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19 Feb

Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program

A full Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Program in China with international faculty

Start in April 2024 with hybrid format (online + China)


About Program

The Inspirees Expressive Arts Therapy (EAT) certificate program is a part-time and systematic training program designed towards meeting professional association guidelines. Completion of all 3 modules of coursework and training, plus meeting all other working requirements, including those beyond the training program, leads to the eligibility for application for the REAT- Registered Expressive Arts Therapist credential through IEATA- International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Courses are taught by internationally known faculty in the EAT field. The program is based on Inspirees‘ 15 years of experience and reputation in China, and is integrated with our other creative arts therapy programs. Inspirees is an organizational member of IEATA and also on the training program list of IEATA.

This modular program consists of Expressive Arts Therapy coursework modules 1-3 , General Training (Psychology), Internship/supervision in 1.5-2 years followed by 1,000 hrs of field work (1-2 years) required for the REAT credential.

The courses are taught in hybrid format both online and in-person (China), integrating theory and practice. Students will be offered a deep and intensive cross-cultural learning experience with opportunities for personal and professional growth in small groups, with connections to a larger professional community in creative arts and expressive arts therapy. It is highly interactive and the students are expected to be very engaged in an individual as well as group learning processes. There are qualifited teaching assistants (accredited expressive arts therapists) available to support students in the program.

Introduction seminars are provided to learn the development and international applicability of Expressive Arts Therapy with theoretical foundational concepts with experiential learning, as well as more information about this program.


We have a distinguished international faculty to ensure a high-level quality training. They are among the founders, leaders and experts in the field of EAT.

Program Director
Prof. Vivien Speiser, Dr. Tony Yu Zhou

Dr. Phillip Speiser, Dr. Keren Shechter, Dr. Ara Parker, Dr. Michal Lev, Dr. Yousef AlAjarma

Guest Faculty
Prof. Mitchell Kossak, Prof. Irle Goldman, Dr. Rebecca Zarate, Prof. Linda Cao (曹晓乔), Prof. Rainbow Ho (何天虹), Prof. Liwen Ma (马利文), Dr. Giselle Ruzany, Prof. Jun Hu (胡俊), Haiping Guo (郭海平),


Click to see EAT program faculty details


Program highlights  

  • Designed towards meeting professional association guidelines of IEATA
  • Taught by distinguished faculty including some of the founders of EAT and senior university faculty
  • In-depth integration of creative and expressive arts therapy forms
  • Balanced curriculum Including psychology, integrated aesthetic and creative processes
  • International faculty plus local guest teachers tailor made for the need of Chinese students
  • Group supervision + study group with support from qualified Chinese teaching assistants (expressive arts therapists)
  • Chinese textbooks and other study materials available

Download Inspirees EAT Training Program Outline


Basic requirements for application

University bachelor degree with at least 2 years working experience in related fields.  Applicants with a master‘s degree, with a focus in psychology, social work, education, healthcare, and arts field, are particularlly encouraged to apply.



To inquire and apply for the Inspirees EAT Certification Program, please send an email expressing interest with resume to An evaluation and interview is part of the process of acceptance to the program.  Space is limited and the official program will start in April 2024.

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