Master Practitioner of Holistic Art Therapy

Mind Body Education
Award-Winning Training For Holistic Therapists

Master Practitioner of Holistic Art Therapy
On-Campus Program
Sunshine Coast Campus
Queensland, Australia

Course Duration: 12 months (four terms).

Next Intake:
Commencing February 2025
Join the waiting list to be informed when enrolments open

Class from 9 am to 2 pm each Wednesday
No classes during the QLD School holidays

There is also some art-based homework each week 

Industry Approved Training.

This program offers a double qualification:
Master Practitioner in Holistic Art Therapy & Certificate in Holistic Counselling. 

Total Hours: 400 hours (40 modules)
Plus 10 hours of supervised clinical practice

This industry-accredited training program is a pathway to a professional career as a holistic art therapist. 

Holistic Art Therapy Training

  This comprehensive, holistic training course has a strong emphasis on nurturing the overall wellbeing, harmony, and balance of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. 

Students explore a wide range of art therapy techniques as well as humanistic psychology, holistic counselling skills, anatomy, and physiology,  mind-body medicine, and methods for working with a wide range of people and situations. 

Course Content 
Each module includes a theory session for delving into concepts, evidence-based research, and methodologies and a practical session aimed at experiencing and honing art therapy techniques.

Five hours of homestudy per module includes reading, watching videos, making art, and some written assignments.  Mostly making art! 

You will explore humanistic psychology, develop master-level counselling skills and gain a profound understanding of how and why Art Therapy can provide an accelerated and powerful pathway to healing. 

By the end of this course, you will be well-equipped, confident, and qualified to practice as a professional Holistic Art Therapist in Australia and New Zealand. You will have created resources and made plans that will assist you in setting up your own private practice. 

Graduates can join relevant professional organizations and associations and get insurance to practice. 

Graduates in Australia,  New Zealand and Singapore can use the title Art Therapist or Holistic Art Therapist.
Course Delivery 
This course is inclusive and suitable for everyone with a desire to become a Holistic Art Therapist aged over 18 years, including mature-aged students. 

No artistic skill, experience, or prior qualifications are required.
You do not need to be 'good' at art to be an Art Therapist. 
Art therapy is about the creative process in a therapeutic context, not the end product. 

You just need the desire to build a rewarding career in a creative field where you can help hundreds of people live happier and healthier lives. 

Weekly classes are held in Cooroy from 9 am to 2 pm  each Wednesday throughout the school term for four terms (12 months) - No classes are held during school holidays.

You will be provided with a timetable to let you know what art materials to bring to each class. A 30-minute lunch break is provided, and facilities to store lunch in the fridge and make tea and coffee are provided,, There is also a range of great cafes close by. 

Your teacher for this program is Isabelle Cunningham, who is the course creator and an internationally award-winning holistic therapies training program designer with more than forty years of industry experience and 16 years of experience in training holistic therapists. 

Holistic Art Therapy

 Holistic Art Therapy emphasizes the importance of the mind-body connection and recognizes that creativity can be a powerful tool for self-expression and exploration. 

Through various art mediums and techniques, clients are encouraged to tap into their inner wisdom and unlock their innate healing potential. By engaging in the creative process, individuals can gain insights, release emotions, and gain a deeper understanding of themselves.

The Holistic Art Therapist creates a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without the fear of being judged or misunderstood. Instead of imposing solutions, the therapist guides the client in discovering their own solutions and empowering them to take ownership of their healing journey.

By fostering self-awareness and self-compassion, Holistic Art Therapy enables clients to break free from limiting beliefs and patterns, leading to a greater sense of fulfillment and well-being. The process of creating art becomes a form of meditation, allowing the mind to quieten and the soul to speak its truth. 

As clients gain confidence in their creative expression, they also gain confidence in facing life's challenges, making positive changes, and embracing their authentic selves. In the journey of Holistic Art Therapy, clients find not only healing but also a renewed sense of purpose and joy. 

Through self-discovery and creative exploration, clients learn to harness their inner strengths and resources to live more authentically and harmoniously. The ultimate goal is to empower individuals to live their lives with intention, resilience, and a deep sense of connection to themselves and the world around them.  
Course Fees (shown in Australian Dollars) 

Full Fee Paid on Enrolment:
 $5,500 (includes GST) 
Save $500! 

Payment Plan Option One:
Four payments of $1,500.
The first payment of $1,500 is due on enrolment.
The following payments of $1,500 are due at the commencement of each school term.  
Total course fee = $6,000 (includes GST)

Payment Plan Option Two:
Payment of $500 on enrolment
Plus, 40 payments of $150  -  due weekly
Total course fee = $6,500 (includes GST)

Course Materials 
You will need to purchase art supplies and books to complete this training course.

Your art supplies will come to around $270 at Office Works, but you may be able to spend less at another shop, and you do not need to purchase them all at once if you do not want to.

Required Reading List: 

You can choose to read the following books in any format, including audiobooks. Links to find these books online will be provided with your materials list and timetable when you enrol. 

Your teacher will let you know when to read each book, and they will be discussed in class.

  • The Art Therapy Source Book by Cathy Malchiodi
  •  Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing: A Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping by Cornelia Elbrecht
  • Your Brain on Art by Susan Magsamen, Ivy Ross
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
  •  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
  •  The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

We have been nominated for and won several awards, including:

M & A Best Global Holistic Therapist Training Provider 2021 and 2022

Corporate Vision Best Global Holistic Therapist Training Provider 2022

The International Institute of Complementary Therapists awarded the Seal of Excellence - Global Education Ambassador 2021 , 2022 and 2023

Best Online Creative Arts Therapy Training Provider - Australia in the Mental Health Awards 2022

Best Global Holistic Therapy Training Provider 2023 - Australia in the Corporate America Today – Annual Awards.

Corporate Vision Best Global Holistic Training Course Provider 2023

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