Guest Blog Post by Stephanie Scott
The Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy (WHEAT) Institute offers top quality training in Art Therapy, Expressive Arts, Expressive Arts Therapy and Therapeutic Clowning in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Darci Adam, WHEAT Director, is a Registered Art and Expressive Arts Therapist with Masters’ Degrees in Drama and Educational Psychology (Counseling), as well as Diplomas in Education and Art Therapy. She is the Regional Representative for IEATA and the Manitoba Representative for the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association Creative Arts Chapter.
WHEAT is committed to using the universal language of the arts for healing, self awareness and social justice. There are currently more than 30 students enrolled in diploma and certificate programs, plus dozens more whom drop in to select courses for professional development. Last fall WHEAT celebrated the first graduating class of Art Therapists in central Canada! WHEAT also co-hosted the 2017 IEATA Conference on Indigenous Roots of Expressive Arts in Winnipeg.
WHEAT is located on Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. WHEAT acknowledges current and past injustices committed against Indigenous peoples in Canada and globally and is committed to actively working towards reconciliation as an institute that respects, learns from and celebrates Indigenous peoples, Indigenous languages, Indigenous knowledge, and Indigenous knowledge keepers.
WHEAT classes are provided in a gorgeous urban retreat wilderness area at the St. Norbert Arts Centre in the Guest House at the Trappiste Ruins in St. Norbert, as well as at the Arthur Street Studio in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District.
WHEAT offers two-year diploma programs in Art Therapy (CATA) and Expressive Arts Therapy (IEATA), a 220-hour Expressive Arts Certificate, and is currently developing a comprehensive Therapeutic Clowning program with four of the top Therapeutic Clowns in Canada.
WHEAT invites American and international students to drop in to the magical, sensory world of healing through the arts and discover the arts’ playfulness and transformative power. There are exciting opportunities to train with internationally acclaimed faculty in Winnipeg this summer! Taking place in the tranquil, historic, natural setting of the St. Norbert Arts Centre these training opportunities are perfect for school counselors, resource teachers, educators, clinicians, therapists, healers and artists. Professional development and Expressive Arts certificate courses are open to international students. Course hours can be used towards registration as professional members of IEATA.
Clowning in Expressive Arts Therapy with David Langdon Winnipeg’s most experienced Therapeutic Clown July 29 – 31, 2019
Working with Trauma using Expressive Arts with Kate Donohue (Master Teacher & Therapist and co-founder of IEATA) August 3-6, 2019
Indigenous Ways of Knowing through the Arts with Victoria McIntosh (Indigenous artist, teacher & Elder) August 13 – 15, 2019