Diversity of approaches to creative arts therapies practice
With an understanding of the diverse nature of creative arts therapies clients, Concordia’s Creative arts therapies programs are designed explicitly to embrace diverse approaches to creative arts therapies practice. Our faculty comprises experts with different education, training, experiences, and creative arts therapies philosophies. Our students come from diverse personal and professional backgrounds and will find themselves working at different community sites. During the course of your studies, you are encouraged to amplify your own voice – to make an informed choice as you develop your own authentic approach to creative arts therapies, one which honours the needs and particularities of your clients, and of yourself. While it may be more challenging, this diversity is reflective of and enriches the practice of creative arts therapies in Canada and the world.
Community partnership sites
Internships and practicum are carried out in a variety of general and university hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and community settings, working with infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults, in the specializations of disabilities, autism spectrum, pediatrics, mental health, trauma, oncology, palliative care, and long term care. Some of the local sites where clinical graduate students are typically placed for external practica include the centres listed below.
If your organization would like to benefit from the experience of a current student in Art Therapy, Drama Therapy or Music Therapy, contact Guylaine Vaillancourt for further information.
On campus internship sites
The Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia is an effective clinical training and research facility for creative arts therapies graduate students. They receive on-site supervision from faculty and participate in a multidisciplinary creative arts therapies program, which integrates art therapy, dance-movement therapy, dramatherapy and music therapy .dance-movement, music, art and drama therapies.
Coming in September 2022
Concordia Arts in Health Centre
The Concordia Arts in Health Centre (CAiHC), starting in September 2022, will provide accessible, research based Creative Arts Therapies (CATs) services to the general public, including the university community, on campus and on location, with different inter-university and community partners. It is the first of its kind in Canada. The CAiHC will be a training Centre: CATs graduate students, supervised closely by faculty who are registered professionals, provide therapy to individuals and groups in all our Department’s different modalities: Art, Drama, Music, Play and eventually Dance/Movement Therapies. Faculty researchers, instructors, and supervisors collaborate with each other and our students to innovate and hone best practices that promote inclusive individual and community health. The CAiHC deeply cares about the community we are a part of and want to play our part to extend inclusive and respectful arts-based health services to those who may not otherwise have access.