Certificate Training Program in Intermodal Expressive Arts


Expressive Arts Florida Institute has offered training in the field of intermodal expressive arts for ten years. We provide a two-level Certificate Training program as well as professional development and continuing education for those interested in pursuing the Expressive Arts as a professional path, whether integrating it into an existing career, or beginning a career in the expressive arts field.

This training is appropriate for both consultant educator (REACE®) and therapist (REAT®) pathways to registration through IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association).

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Certificate Training Program FAQs


Our Certificate Training Program provides the 200 training hours necessary to pursue registration through IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association). Our training program is grounded in intermodal expressive arts and enables students to individualize their programs to fit their own unique expression of this work in the world. The foundational aspects of our program apply to those working within a therapy paradigm and in many other professional fields. Training consists of core courses, electives, written assignments, readings, and monthly mentoring. Due to the nature of experiential and transformational curriculum, our training program provides both a personal exploration and a thorough preparation for professional practice.

What Sets Us Apart

Our Intermodal Expressive Arts Certificate Training Program is unique in many ways. It is specifically designed to accommodate distance learning students and busy schedules. Many of our students come from all around the United States. We also have many international students. Here are some special features of our expressive arts certificate program:

Students only need to come to our Sarasota, FL location for 6 weekends, the rest is done online via Zoom. Currently, ALL OF OUR COURSES are offered ONLINE VIA ZOOM.

Internships are done in the student's own community with full support and feedback from faculty and fellow students in an online forum.

Monthly one-on-one mentorship with graduate mentors and faculty allows further individualization of program. Each student gets exactly what they need and is guided along the way.

Collaborative teaching style: faculty co-created and co-facilitate all certificate courses

Small student:faculty ratio 

Students can enter the program at any point throughout the year.

Students can go at their own pace- they can take one class or many classes at a time

All core faculty members are Registered Expressive Art Consultant Educators (REACE) and one is also a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT).

We provide individualized attention to our domestic and international students- helping them secure lodging, navigate the area, and allowing most work to be done in their own community.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the Expressive Arts Certificate Training Program. We would love to work with you. Email create@expressiveartsflorida.com or use the contact us tab.

Program Requirements

Level 1 Core Courses:

Creative Wisdom: Introductory Online Training in Expressive Arts

EAFI 110: Intermodal Expressive Arts (Dive In)

EAFI 120: Body, Mind, Spirit of Expressive Arts

EAFI 130: Scope of Expressive Arts

Electives: 10 hours by completing Creative Wisdom and an additional 10 hours of workshops outside of the weekend coursework. These workshops/classes can be taken in the student’s own community or with EAFI.

Mentoring: Monthly mentoring of 1 hour with mentor and quarterly group mentoring with faculty and mentors via Zoom.

Level 1 is an experiential and didactic learning program, which provides a solid foundation of expressive arts practice. Students become familiar with the Expressive Arts field, and immerse themselves in this work, resulting in the development of a personal practice.

The material covered during Level 1 will include an overview of the field, with applications for individual, group, family, and community wellness and healing, and a series of expressive arts processes that focus on the whole person, including body, mind, and spirit.

Learning during the weekend courses is primarily experiential in nature, and students entering Level 1 should be prepared to do some significant personal work as part of their understanding and knowledge of this field.

Depending on each student’s previous educational and professional background, and their professional goals, they may be ready to begin implementing this work with others, as a facilitator.

Level 2 Core Courses:

EAFI 210: Foundation of Expressive Arts

EAFI 220: Expressive Arts in the World

EAFI 230: Business and Profession of Expressive Arts

EAFI 240 Internship/Final Project OR EAFI 250 Clinical Supervised Practicum (for therapists only)

Electives: 20 hours of workshops outside of the weekend coursework.

Mentoring: Monthly mentoring of 1 hour with mentor and quarterly group mentoring with faculty and mentors via Zoom.


This experiential and didactic learning program, further prepares students to facilitate the expressive arts with others and create their own professional practice. The material covered during Level 2 focuses on developing facilitation skills, learning the various theoretical approaches and real-world applications, defining the scope and focus of each student’s own expressive arts work, and learning the business strategies, ethics, professional registrations, and resources that assist the student in building a successful expressive arts practice or integrating Expressive Arts into
an existing career.

Level Two consists of 3 weekend intensive courses (25 hours each), 20 elective credit hours, and an Internship. Students will have assignments to complete for each of the weekend classes. The internship, in most cases, will be completed in the student’s home community.

