Get your Art Therapy certification today

  • Online training, complete and accessible
  • Certified by five international accreditation bodies
  • Earn 21 CEUs from the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) Approval Number NCCAP5028706-23
  • ​Downloadable PDF & audio modules
  • Unlimited and lifetime access
  • ​You work at your own pace, from your computer, tablet or mobile
  • ​Access to a private forum
  • ​Option to pay in 2 installments
  • ​30-day money-back guarantee by our BBB A+ accredited business

Do you believe that art has the power to ease suffering?

You may have heard of the calming benefits that painting or writing has on some people. Art therapy is a therapeutic approach that puts art at the service of health and well-being.

It’s an approach that is not primarily based on oral communication since it encourages artistic production. There are no value judgments, just the encouragement to overcome social, medical, psychological barriers to highlight the lived experience and effect positive change.

Since art is expressed in multiple ways, it is a vast discipline. It includes drawing, painting, sculpture, music, theater, bodily expression, and the written word. Furthermore, the applications of art are almost endless as they are sometimes combined.

Did you know that many scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of art therapy on different pathologies ?

It is widely known that artistic creation can soothe and reduce stress for hospitalized children and people in palliative care. However, many applications also help with autism, social disruption, psychiatric disorders, and attention disorders.

The benefits of art therapy can be summed up as follows:

  • Art therapy helps reduce anxiety by promoting concentration.
  • Art therapy promotes communication and develops artistic potential, allowing for increased self-confidence.
  • Art therapy makes it possible to work on emotional conflicts, from their revelation to their management.
  • Art therapy is ideally suited for the management of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Therefore, it is evident that the population potentially interested in this discipline is relatively large, whether in individual or group sessions. We can easily imagine this approach being used to relieve stress in a company, a prison, a youth hostel, a school, a retirement home, a senior citizen association, etc.

So, you think you have no artistic knowledge ?

Perhaps, you don’t feel comfortable with art or don’t know much about it. Never mind, our certification in art therapy allows you to acquire the necessary knowledge to practice this discipline: expression, representations, colors, their symbolism, the perception of art, and its subjectivity. For this, you will use simple exercises, such as mandalas and zentangles.

Art therapy does not require you to produce artistic productions, nor to become an art critic. Instead, the goal is to familiarize yourself with its principles, help your patients express themselves, reveal their skills, work on their flaws, correct them, and thus achieve a better knowledge of themselves.

So, you don’t know much about therapy or coaching?

You may think you don’t know anything about therapeutic support or the skills necessary to take this training. But rest assured, throughout the modules, you will discover the essential notions of psychology, understand the brain’s functioning in the face of artistic stimuli, and learn about the most common pathologies.

In addition, you will learn how to prepare an art therapy session, conduct a preliminary interview, set up artistic activities according to a patient’s expectations, debrief, accompany, and carry out an effective and personalized follow-up. This course is for everyone. It is not required to have an artistic flair or have a profession related to psychology and care.

Finally, considering that art therapy is exceptionally suited for children and the elderly, you will discover how to approach these different audiences based on their issues.

What will you learn in this training?

The first modules of this course will address the origins of psychology, neuroscience, the functioning of the human brain, and the causes of pathologies. This will allow you to have these notions in mind before getting to the heart of the matter: art therapy, its development, history, and the major theories about it.

The following modules will be devoted to the concept of color and meditative artistic practices: such as coloring, which has gained a lot of popularity as of late. Then you will really dive into the practice: We will paint a picture of the different pathologies that you may encounter, such as cancer, depression, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stress, addiction, by showing the appropriate responses that you can provide.

We will also study the specific audiences that require specific modalities. Finally, the last module will focus on the different artistic practices you can use, offering you many activities to meet your patients’ goals. Thus, you will have all the keys to start and build art therapy sessions and workshops adapted to each person.

Are you concerned about not having enough time?

Time is sometimes a very scarce resource, especially if you already have a professional activity or have important family or social obligations. That’s why we designed this course to be flexible on several levels.

On the one hand, there is no time limit to train and take the final exam. Thus, you learn at your own pace, depending on your availability. On the other hand, in addition to permanent online access, you have the option of downloading the courses in PDF and audio format, so you can work when you want and in the way that suits you best.

Training for everyone

As you may have already realized, learning art therapy is accessible to many people, regardless of their qualifications or previous experience. These include:

  • Therapists or coaches already in practice who wish to develop a new service.
  • Social workers or special educators who work with people in difficulty and wish to offer a new approach to managing emotional conflicts.
  • Parents who want to learn how to channel their children’s energy.
  • Caregivers in pediatrics, family guides, staff in retirement homes, who wish to help these groups improve their state of mind, regain their self-confidence, etc.
  • People who wish to start an art therapy practice as part of their first job or as part of a professional retraining.

The art therapy training offered here is certified and recognized by the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine), the CMA (Complementary Medical Association) and the CPD (Center of CPD Excellence), three international accreditation organizations. After taking the final exam, which you can retake free of charge, if you fail, you can immediately obtain your printable certificate.

What is the cost of this course?

Just like with time limitations, financial considerations can be an obstacle to starting a training process. However, unlike other training organizations, we believe in openness and knowledge sharing to as many people as possible.

With this in mind, we are offering art therapy training for a limited time for $195 instead of the regular $490, with the option to pay in two installments. In addition, as soon as you register, you also get a 30-day guarantee allowing for a full refund of your registration, no questions asked.


