Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are some of the reasons that people train at The CREATE Institute?
Expressive arts therapy is a new and exciting field of therapeutic practice. It emphasizes creative expression in all its forms within a collaborative process in which both therapist and client are engaged. People come to CREATE Institute to enhance their professional skills and/or to re-train as expressive arts therapists. Individuals in career transition or those who are just beginning their professional life are also attracted to the program.
2. What level of education is needed to enroll at CREATE Institute?
Admissions criteria for the CREATE Institute training program include a suitable educational background, which normally consists of a bachelor’s degree (BA, BFA, BSW) in fine arts, psychology, social work, social science, etc.
In exceptional cases, non-degree students with a thorough practical training/experience in these areas may also be considered for admission into the program, if qualified. A PLAR (Prior Learning and Assessment) framework will be used to evaluate such an applicant’s qualifications for admission. In addition, each student’s personal readiness for the program will be evaluated, on a case-by-case basis, throughout the admission process.
3. Do I need to be a professionally trained artist?
Students are not expected to be professional artists, but should demonstrate a commitment to work in some artistic medium - creative writing, dance, theatre, music, visual arts, etc.
4. How much does CREATE cost?
CREATE tuition is currently $5,900 per year.
5. Can I work while I am training at CREATE?
Most students are able to work either part-time or full-time depending upon the flexibility of their jobs. In addition to class one evening per week and one weekend per month, CREATE students engage in practicum and studio work as well as personal therapy, reading and written assignments. This averages between about 20 hours per week, from September to May.
6. What are the practicum requirements?
In each year of the program, the practicum coordinator works with each student to find the right placement situation. By engaging in a practicum, students begin to learn about reaching out to the community, as well as presenting and articulating themselves as expressive arts therapists.
We place students in a variety of settings, some of which include special education classes in schools, child and adolescent mental health agencies, day treatment programs for adults with psychiatric disorders, addiction treatment facilities, homes for the aged, women's shelters, facilities for women dealing with eating disorder issues, hospice settings and many more. On most of these sites, students have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other helping professionals.
7. How many practicum hours are needed for the training program?
8. What happens after graduation?
After they graduate, students often move on to work in full or part-time capacities as expressive arts therapists.
Most graduates combine work at agencies, schools or other institutions with part-time private work. Some of the places where graduates are or have been employed as expressive arts therapists in the Toronto area include: Toronto General Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Muki-Baum Association, Central Toronto Youth Services, J.D. Griffen Centre, Sheena’s Place, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Bellwoods Centre, Toronto Board of Education, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Baycrest Centre, Parkdale Community Health Centre, L’Arche, Mt. Sinai Hospital. Graduates are also employed in other parts of Ontario and Canada.
9. What professional associations do Expressive Arts Therapists belong to?
CREATE Institute belongs to the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners. CREATE students, graduates and faculty can join:
10. Can I get an academic degree from my training at CREATE?
CREATE Institute is affiliated with the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Qualified students can receive advanced standing towards the Masters Degree at this institution and pursue their studies towards a degree either concurrently or after their CREATE training is completed.
11. What other options are there for training at CREATE?
Introduction to Expressive Arts Course
Introduction to Expressive Arts Course is a 3-hour weekly class, running for sixteen weeks, designed to help professionals expand their working skills to include the principles and practice of expressive arts. Didactic and experiential training will draw from core literature in the field of intermodal expressive arts as used in therapy, coaching, education and social change. This sixteen-week class can be taken for personal as well as professional development.
After finishing all course requirements, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Professional Development Workshop Series
Over the past few years, CREATE Institute has developed a series of Professional Development Workshops and Training with Expressive Arts. We place emphasis on experiential learning in combination with reflection on our experience to see how we can bring it into our work and our lives. CREATE Institute faculty, graduates and adjunct faculty with many years of experience facilitate the workshops and trainings.
This series appeals to therapists, counsellors, coaches, educators, artists and other professionals. We encourage both potential students for the CREATE program and those interested in personal growth, to join us in exploring the process of the Expressive Arts and how they shape us as both creator and witness. Previous experience in the arts may be helpful but is not required - just bring your curiosity and be ready to be surprised.
The CREATE Institute
468 Queen St. E. Suite LL01
Toronto, ON Canada
Tel: (416) 539-9728
Fax: (416) 531-8236