Our expressive arts facilitators are highly-trained professionals who hold Masters and/or Doctoral Degrees and are all graduates of the Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego where they studied with Dr. Judith Greer Essex, PhD, REAT and Wes Chester, MA, CAGS.
Their training includes theory and hands-on skills training in the 5 major art disciplines: visual arts, poetry, drama, dance, and music and takes place in lecture, studio, and natural environments. Studies also include growth, transformation and healing philosophy, theories, guiding principles and practices. Graduates have worked in the field in a community-based practice for more than 600+ hours and received individual and group supervision during this time. All graduates have studied extensively with a master artist to develop their own artistic skills. And, all graduates have done method specific training individually an approved expressive arts or creative art therapist.
The European Graduate School
Arts, Health and Society Division
Many also attended the European Graduate School and earned graduate degrees in Expressive Arts Therapy, Expressive Arts Coaching and Consulting, or Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. Faculty at EGS include founders and leaders of expressive arts movement: Paolo Knill, Margo Fuchs, Ellen Levine, Stephen Levine, Shaun McNiff, Elizabeth McKim, and more.
IEATA is the professional body that sets the standards for registration and training of expressive arts therapists. To become registered, a masters or doctoral-level graduate of the Expressive Arts Institute and EGS must amass 1000 hours of post graduate therapy experience with approved supervision. Then, make application to IEATA's peer review board to qualify as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT). Registration is the highest professional designation for creative arts therapists.
IEATA also provides registration for Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educators (REACE).