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).

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