Additional requirements:

Assignments and Readings: Each weekend intensive course will have an assignment, with both a written and an arts component. Level One and Level Two each have a required reading list.


All Expressive Arts Florida Institute students will be expected to document their personal and professional processes, both for Level One and Level Two. Specific guidelines for this documentation will be provided in the student handbook and in their first appointment with their mentor.

Documentation will consist of keeping a journal of all processes that are introduced, and personal and professional reactions to these processes. Photos of artwork and related images will be included, as well as handouts, material from elective courses.

Students may apply for Level One or Levels One and Two combined. If accepted into both Levels One and Two, students can begin taking Level Two courses after completing two Level One intensives.

EAFI Course Schedule
  • New students are required to complete Welcome Lesson and Lesson 1 of Creative Wisdom: Introductory Online Training in Expressive Arts course prior to first date of attendance. Enrollment is available at any time.
  • Following the COVID-19 pandemic when all courses were delivered online, we are returning to an in-person format for some courses to align with IEATA guidelines for registration for REAT® and REACE®.

Possible start dates for new students in 2023:

  • January 17
  • March 28
  • October 17

Core Courses Calendar for 2023 by month:

EAFI 110: Dive In to Intermodal Expressive Arts (Online)

    • March 28-31, 2023 (online)
      • Tuesday, March 28, 2 pm – 6 pm
      • Wednesday, March 29, 11 am – 6 pm
      • Thursday, March 30, 2 pm-6 pm
      • Friday, March 31, 11 am – 6 pm

EAFI 120: Expressive Arts Body, Mind, Spirit (Online)

    • January 17-20, 2023 (online)
      • Tuesday, January 17: 2 pm – 6pm est
      • Wednesday, January 18: 11 am – 6 pm est
      • Thursday, January 19: 2 pm – 6 pm est
      • Friday, January 20: 11 am – 6 pm est

EAFI 130: Scope of Expressive Arts – Individual, Group, Community (in-person)

    • October 17-20, 2023 (in-person)***
      • Tuesday, October 17: 2pm – 6pm
      • Wednesday, October 18: 9am – 6pm
      • Thursday, October 19: 9 am – 7 pm
      • Friday, October 20: 9 am – 3 pm
    • October 24 – 27, 2023 (in-person)***
      • Tuesday, October 24:  2 pm-6 pm
      • Wednesday, October 25:  9 am-6 pm
      • Thursday, October 26:  9 am – 6 pm
      • Friday, October 27:  9 am – 3 pm

EAFI 220: Expressive Arts in the World (Online)

    • August-October TBA

      This course will be offered as a series of Professional Development workshops over the span of a few months. Each student will participate in 6 of them, plus a closing session with EAFI faculty, to complete requirements for this course. Prior to the course start date, the student forum will open, and enrolled students will have access to the introduction and course materials.

EAFI 230: Business and Profession of Expressive Arts (Online)

    • May  2023, Tuesdays 6-9 pm edt
Admissions Policy

If you are considering applying for the Certificate Program and have questions, please complete this form: INTENT TO APPLY

Expressive Arts Florida Institute welcomes both those who are already familiar with expressive arts and those whose backgrounds are in other disciplines to apply for admission. The following policy applies to all applicants, except where otherwise noted.


Students may apply for admission at any time.

New students will attend a required to complete the Welcome Lesson and Lesson 1 of Creative Wisdom: Introductory Training in Expressive Arts.

Any well qualified applicant with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent* may apply for admission to Expressive Arts Florida Institute. In general, students would be best prepared having some previous experience or practice in the arts, humanities, human growth and development or related field. Students who do not meet these standards may be eligible for admission but assigned additional coursework or reading in preparation.

 *Those without a Bachelor’s degree who wish to apply must submit an essay of no less than 500 words addressing the ways in which their life and work experience prepares them for this training.


A completed and signed Application for Admission, Resume and essay (Items 1 & 2 below) should be uploaded with the online application. Please have them prepared before completing your application. For questions, email us at admin@expressiveartsflorida.com. 

  1. A 3-4 page (double spaced) Autobiographical Essay describing personal and professional goals as well as your experience with Expressive Arts and creativity. (see online application)

  2. Current Resume. Included should be your educational background (colleges and universities attended, A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent is required), work experience, and any special skills that may enhance your application credentials.

