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

30sep9:00 am4:00 pmThe Ethics of Self-CareAn Art Based Approach

08oct9:00 am4:00 pmThe Ethics of Self-CareAn Art Based Approach

14oct9:00 am4:00 pmThe Ethics of Self-CareAn Art Based Approach

29oct9:00 am4:00 pmPersonal MythsUnpacking Inherited Stories

04nov9:00 am4:00 pmThe Ethics of Self-CareAn Art Based Approach

04nov(nov 4)4:00 pm05(nov 5)1:00 pmIntroduction to Narrative Expressive Arts Therapy

11nov5:00 pm6:00 pmArt & Meditation

18nov(nov 18)4:00 pm19(nov 19)12:00 pmHumor and Healing: A Key to Well Being

10dec9:00 am4:00 pmThe Ethics of Self-CareAn Art Based Approach

16dec5:00 pm6:00 pmArt & Meditation

10feb(feb 10)4:00 pm11(feb 11)12:00 pmCultivating Radical Acceptance Through Artmaking, Improvisation and Storytelling


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.

The next cohort of the Expressive Arts Therapy Professional Training Program will start in September 2023 . The application will be available from the website in early Spring 2023.

Missed the InfoSession webinars? View the presentation slides and Email us with any questions about the Training Program to find out if it’s a good fit for you! 

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 scholarship. 

We’re honored to have had Rae Akino, Seattle artist as our Artist in Residence last year! Rae led a 4-part workshop, I Am (Name Yourself). The workshop was open to all. Learn more about Rae and her work!

Read our Creative Response to COVID-19. We’d love your artistic contributions!

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!

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.

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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.