Welcome to Northwest Creative and Expressive Arts Institute

We provide quality continuing education and training in Expressive Arts Therapy for mental health professionals throughout Seattle, the Puget Sound region and Northwest environs!

Upcoming Workshops & Events

25jun(jun 25)12:00 pm27aug(aug 27)1:00 pmSoulCollage® Reading GroupMeets on last Tuesday of every month. Not a series.

26jul8:00 am3:00 amThe Ethics of Self-Care:an Art Based Approach

06aug9:00 am3:30 pmThe Ethics of Self-Care:Exploring Resilience through Expressive Arts

09aug9:00 am4:00 pmSoulCollage®: An Introduction, in-person

16aug8:00 am3:00 pmThe Ethics of Self-Care:an Art Based Approach

24aug8:00 am12:00 pmLittle Wilds: Dollmaking in Expressive Arts Therapy

13sep10:00 am5:00 pmExpressive Arts Therapy and Trauma:A Holistic Approach using the Holistic Trauma Healing Card Deck

20sep(sep 20)9:00 am23feb(feb 23)5:00 pmNarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching Certificate

21sep9:00 am3:30 pmThe Ethics of Self-Care:Exploring Resilience through Expressive Arts

28sep(sep 28)8:30 am25mar(mar 25)8:00 amSoulPages®Therapy Training Program

See all upcoming reat supervision opportunities

We offer CEs to mental health professionals including social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

If you are outside of Washington State, we advise that you check with your state licensing board to confirm that they accept NBCC approved CEs. 

Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider ™, ACEP No. 7014.

NWCEAI is also an OSPI approved clock hour provider.


Would you like NWCEAI to provide a CE workshop tailored for your organization? We can do that!  Receive a discounted registration fee for 10 or more attendees. Here’s the list of organizations we’ve worked with over the years. Contact us with questions!

If you are a Black person, Indigenous person or a Person of Color and are interested in attending one of our workshops, please contact us. In our effort to contribute to diversifying the Expressive Arts Therapy community we are offering a workshop discount. 

Keep in touch via our mailing list! and receive the 411 on all our upcoming programs! We would love to answer any questions you might have about our organization and how we can serve your CE and training needs!

NEW! Professional Training Certificate Programs– details and application now available! 

SoulPages®Therapy Training

Rakefet Hadar and Northwest Creative & Expressive Institute are honored to announce the opening of the 1st International SoulPages® Therapy Training for licensed therapists. 

SoulPages® is an acclaimed therapeutic and artistic visual journaling method that has been tested with trauma survivors, various age groups, cancer patients, and many other populations. SoulPages® was developed by Rakefet Hadar in 2014, and since then, it has spread worldwide.

Watch the recorded InfoSession with Rakefet here!

We are now offering options for REAT Supervision. Are you interested in becoming a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist? Read more about the REAT requirements and check out our current supervision opportunities.

We have moved! Our new Studio space is in Seattle at: 1631 15th Ave. W., suite 305. We’re in the Interbay WorkLofts complex. Watch for more in-person workshops and events coming soon!

Listen to Dr. Sibel Golden on the Opal Food & Body Wisdom podcast: The Appetite Episode #46: Self-Care in Practice: An Interview with Sibel Golden, PhD


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Why Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy is a multi-modality, integrative approach to working with the creative arts. We use visual arts, drama, music, writing, sand tray, and movement to explore the experience of being human and foster growth and healing.

By including the arts in the therapeutic process, we are employing a modality to consider qualitative aspects of the person that are not readily measured by quantitative, laboratory-based methods, although there is a large and growing body of evidence of its effectiveness. The literature suggests, and we have found in our own Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy practice the following:

    • Expressive Arts Therapy is Expansive. Over the last fifty years, it has become clear that traditional forms of psychotherapy have limited effectiveness for many people.
    • Expressive Arts Therapy Engages the Whole Being. For optimal health, we need to be able to connect feelings and ideas (both right and left hemispheres of the brain), to link past and present, to make sense of the now, and to plan for the future. Engaging in the creative arts, whether visual, drama, movement, writing, or music provides this opportunity.
    • Expressive Arts Therapy is a Bridge. Offering a way to make contact, connect, and begin a meaningful dialogue for those who may have difficulty expressing themselves in traditional talk therapy.
    • Expressive Arts Therapy Holds Space. The creative arts provide an opportunity for the safe expression of feelings, creating a “boundary” or “container” where previously there may have been none.
    • Expressive Arts Therapy is Client-Centered. The client has the opportunity to work with both the process of creating, as well as the product/outcome.
    • Expressive Arts Therapy Helps Tell a Story. Engaging in the creative arts can be part of how a client tells their story. Through visual art, drama, music, writing, movement, and sand tray, there are opportunities to explore one’s story and gain awareness and insight to generate healing, and new narratives.