Curriculum Schedule

January 2017 Distance Learning Program


Semester One


January 3 – April 28, 2017:

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

Bi-Weekly January 3- April 28, 2017:

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

February 1 – February 24, 2017:

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

February 27 – March 30, 2017:

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

February 27 –April 28, 2017:

  • Practicum Preparation
    Helene Burt, DA, RCAT, ATR
    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 1 – May 12, 2017 / Each day classes are from 9:00 – 6:00 (with one hour for lunch):

Monday May 1, 2017:

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

Tuesday May 2, 2017:

  • Introduction to Symbolic Thinking According to C.G. Jung
    Jean Connon Unda, Diploma in Analytical Psychology (OAJA)

Wednesday May 3, 2017:

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

Thursday May 4, 2017:

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

Friday May 5, 2017:

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

Sunday May 7, 2017:

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

Monday May 8, 2017:

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

Tuesday May 9, 2017:

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

Wednesday May 10, 2017:

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

Thursday May 11, 2017:

  • Medical Art Therapy
    Ruth Luginbuehl, MD, DTATI

Friday May 12, 2017:

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

Semester Three


August 1-November 17, 2017:

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

Bi-Weekly August 7- November 17, 2017:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT

August 1- September 22, 2017:

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

August 28- September 22, 2017:

  • Art Therapy Assessment Techniques
    Ninat Friedland, MA, CCC

August 28- September 22, 2017:

  • Art Therapy Assessment Techniques
    Ninat Friedland, MA, CCC

September 25- October 20, 2017:

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

October 23-November 24, 2017:

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

October 23- November 17, 2017:

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

Semester Four


November 20, 2017-April 14, 2018 with a break from December 18, 2017- January 2, 2018

November 20, 2017-February 23, 2018:

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

November 23, 2015-April 23, 2018:

  • Social and Cultural Issues in Art Therapy 32 Hours
    Helene Burt, D.A., RCAT, ATR

November 23, 2015-April 23, 2018:

  • Social and Cultural Issues in Art Therapy 32 Hours
    Helene Burt, D.A., RCAT, ATR
  • Art Therapy Experiential Group 32 Hours
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT

February 26-April 23, 2017:

  • Peer Supervision 40 Hours
    Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT

March 5-March 16, 2018:

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

March 19-March 23, 2018:

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

Reading Week: March 26 – 30, 2018

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


April 16 – 27, 2018

April 16, 2018; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT

April 17, 2018; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Peer Supervision
    Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT

April 18, 2018; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT

April 19, 2018; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

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

April 20, 2018; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT

April 22, 2018 9:00am – 6:00pm:

  • Art Therapy with Diverse Populations
    9:00M -11:00AM: Art Therapy with Immigrant and Refugee Women Anu Lala, DTATI, RCAT
    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
    4:00 pm – 6:00pm: Art Therapy with Youth who are Incarcerated Barbara Collins, DTATI, RCAT

April 23, 2018; 9:00 am -6:00 pm:

  • Mindfulness and Art Therapy
    Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT

April 24, 2018; 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT

April 25, 2018 9:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
    Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT

April 26, 2018; 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

April 27, 2018; 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, RP.
    11:00 am-1:00pm: HArt Therapy with People with Developmental Delay Suzanne Thomson, DTATI, RCAT
    2:00 pm-4:00pm: Art Therapy with Young Mothers Erin Kuri, MA, CCC, OATR
    4:00pm-6:00pm: Art Therapy with Youth who have Sexually Offended Shelly Kavanaugh, DTATI, RCAT


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