  3. 2 Letters of Recommendation – one may be from an instructor, professor or academic advisor and the other may be from a supervisor or colleague. Recommendations must include a signed letter on letterhead from the recommending parties and be submitted via this link: https://wkf.ms/3BFQfim Recommendations may not be from family or friends.

5. Non-refundable $200.00 application fee (paid online with application).

The Application for Admission and supporting documents must be in English and received no later than the posted deadlines. As a general rule, incomplete applications will not be processed (rare exceptions may be made depending on which element of the application is missing). Late applications may be processed according to the ability of the Admissions Office. Once the application is complete, an Admissions interview with Expressive Arts Florida Institute Faculty will be scheduled (this can be done via Zoom once application is received and reviewed). 


Rolling admission: Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year. Space in classes is limited. Early application is recommended. 


Prior to certificate being awarded, students of Expressive Arts Florida Institute will request (and participate in) a Final Certificate Review  and pay a Final Certificate Review fee of $250.00. 


Applicants who are not accepted for admission may re-apply after two semesters if they believe that they have improved a deficient segment of their application. Applications are retained by the EAFI Admissions Office for three years. Those candidates re-applying within three years must submit the following:

1) A letter requesting reactivation of their file

2) One updated letter of recommendation

3) An updated Essay on Educational and Professional Goals

4) Any item that improves the application from the previous submission

5) A reactivation fee of $50

Please be advised that enrollment in Expressive Arts Florida Institute Training Program is limited. Application does not guarantee acceptance. Expressive Arts Florida Institute reserves the right to choose the candidates for its certificate program in order to maximize the educational and professional experience offered. You will receive a response to your application within 30 days of receipt. Please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Office. We look forward to hearing from you.

Statement of Non-Discriminatory Admissions Policy

Expressive Arts Florida Institute does not discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, physical disability, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, or national origin in its admissions policies, in its scholarship programs, or in permitting access to its educational facilities, services and the rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. 

Statement Regarding Qualification for Employment

This program is not designed or intended to qualify its participants and graduates for employment. It is intended solely for the avocation, personal enrichment, and enjoyment of its participants.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A. For cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of start date: 100% refund minus $100.00 administrative fee.

B. Less than 30 days in advance, no general refunds will be issued. EAFI may elect to grant a credit to be used at a later date. There will be no credits issued if cancellation is within 48 hours of class start.

C. In the event of a medical or family emergency or unforeseen travel interruption, EAFI will work with the student in good faith to find an appropriate solution for all concerned. EAFI has the sole discretion to grant credits and may ask for written documentation of medical or emergent incident.

Tuition Rates & Payment Schedule

Tuition Rates & Payment Schedule

LEVEL ONE Core Courses:

EAFI 100 (Creative Wisdom Self-Study course) $325.00

EAFI 110 $1100.00 

EAFI 120 $1100.00

EAFI 130 $1100.00 

LEVEL TWO Core Courses:

EAFI 210 $1100.00 

EAFI 220 $1100.00 

EAFI 230 $1100.00 

Due to COVID-19, core courses are being offered live online. Each student will receive some specialized supplies in the mail and will be provided with a list of additional supplies to have ready. 


$75/month paid monthly

EAFI 240 (Internship/Final Project) $1150.00

This course includes:

*6 week online forum with individualized feedback and support

*2 group Conference calls.

*EAFI 250 (Supervised Clinical Practicum) $1500

This is offered to students who are practicing mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, or professional counselors. It may be taken by these students either as an alternative to EAFI 240, or, if desired, in addition for EAFI 240.

EAFI Final Certificate Completion Review $250.00  

Our Application Fee: $200.00


Full Payment Option: 1

With this option, full program tuition for all core courses is required to be ”paid in full” 60 days prior to the first course, or when the student registers for their first course if it is within the 60-day period.

Students choosing this option are eligible to receive a 10% discount* on all required core courses.

*10% only applies to core courses. It does not include Creative Wisdom,  Mentoring, Final Certificate Review, or any fees that may arise for classes taken as elective credit or late fees of any kind.

Pay as you Go Option: 2

Registration using the “Pay as you Go Option” is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the flexibility of enrollment in our courses, a student’s registration is fully secured only by paying tuition in full for the course. Since some courses reach maximum capacity, and could be wait-listed, early payment is advised.

*Tuition paid after registration date will incur a late fee of $50.00.

Consult Admissions Office for additional information on possible financial hardship payment plans.

