The Post-Master's Art Therapy Diploma is a program that is designed to blend theoretical knowledge and clinical skills with particular emphasis on the individual student’s ability to integrate diverse learning perspectives with their personal growth, and to implement this integration into effective clinical practice. PMATD students strive to develop competence in the delivery of art therapy as well as recognize the inherently spiritual nature of creative practice. It is designed for those who have previously completed a Masters or Doctoral degree in a related field. This program is open to students from any faith tradition and is intended for those interested in professional training that integrates their professional and academic learning alongside their personal development and interest in spiritually-informed practice.
Who is the PMATD for?
The Post-Master's Art Therapy Diploma program is designed for those who have previously completed a Masters or Doctoral degree in a related field. This program is open to students from any faith tradition and is intended for those interested in professional training that integrates their professional and academic learning alongside their personal development and interest in spiritually-informed practice.
What Can Students Expect?
The Post-Master's Art Therapy Diploma is equivalent to 16 months of full-time study, depending on the student's academic background. Students are expected to complete the Diploma in 2-5 years. Students will complete academic coursework, arts-based coursework, and supervised clinical experience in community settings. Arts-based coursework must be completed at St. Stephen’s College during registration in the program, but graduate level academic coursework may be completed prior to admittance or fulfilled with transfer credits. With regard to clinical experience in community settings, PMATD students complete a minimum of 350 hours of supervised counselling training. Clinical supervision fees will apply. These fees will vary depending on required supervisory credentials. While every effort will be made to provide cost equity in terms of supervision fees, those in the specialization may incur additional costs. Personal therapy is also a component of the program to allow for students’ exploration of their professional development and of personal issues that may arise.
Length of Program
Students taking a full course load can complete the PMATD in four years. Students must complete all requirements within seven years from the date on which they register in the program.
St. Stephen’s has designed the PMATD program so that it can assist students in acquiring professional counselling credentials. Although the PMATD curriculum is designed to prepare students for professional registration/licensing, please note that students are not guaranteed licensure or professional registration upon graduation. It is the student's responsibility, in consultation with MPS department staff and faculty, to ensure that their course and practicum work meets the requirements for the licensing or registration body relevant to the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice. The program does not, however, meet requirements to pursue registration as a psychologist in Alberta.
General Program Information
Incoming students can expect to take their first course in early June of their starting year.