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Art therapy, facilitated by the art therapist, is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to explore and improve a person’s feelings, emotional conflicts, and behaviours. The creative process and the resulting artwork helps people resolve stress and anxiety, develop new social skills, and improve self-esteem and awareness. (Sokanu)
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The University of Manitoba does not offer specialized training in Art Therapy, but does offer the initial required training in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, and Fine Arts. Please view the links below for more information about training programs in North America.
In Canada, an undergraduate degree in fine arts, psychology, social work or counselling is required before entering one of the art therapy programs. If the undergraduate degree is in another area, a prior learning assessment can be recognized to determine appropriate equivalency. It is recommended to have art and psychology courses. (Canadian Art Therapy Association).
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Faculty of Social Work
- Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
- School of Art
- Master of Education: Counselling Psychology Specialization - Faculty of Education
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Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
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- Creative Manitoba
- Canadian Art Therapy Association
- American Art Therapy Association
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
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These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy Institute (WHEAT)
- Canadian Journal of Art Therapy
- Article: The Art of Art Therapy - Uniter
- Article: Art Therapy, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Veterans - American Art Therapy Association
- “Art has saved my life.” Nigel Bart on CTV Community Connection - Art Beat Studio