Access your training now

  • Certificate of practitioner in art therapy
  • Online training, complete and accessible
  • Certified by five international accreditation bodies
  • Downloadable PDF & audio modules
  • Unlimited and lifetime access
  • You work at your own pace, from your computer, tablet or mobile
  • Access to a private forum
  • Option to pay in 2 installments
  • 30-day money-back guarantee by our BBB A+ accredited business
  • Only $112 (USD) for 2 months, or $195 (USD), instead of $490

Detailed Course Content

Click on the title of the modules to discover the content of the course.

This second module is still mostly theoretical. We will first examine how our brains work and can be affected by various disorders. We will then focus on a broad definition of art therapy: a therapy through art that aims to mobilize the patient's inner resources.

This module will cover :

  • The creation of ideas
  • The origin of dysfunctions and pathologies
  • The relationship with neuroscience
  • The history of art therapy and its origin
  • The humanist approach to psychology

Now that we've covered the basics, we'll get to the heart of the matter: art therapy. It is about understanding how art can be therapeutic, the basic concepts that govern this discipline, and how it has changed over time.

Here is what you will see in this module :

  • The connection between art and creativity
  • The beginnings of art therapy
  • When it was first recognized by science
  • The Rorschach test
  • Expressive art therapy

This module focuses on an essential notion with which you will work throughout the course: color. What it expresses is subjective, which is what makes it worthwhile to us. We will examine the different attributes of color, including its expressive abilities and how it works on emotions and feelings.

In this fourth module, you will discover :

  • Conscious art
  • Coloring and mindfulness
  • Mandalas
  • Zentangles
  • The theory of colors
  • Practical exercises

This module will help you better know your patients by working on the pathologies that may affect them. We will paint a portrait of the primary disorders you may encounter and how art therapy can provide answers.

This module will cover the following points :

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Addiction and art therapy
  • Trauma and art therapy
  • Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and art therapy
  • Depression and art therapy
  • Cancer and art therapy
  • Art therapy when experiencing stress and negative emotions

Even if some people may have the same objectives because of their pathology, everyone is unique. In addition, specific audiences, such as children and the elderly, require special attention. We will work on the different modalities and how to address each of these groups.

You will discover in this module :

  • Individual therapies
  • Group therapy
  • The aging process
  • How you can work with a specific audience
  • Precautions to be taken
  • Exercises

Now that you have the necessary concepts in mind let's get down to the practicalities. This module focuses on the four stages of an art therapy session: the beginning, the artistic activity, the exchange that follows, and the end, each giving you the keys to building a successful session.

This module will cover :

  • The context and setting of a session
  • The notion of routine
  • The work to be done before and after
  • Relaxation and warm-up exercises
  • Your role as an art therapist
  • Examples of sessions
  • Practical exercises

This last module is, above all, an assortment of activities! It presents one by one the different mediums that you can use, explaining their benefits, and each time suggesting suitable art therapy exercises that you can quickly set up.

In this module, you will discover :

  • A catalog of activities by artistic medium
  • How to choose your activities
  • Painting, drawing
  • Sculpture, modeling
  • Writing, theater
  • Photography, collages, multimedia activities
  • Dance and music

Upon successful completion of the program, you have the option to print your certification

What our students are saying

Emily P.


THANK YOU for this art therapy course. I almost want to say that it is better than my studies in psychology! And a lot more practical and focused on the positive, with suggested solutions… Art therapy doesn’t just put people in boxes!

Karen L.


I’ve just passed the certification in Art Therapy by getting 84%.
I would just like to say that I find the modules very well done and very colorful, which made me want to go all out.
I’ve seen some people wonder about how long the training is. I think it can go very quickly for some if, like me, you have taken already taken classes or worked in this field. For those who are retraining, it will take a little longer but don’t worry, it’s so exciting that you will get there.

Sonia R.


I registered yesterday. My husband, who is in the art therapy business, was surprised at the quality of the documents provided. And so am I. It is not a training of art-therapist but of a practitioner in art therapy. In any case, this is a serious and responsive site. I got everything immediately. Everything is clear.

Clarisse V.


A clear and beautifully made course, various ways to improve learning, excellent customer service, very accessible modules with, if needed, payment in several installments, a way to experience continuing education in art therapy, which I greatly honor and for which I’m very grateful. After exploring the program by illustrated writing, I can enjoy audio revisions, with tests at the end of each module to prepare for my final exam. Everything is done to ensure success and encourage taking action

Access your training now

  • Certificate of practitioner in art therapy
  • Online training, complete and accessible
  • Certified by five international accreditation bodies
  • Earn 21 CEUs from the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) Approval Number NCCAP5028706-23
  • Downloadable PDF & audio modules
  • Unlimited and lifetime access
  • You work at your own pace, from your computer, tablet or mobile
  • Access to a private forum
  • Option to pay in 2 installments
  • 30-day money-back guarantee by our BBB A+ accredited business
  • Only $112 (USD) for 2 months, or $195 (USD), instead of $490


Our courses are accredited by the IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine), ICAHP (International Compliance Assurance for Holistic Practitioners),  CMA (The Complementary Medical Association) and the Centre of CPD Excellence, which means that they are recognized internationally. They were created by professionals rigorously selected for their skills and their thirst for sharing. The information and practical exercises they contain will allow you to move towards your goal, whether personal or professional.