Professional Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy

This Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy has been described as unique and pioneering in Ireland


This programme is aimed at professionals who wish to enhance their current practice in the use of expressive arts and art therapy, or those who wish to integrate the academic and practical applications of the creative process into their therapeutic work with people. The programme is experiential in nature and the focus is on personal exploration using expressive arts techniques. A person-centred approach is used in Part One, with psychodynamic application in Part Two of the programme.

Aims and Objectives

  • is to deepen participants understanding of the various expressive arts approaches
  • develop their own emerging expressive arts style and approach
  • integrate clinical and expressive arts theory and practice
  • combine and integrate the academic and practical applications of the creative process
  • learn about their own creative processes and deepen their spiritual practice through the expressive arts
  • demonstrate the supportive role of non-verbal approaches to therapeutic approaches that rely predominantly on verbal modes of expression and understanding

Entry Requirements

This programme is aimed at participants who have already completed a relevant professional academic qualification in a helping/caring area.

To secure a place on this programme please submit an application form accompanied by a letter of introduction, of no less than 250 words, clearly stating your desire to participate in this programme. An interview will form part of the selection process (this may be conducted by telephone).

Learning Strategies

The learner will integrate their learning through individual and group process of expressive arts therapy, discussion and readings. Expressive arts approaches will be demonstrated compared and contrasted. A combination of experiential learning with applied clinical work, strong academic curriculum and artistic practice underpins the programme.

Learning Outcome

  • On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to: think critically, theoretically and concretely about expressive arts approaches
  • engage clients in the healing process through the therapeutic use of expressive arts
  • implement the arts to facilitate spiritual growth and expand consciousness, including the therapeutic use of ritual
  • appraise the weaving together of different expressive arts modalities to support a holistic therapeutic approach
  • evaluate the role of the therapist in working with The Expressive Arts
  • differentiate between approaches that over-emphasise searching for meaning and those approaches that support and facilitate deeper understanding through personal exploration
  • focus on recent and contemporary developments in expressive arts theory and practice.


Assessment for this course will be through –

  • A typed reflection paper of 2,000 words describing the learner’s experience and learning within the module.
  • A creative portfolio and presentation to the group illustrating personal and professional development (ongoing basis within the module)
  • A 2,000 word typed assignment on a selected area or aspect of expressive arts, with documented images to illustrate points and arguments.


Module 1: Christine Moran, MA., Expressive Arts Therapist, IACP Supervisor and Author.

Module 2: Pauline Macey, MA., Expressive Arts Therapist, IACP Supervisor.

Both Facilitators trained with the late Natalie Rogers.

Natalie Rogers, founder of Person Centred Expressive Arts at work.

Previous Participant’s Feedback (extract)

“Throughout the 6 weekends I always felt the work I did came from me and in no way was dictated by or directed by either Pauline or Christine, I was guided and supported by them and that was really important to me. As a result my art, and that of all the other nine participants, was original, authentic and was always respected.

Over the following weekends we painted, sculpted, moved, danced, wrote, cried, laughed, let all our sounds out, and great discussions took place and work was done, as trust was built in the group. This was not just a verbal form of expression, or a discussion of what the theory of expressive arts is about, no, it was an experience of getting down and doing the work ourselves; it was a way of showing us up-close how to bring this to our clients.

After each piece of work the group came together and each person shared what the picture or piece that they had completed meant to them.”


“The course unfolded like a journey, a journey that began in Jungian depths and rose to Expressive Arts heights. A journey that finished sooner than I would have liked but the effect of which is lasting. I am aware of the accelerated growth that working within a group engenders, but I found that the addition of Expressive Arts boosted the learning AMAZINGLY, within a safe and caring environment.” – Liz Moffatt

“When words don’t come easy and one’s voice becomes one’s shadow …. discovering ways of expressing oneself  through the language of Art; colour ; sound; movement; song and poetry, has been empowering. A journey well worth experiencing and a course I would highly recommend”. Martina Gibbons, 2017 Course Participant

Some pieces of expressive arts from previous training:

  • Venues:
    Coláiste Chiaráin
    Co. Westmeath
    N37 AH97
  • Commencement Dates:
    Next Course Commences on
    16 November 2019.

    Delivery dates:
    16 & 17 November 2019
    08 December 2019
    14 & 15 December 2019
    11 & 12 January 2020
    25 & 26 January 2020
    08 February 2020
  • Duration:
    60 hour part-time course delivered over 10 days.
  • Schedule:
    10am - 5pm
  • Application Fee:
    €1,350 (includes cost of art materials) - €350 deposit
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  • Payment:
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