*Please Note: You must be a licensed clinician or associate, or currently enrolled in a graduate program in counseling, counseling psychology, social work or equivalent, in order to apply for the Training Program.

Our Professional Training Program is currently taught in an online format. We are confident that you will receive a high quality education with effective cohort engagement through our signature style of creative and collaborative experiential learning.

 Watch this video for the full presentation to learn more about the Professional Training Program.

Bonus content! Dr. Sibel Golden and Pamela Krueger chat about Expressive Arts Therapy and their love for the work with NWCEAI.

Hear from alumni and faculty about why the Training Program may be a great fit for you!

Still have questions? Please reach out: info(at)seattlearttherapy.org

The next cohort will begin in September 2021. The Application deadline has passed.  Consider applying for 2022 ~ check back here in Spring 2022 for application materials.

Expressive Arts Therapy is an integrative, multimodality arts approach that is used with people of all ages and backgrounds. NWCEAI offers a dynamic, comprehensive, hands-on approach that prepares clinicians to integrate Expressive Arts Therapy into various practice settings.

    • The 10-month training program includes 150 hours of instruction consisting of:
      • 100 hours of live zoom class meetings, 2-3 hours, weekly
      • 50 hours of home practice & online learning platform participation
    • Creative Practice with documentation (50 hours is required for the REAT)
    • 200 hours internship or practicum with documentation (requirement for REAT, possibility of your worksite being eligible)

Our Certificate Training Program Includes:

    • Foundational Approaches of Expressive Arts Therapy
    • Applications of Expressive Arts Therapy
    • Individual Expressive Arts Therapy Process
    • Group Expressive Arts Therapy Process and Dynamics Ethics and Best Practice
    • Group Consult for 200-hour Practicum
    • Independent Study & Creative Practice Small Group Learning Opportunities
    • Exceptional Guest Faculty
    • 30 CEs included in the program at no extra cost!

All modules employ a 3-pronged learning process

    1. Understanding + Knowledge
    2. Experiential/Hands-On Learning
    3. Application

Home Practice

    • Assigned Readings and Videos
    • Learning Platform Participation
    • Creative Practice (50 hours are necessary for REAT, documented)


200 hours of individual or group work using the expressive arts, documented.

Students who successfully complete the 1st year of the program are awarded a  Certificate from NWCEAI.

Financial investment

Tuition: $5,300.00. This includes 10 hours per month for a total of 10 months (September 2021-June 2022) of class time. The remaining 50 hours of training will consist of home assignments and online participation. Art supplies and books are not included in tuition. Discount available for payment in full.  Scholarship assistance is available with application.

Path to Becoming a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist: Year 2+ at NWCEAI-

There is also the option to continue the program into a 2nd year+ to complete requirements for Registration with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. This is a recognized international credential.

 Path to REAT/2nd Year+:
1000 hours internship/work experience, 100 hours group supervision or 50 hours individual supervision, or combination of the two.

Every effort is made to use your worksite to complete your hours, and you have up to 48 months to complete this requirement.

NWCEAI provides Group Supervision (3-6 supervisees/2-hour sessions) at a cost of $100 per session.

Recommendations for Individual Supervisors are available.

For more information about the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association REAT Requirements, please visit IEATA

Have questions? Contact us we’d love to help!