Additional Fees

• Elective Tuition: Total cost for Electives will vary depending on each student’s elective choices, course content, length, and location.

• *Final Certificate Review fee: $250.00

EAFI acknowledges that hardship situations do occasionally occur. Please contact the Financial Liaison to discuss your situation prior to Tuition due dates. We will do everything we can to assist you in your continuation of the program but cannot guarantee a resolution.

Payment plan options will be discussed upon request. Please contact the Admissions Office.

Tuition rates & payment schedule subject to change.

Guiding Principles

We believe in the positive power of creativity in every person.

We believe that creative practice serves health and wellness.

We believe in the holistic nature of Expressive Arts, as it engages the whole person - body/mind/spirit.

We embrace the practice of an Intermodal or Integrative Arts approach.

We believe that the creative process and art-making itself is healing and transformational.

Our approach to interpersonal Expressive Arts work is that of “bearing witness”, so that the person, group, or community may see him/her/itself more clearly and discover new possibilities for healing.

Our focus is on the health-giving nature of Expressive Arts.

We believe that Expressive Arts can be practiced ethically and effectively in a wide variety of settings by a wide variety of trained practitioners.

We believe in, and practice, an experiential learning approach, supplemented by readings, presentations, and written and arts-based assignments.

We believe that it is essential for the practitioner of Expressive Arts to be engaged in their own personal Expressive Arts practice.

We believe in collaborative and community art making as a path to building relationships, community wellness, and social change and planetary healing.

Our work is grounded in the cycles and lessons of the natural world.

Our goal is to practice our work within an environmentally sound model that fosters sustainability.

Master's Degree Through European Graduate School

The European Graduate School’s Master’s Program is a modular system of coursework designed for persons seeking an initial or additional graduate degree in Master of Arts Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, or Expressive Arts Coaching. Consulting, or Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peace Building

Expressive Arts Florida Institute is a Module K provider for the EGS Master’s Program. Our Level One Certificate meets the requirements for Module K.

EAFI students interested in attaining a master’s degree at EGS may use their EAFI Level One Training as EGS Module K. Each student must make application to EGS, as well as to EAFI. Please contact EGS for details. http://www.expressivearts.egs.edu/ . EGS fees and tuition are separate from, and in addition to, the fees and tuition paid to Expressive Arts Florida Institute.

For more information about EGS, please visit:


Continuing Education And Professional Development

With a vast web of connections to other expressive arts professionals around the world and a growing list of exceptional graduates, we are honored to provide professional development training and workshops to those seeking to further their own education and practice in expressive arts. We offer continuing education for many of our workshops and training to LMHC, LMFT, LCSW in the state of Florida. If you are seeking CEU’s and live outside of Florida, we will issue a certificate of completion that can be filed for CEU’s in your home state.

What others say...

Pat B. Allen, PhD., ATR Co-Founder, Open Studio Project; Author: Art is a Way of Knowing, Art is a Spiritual Path, Cronation
"Kathleen, Victoria and Tamara of Expressive Arts Florida Institute are inspiring teachers and worthy guides dedicated to sharing the riches and magic of the expressive arts with others. They are gracious hosts, wonderful models of joyful creative engagement and sparkling artists, and they inspire deep engagement balanced with a whole lot of fun! "
Markus Scott-Alexander, PhD, REAT, Director, World Arts Organization
“I enjoy my association with the Expressive Arts Florida Institute. They have a great balance of professionalism and warmth. I’ve known their work for years and find them to be consistently creative, clear and knowledgeable." Author: Expressive Arts Education and Therapy: Discoveries in a Dance Theatre Lab Through Creative Process-based Research
Mitchell Kossak PhD, LMHC, REAT Professor, Counseling and Expressive Therapies, Lesley University: Author: Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy
"Expressive Arts Florida Institute is amazing - really top notch faculty and well thought out comprehensive programming. The core faculty have many years of training themselves, and this comes through in their meticulous attention to all aspects of training others including theory and application. I have taught in many places around the world and I always look forward to returning to the Expressive Arts Florida Institute."
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H. Fay Wilkinson, REACE fay@thecreativecocoon.com
"It has been an absolute pleasure working with Expressive Arts Florida over many years now! They are a dedicated team of innovative, accomplished and caring souls. I have always so appreciated their acknowledgement of expressive arts in rural areas and given me a chance both to learn and to share my experiences. May they continue to flourish for many years to come!"
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