ISIS CANADA TRAINING PROGRAM

ISIS CANADA TRAINING PROGRAM

Next Information Session for Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program

Sunday, June 9, 2013
4 – 6pm
ISIS Canada Studio- 468 Queen St. East, Suite LL01, Toronto

Philosophy

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The ISIS Canada Expressive Arts training program provides a theoretical basis in the field of Expressive Arts Therapy, while familiarizing students with those elements of therapeutic practice common to all approaches. As well as theory, we emphasize experiential learning, in which students are encouraged to explore the different dimensions of artistic practice in community and in individual studio work. We especially encourage intermodal work in our classes and workshops. We also stress an adult-education model where students are recognized as having the capacity to understand and shape their own learning process. Students are expected to be self-directed in their learning, to work through the obstacles that may interfere with their training and to discover the resources that can help them learn. To this end, students are required to be in expressive arts therapy during their enrollment in the program.

Mental Health Therapist & Registered Psychotherapist

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The Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists is in the process of developing educational requirements for registration as a Mental Health Therapist or Psychotherapist. The first two-years of our training program are designed with a view to satisfying the educational requirements of the College for the Registered Mental Health Therapist designation. The training provides a foundation for the use of expressive arts with individuals and groups in a variety of settings.The third-year is oriented toward the educational requirements of the College for the Registered Psychotherapist title. It focuses on training in the practice of individual and group psychotherapy.

For more information on Regulations click here.
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ISIS CANADA

468 Queen St. E. Suite LL01
Toronto, ON Canada
Tel: (416) 539-9728
Fax: (416) 531-8236
Email: admin@isis-canada.org
Program Structure

The training program consists of four components:
Classes and intensives
Practicum
Expressive Arts therapy
Studio work

1. Classes and intensives
In the first two years, students attend classes one evening a week and also attend several weekend intensive workshops.
In the third year, the training takes place through a mixture of evening and weekend classes

The weekends include trainings in the various arts therapy specialties, such as:
Visual Art
Dance/Movement
Theatre
Poetry
Voice
Drama
Clown
Music
Each year begins with a gathering of the whole programme for an Intensive Community event; and the third year ends with a Graduation Weekend. Two weekends per year are devoted to the sharing of Studio Work.

2. Practicum
Total over the three years – 600 hours
250 hours are spent in direct client contact.
350 hours are spent in * supervision, planning, presentations and other activities related to the placement.
* 80 hours of supervision must be completed within the 600 hours.

For more information on Practicum click here.

3. Expressive Arts Therapy with a therapist approved by the Training Directors.
90 hours of therapy are required for completion of the three year program.
For those entering the program with a strong therapy relationship in place, ISIS offers a transition time of 30 therapy hours to stay with that therapist before completing the remaining required hours with an intermodal expressive arts therapist.
For all others, a minimum of 90 hours of individual therapy must be with an intermodal expressive arts therapist.

4. Studio Work
Students pursue studio work in the arts and present this work to the community once a year.
a total of 300 hours are required to complete the three year program.
Course Outline

Year One
ART BASE

Learning basic concepts in Expressive Arts Therapy

Finding comfort in/with the arts

Understanding of/experience with intermodal approach



COMMUNITY

Learning basic group functioning

Understanding of group dynamics through the arts

Communicating well with others



BRIDGE TO THE WORLD

Establishing a good connection in the practicum

Beginning to apply basic skills at sites

Finding support in class and in the program for practicum work



SELF DEVELOPMENT

Establishing a strong connection to personal psychotherapy

Exploring the impact of group/training on oneself

Regular journalling as a means of reflection

Year Two
ART BASE

Articulating the experience of Expressive Arts Therapy

Connecting through the arts with other disciplines

Developing presentational skills



COMMUNITY

Understanding the arts help build community

Relating to other organizations, both locally and internationally

Fostering a more inclusive viewpoint



BRIDGE TO THE WORLD 

Interacting with people with other world-views 

Arts-based exploring of psychological and counseling theories

Deepening of practicum experience 



SELF DEVELOPMENT

Continuing to cultivate self-reflection
Exploring psychopathology

Deepening the capacity for aesthetic response to others
Year Three
ART BASE
Building a strong intermodal practice
Articulating and expressing clearly the concepts of Expressive Arts Therapy
Increasing familiarity and comfort with various arts approaches

COMMUNITY
Developing the group as a resource for the future
Contributing to the larger community
Serving as a model for other students and taking on leadership roles

BRIDGE TO THE WORLD
Completing practicum training
Establishing post-training work sites
Preparing for professional practice

SELF-DEVELOPMENT
More fine-tuning understanding and use of oneself
Bringing one’s own style into focus
Increasing ability to reach out to others

For a list of Recommended Readings click here.
For Frequently Asked Questions click here.
For more information on Further Study click here.
“I.S.I.S learning promotes self awareness and individual growth, to allow for a higher understanding of human experiences through creative arts expression. Training at I.S.I.S is a journey into the unknown, uncovering each individuals ability to heal and grow through ones own knowledge in body, mind and soul awareness’s using the arts. It motivates and encourages new discoveries of healing.

The 3 year process of discovery, experience and expression allowed for the unfolding of understanding to occur. I continue to expand my growth in myself and for my clients through what I learned there”. Corene Jonat