The Expressive Arts Institute is part of the graduate program in expressive and creative arts, along with the graduate programs in holistic counseling and holistic leadership.
In addition to the graduate credit programs, a non-credit professional development program is offered each year. This three-weekend training program provides artists, counselors, educators and those in related fields with basic training in the expressive and creative arts.
Participants learn how to integrate the visual arts with movement, sound and expressive writing in order to facilitate change, healing and self-discovery in both individuals and small groups. Lectures and discussions about the applications of the expressive and creative arts as well as research supporting their efficacy are combined with hands-on activities.
After successfully completing all three weekends of the program, along with associated home-practice assignments, students will receive a certificate of completion as an expressive arts educational facilitator. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for those students who wish to receive them.
The full tuition for the program is $1,595. Admission is competitive and requires a formal application. Applications are reviewed and approved by Expressive Arts Institute faculty. Along with the minimum requirement of a bachelor's degree, students must be able to fulfill the program requirements according to accepted standards of the profession as deemed essential by expressive arts faculty.
Dates for the 2014 program are:
- April 25-27
- June 13-15
- Aug. 15-17
Friday classes are held from 1-5:30 p.m. (11 a.m. start time on the first weekend), Saturday classes are held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday classes are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A limited number of students are accepted each year. Interested applicants should contact the program coordinator, Christopher Carbone, at (401) 341-3122 or firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible since the program is often full several months in advance.