LFA Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner Program
The LFA Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner (CEAP) Program is an 11 month course of study for those interested in the professional field of intermodal expressive arts. Some graduates may choose to simply use this training to enhance the work they are doing in their current profession, while others may wish to apply certificate hours towards the REAT (Registered Expressive Arts Therapist) or REACE (Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator) credential through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA)
LFA's CEAP program is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use the arts to help others, such as their clients or students. Please note it is a certificate program, and does not give a degree. Also, if you want to receive the Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) designation, there are additional requirements, such as having an MA in counseling or MFA. Please contact us at 773-327-7224 with questions about the program.
REAT- If you want to apply your hours towards the REAT credential you must have a Master’s degree in Psychology, Educational Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, related mental health discipline (for this category 200 hrs of practicum must be completed with 25 hrs of individual supervision or 50 hrs of group supervision). Or you may have a Masters in Fine Arts (music, visual arts, dance, drama, etc.) (For this category you must complete 500 hrs of practicum with 50 hrs of individual supervision or 100 hrs of group supervision).
REACE - If you want to apply your certificate hours towards the REACE credential, You must have a Masters in Expressive Arts, Psychology, Education, Educational Psychology, Counseling, Spiritual Development or Pastoral Field ,Social Work, Business Management Organizational Development, or Any of the Creative Arts. No practicum or supervision hours are required.
Professional registration as a REAT or REACE have additional requirements. Please visit IEATA www.ieata.org. For updated information.
Structure of the CEAP Program
LFA's CEAP program takes 11 months, and is divided into 11 seminars. Each seminar is a one-month process
that begins with home study reading, assignments
and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online
discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop (9:30 AM - 5:30
PM) on the last day of the seminar. Seminars are held on Sundays.
For example: the seminar would start on September 8 with home study reading, online assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students, and conclude with a full-day workshop on October 8, the last day of the seminar.
Please contact Joan at 773-327-7224 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registration
Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner Program
September 2017- August 2018
Cost: You can pay the full amount before beginning the course, or make monthly payments.
$4,100 if paid all at once Monthly payment plan: pay $409 per month for 11 months ($4500).
Full-day In-person workshops are on Sundays from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM at Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657
Start date is September 8, 2017 with first in-person class on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Other full-day in-person workshops will be on Sundays, dates listed below.
September 8 - October 8, 2017 - Expressive Arts Therapy/ History: Life Force Arts Method. Program begins with home study/online learning - Full day in-person intensive (9:30 AM - 5:30 PM): Life Force Arts Method on October 8, 2017
October - November 12, 2017- Expressive Arts Therapy/ History: The Creative Connection (Natalie Rogers) (continued home study/online learning EXA approaches and practices) Full day in-person intensive. on November 12, 2017
November - December, 10, 2017 - Intermodal Expressive Arts therapy (Levine approach) (continued home study/online learning EXA approaches). Full day in-person intensive: on December, 10, 2017
December - January 14, 2018 - Visual Art Therapy History/theory (home study/online learning, and prepare art project for Full day intensive) Full day intensive art therapy techniques- Doll making, mask and instrument making on January 14, 2018
January - February 11, 2018 - Dance movement therapy history (home study/online learning). Full day intensive dance therapy techniques on February 11, 2018
February - March 11, 2018 - Music therapy history (home study/online learning). Full day intensive music therapy techniques on March 11, 2018
March - April 8, 2018 - Drama therapy history (home study/online learning). Full day intensive Drama therapy and Psychodrama techniques; Creating Healing Ritual/Sacred Ceremony on April 8, 2018
April - May 6, 2018- Literary arts in therapy (home study/online learning) Full day intensive techniques- poetry, creative writing and journaling on May 6, 2018
May - June 10, 2018 - Intuitive Healing Arts (home study/online learning) Full day intensive - Dream work and Expressive arts therapy; vibrational therapies (crystal healing, essential oils, color, sound etc) and Tarot archetypes and expressive arts on June 10, 2018
July 8, 2018 & August 12, 2018 - Final projects/presentations
Graduates of LFA's Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner program receive a Certificate of Completion for the program.
Szmeralda Shanel MA (Lead Instructor) is a visual, ritual and performing artist as well as a published author. She is a Life Force Arts Artist in Residence, and has worked in the field of expressive arts for over twenty years. In addition to being a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Szmeralda has been trained and initiated into several traditional healing systems and is an ordained interfaith minister, spiritual counselor and holistic healer. She is the founder of The Art of Healing http://www.asacredart.com
Joan Forest Mage, MA (Lead Instructor) is the founder and director of the Life Force
Arts Center and developer of the Life Force Arts Method of spiritual and artistic teaching. She has a Master of Arts Degree from De Paul University's School for New
Learning, with the focus area "Creating Healing Ritual Through the Arts." Joan is a contributing author to the book on Expressive Arts Therapy Healing
with Art and Soul: Engaging One’s Self Through Art Modalities. A Certified Movement Analyst in somatics with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute, Joan has over thirty years of professional performing and teaching
experience as a dancer, singer and theater performer, and two music CDs to
her credit. Joan studied
shamanism, energy work and healing ritual with numerous teachers. She has taught classes and workshops in the arts, body movement, fitness and yoga since 1985, and created the Life Force Arts Shamanic Training Program in 2001. Contact Joan at Joan@LifeForceArts.org or 773-327-7224.
In addition to the two lead instructors, several guest teachers will present units within the program on their specialties in healing with the visual, literary and performing arts. These instructors represent a diverse community of professional teaching artists, artist-healers, and expressive arts therapists who explore the connection between the arts, healing and spiritual practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Facilitate or teach in a private institute or academic setting
- Guide or facilitate individuals seeking to reframe their lives
- Use the arts to assist a group or individuals exploring personal growth
- Bring the arts into schools or the private sector to work with at-risk youth
- Work with those facing the challenges of physical illness and/or death and dying
- Work with organizations and leaders to facilitate conflict and to assist in team building
Most states require a master's degree in counseling or psychology in order to apply for a license as a counselor or psychologist. Because LFA's CEAP program is not a degree program, you would need additional training to become licensed.
12. What is unique about The LFA Certified Expressive Arts training program?
Spiritual Basis - Most expressive arts training programs tend to have a foundation based on psychology only, while our program's foundation is based on a non-denominational spiritual approach that also includes many principles from psychology
Based in Chicago - LFA Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner program is one of the few Expressive Arts training programs in Chicago
Certificate Program rather than Degree Program - Our program provides excellent training in Expressive Arts, while being shorter and less expensive than a degree program in Expressive Arts