DIPLOMA OF HOLISTIC INTEGRATED CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY

Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.

 

Diploma of Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy is the use of visual arts, tactile arts, music, dance, creative writing, storytelling, play, and drama within the context of holistic wellness, therapy, rehabilitation, and healing. This course connects with clinical research and modern science to support your holistic counselling abillities. All information is evidence-based and will prepare you for a professional career.

  • Internationally industry approved training.

  • Course duration: 6 month. 

  •  Study face-to-face through weekday and weekend classes.

  • 10 hours home study per week.

  • Recognised certification: Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist Graduates can use the letters: Dip.HICAT(MBEd).

COURSE OUTCOME

Graduates receive the MBEd Diploma in Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy and can use the letters Dip.HICAT(MBEd) after their names. 

Graduates can also join the International Institute of Complementary Therapists, the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine and the Complementary Medical Association and get professional insurance. 

You will also be provided with a full year of free membership to the Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapists Association and the International Meditation Teachers and Therapists Association. 

You will graduate with the skills, knowledge and confidence required to set up your own Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Practice; run workshops, work with groups and see individual clients, in either general practice or specialising in specific areas of interest, if you wish. 

You may also be able to seek employment within some organisations who value holistic and complementary therapies. This is a professional, practical training course where you will explore a wide range of creative arts while learning the essentials of working as a Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist, in a safe, extremely supportive and fun-filled environment, with a highly experienced holistic therapist trainer. 

Creative Art Therapies can be used in a wide variety of settings and with an assortment of different clients.

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Work in the Corporate Workplace
 

Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapists are in high demand in the corporate workplace where they can contribute to positive work environments, team building, and reduced workplace stress. HICAT also helps to stimulate creativity, improve mindset and awaken leadership skills.

Work with Children

Arts therapies help children to self-regulate their emotions, and engage in healthy behaviors by providing a supportive, non-judgmental space to explore their feelings. HICAT will provide you with highly effective skills to work with children. Art therapies are valued by parents and teachers as it helps children express and process emotions, develop confidence and the ability to focus. HICAT is also very beneficial to children on the autism spectrum and their families.

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Work with Aged Care

Aged care is another area where Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapies makes a powerful impact. Regular participation in arts therapies can completely change the quality of life for many older people and assist in treating social issues like loneliness and loss of purpose through to conditions like dementia and hypertension.

Work with PTSD

HICAT can support clients working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as it aids in the safe expression of distressing memories. You will also be able to help clients working with anxiety disorders, grief, and depression.

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COURSE STRUCTURE 

Each of your classes will be divided into theory and practice sessions. A great deal of time will be spent exploring and participating in the creative arts and a wide variety of meditation styles, including movement meditation, mantra meditation, chakra meditation, guided creative visualisation, mindfulness and Zen meditation. On-campus students will have around 5 hours of homework per week (mostly art projects, some essays and meditation practice). 

Practical topics covered in this course include:

  • Art Therapy (paint, watercolour pencils, charcoal & oil pastels)

  • Tactile Therapy (sculpture, clay, construction, Sandplay & environmental art making)

  • Music, Tribal Rhythms, Medicine Drums & Sound Therapy

  • Dance & Movement Therapy

  • Role Play, Storytelling, creative writing & Drama Therapy

Theory topics covered in this course include:

  • The cause & effects of stress

  • The mind/body connection

  • Physiology of the brain

  • Left brain/right brain

  • Unconscious beliefs and mental patterns

  • Exploring emotions

  • History of art therapy

  • Creative therapies & health

  • Why creative art therapies are effective

  • Creative art therapies as emotional healing

  • Creative art therapies for recovery & rehabilitation

  • Art & developing intuition

  • Drawing from within

  • Colour & emotions

  • Sound, vibration & the bodies cells

  • The creative process

  • Art appreciation

  • Interpretation & diagnosis

  • Compassion & non-judgement

  • Learning Styles

  • Personality types

  • Managing groups

  • Supporting clients

  • Working with PTSD

  • Working with anxiety disorders

  • Working with grief & loss

  • Working with children

  • Working with depression

  • Working in medical settings

  • Developing community arts projects

  • Meditation for every day

  • Meditation in action through art

  • Meditation with music and movement

  • Gratitude & art journaling

  • Holistic counselling skills for creative arts therapists

  • Networking & referring

  • Ethics, safety & professionalism

  • Setting up your own practice

  • Creating a specialised practice

  • Resources, materials & equipment

  • Marketing for creative arts therapists

  • Legalities, insurance and Joining associations

ACCREDITATION

Our courses are accredited with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and the Complementary Medical Association. Both have an excellent global reputation and a rigorous screening process.

 

Our graduates can join the IICT and the CMA and get professional practitioner insurance in 39 countries around the world. Mind Body Education courses are all evidence-based and incorporate a wide variety of techniques and styles.