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
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
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.
Directors & Faculty
Board of Directors
Introduction to EXA
468 Queen St. E. Suite LL01
Toronto, ON Canada
Tel: (416) 539-9728
Fax: (416) 531-8236
The training program consists of four components:
Classes and intensives
Expressive Arts therapy
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:
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.
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.
Learning basic concepts in Expressive Arts Therapy
Finding comfort in/with the arts
Understanding of/experience with intermodal approach
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
Establishing a strong connection to personal psychotherapy
Exploring the impact of group/training on oneself
Regular journalling as a means of reflection
Articulating the experience of Expressive Arts Therapy
Connecting through the arts with other disciplines
Developing presentational skills
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
Continuing to cultivate self-reflection
Deepening the capacity for aesthetic response to others
Building a strong intermodal practice
Articulating and expressing clearly the concepts of Expressive Arts Therapy
Increasing familiarity and comfort with various arts approaches
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
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