Two Year Clinical Art Therapy Certification
Taught by CiiAT Clinical Director Michelle Winkel MA, ATR, RCAT

Attachment_informed-600x.jpgTaught by CiiAT Founding Director Lucille Proulx, MA, ATR, RCAT and Michelle Winkel MA, ATR, RCAT

Work with senior art therapists Lucille Proulx and Michelle Winkel in this rigorous one week, 40 hour experiential intensive.

The program is open to new students and returning students. Ideal for Art Therapists, Community-based artists, Psychologists and anyone working in the Human Services fields. No art experience required, though interest in the creative process, such as photography, expressive dance, sculpture, drama or visual arts is preferred.

Attachment theory provides a useful framework to inform all therapeutic practice. This course provides a comprehensive overview of an attachment-informed art therapy model with a focus on dyadic work with children and their caregivers as well as other parts of the life cycle. Participants will learn about the art therapy process as a vehicle for changing internal working models; creating a secure base in the therapeutic relationship with clients; formulating and processing relationship experiences; transference and counter-transference; and working with different attachment styles or patterns, including insecure and conflicted. Interventions for symptoms such as feeding, sleeping and behaviour challenges in infants and young children will be explored through experiential, arts-based means.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn the theoretical basis for attachment-informed arts-based psychotherapy Participants will learn and practice techniques for working directly with clients, including dyads Training includes enhancing participant’s awareness of their own and their clients’ attachment experiences


Eight Live-on-Line sessions, running once per week on Thursdays, starting May 2, 2019.

Level 1: We will explore key theories that inform our art therapy model. The focus for level 1 is infants and young children and their caregivers.

Level 2: We will explore assessment and arts- based intervention techniques, including Greenspan’s Functional Emotional Assessment Scale, useful for children with PDD. The focus for level 2 is latency-aged children, youth and adults and their caregivers

Further Objectives:

  1. To familiarize the students with the various theoretical approaches involved in psychotherapy and art psychotherapy.
  2. To inform students on how various applications apply to understand art work.
  3. To choose appropriate theoretical approaches for therapeutic intervention.
  4. To understand the history of art therapy.

This program is approved by CATA, PTIB, and IEATA.

This course is designed to educate students on the art therapy ethical elements that combine to form the basis of the practicing art therapist’s values and beliefs. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of the CATA code of Ethics, evaluate the ethical dilemmas and make clinical decisions based on art therapy ethical principles and legal requirements.

Students are introduced to a supervised clinical experience.  All aspects of work directly related to client contact will be included. Students will participate in group and/or individual art therapy supervision live-on-line or in-person. They will present case material from their practicum placements and undertake relevant readings. There will be provision for self-evaluation as well as discussion with peers and supervisors of experience in the field. The goal is to increase students’ ability to evaluate their own effectiveness.