am-1:00pm: Advanced Media and Techniques Esther Zeller Cooper, DTATI, RCAT, RP, TWS
    2:00pm- 6:00 pm: Jungian Sand Play Therapy Regina Cowan, RN, BScn, Med, ATC, ISST(c)

April 24, 2020; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

April 26, 2020 9:00am – 6:00pm:

  • Art Therapy with Diverse Populations
    9:00M -11:00AM: Art Therapy with Immigrant and Refugee Women Anu Lala, DTATI, RCAT, RP
    11:00 am -1:00pm: Healing Circle: Expressive Arts Therapy and Community Arts at Sanctuary Melodie Ng, DTATI
    2:00pm-4:00pm: Being in Community: Art Therapy with Women who have Experienced Violence and Abuse Jacqueline Compton, DTATI, RCAT, RP
    4:00 pm – 6:00pm: Art Therapy with Youth who are Incarcerated Barbara Collins, DTATI, RCAT, RP

April 27, 2020; 9:00 am -6:00 pm:

  • Mindfulness and Art Therapy
    Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT, RP

April 28, 2020; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

April 29, 2020; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

April 30, 2020; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Public and Private Practice in Art Therapy; Finding, Attaining and Creating Employment as an Art Therapist
    Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT, RP

May 1, 2020; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy with Diverse Populations
    9:00 am-11:00 am: Art Therapy with Adolescents in Secure Treatment Erin Briggs, DTATI.
    11:00 am-1:00pm: HArt Therapy with People with Developmental Delay Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT, RP
    2:00 pm-4:00pm: Art Therapy with Young Mothers Erin Kuri, MA, CCC, OATR, RP
    4:00pm-6:00pm: Art Therapy with Youth who have Sexually Offended Shelly Kavanaugh, DTATI, RCAT,RP


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