Art Therapy Certificate Programme

  • This programme is constructed dedicatedly with reference to the latest guideline from American Art Therapy Association, incorporated with years of experience in teaching and providing psychotherapy in Tharros Centre. 

  • Programme content strives for a balanced coverage between theory and practice, allowing students to put theory into practice flexibly upon completion of study. 

  • Psychology element is integrated in programme design, helping students having no training in psychology or counselling to acquire basic concepts in psycho-development and psychopathology. 

  • This programme is oriented to therapeutic art therapy, which emphasizes both psychological expression and therapeutic intervention. 

  • This programme is specifically suitable for teachers, social workers, programme workers, art enthusiasts, people with emotional disturbance and their caregivers.  

  • The study duration of this programme varies from 1 year to 3 years. Students can suspend study within this period. Tuition fee are charged on a per-course basis. 

  • Students can freely choose to study any course based on personal needs. Course certificate would be issued after completion of any course; and programme graduation certificate and transcript would be awarded upon completion of required credits for graduation. 

  • Lecture notes are written in Chinese; and language of instruction is Cantonese.

  • Classes are available in classroom and online Zoom simultaneously so that they will not be affected by change of pandemic situation or geographical limitation.

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​Programme Structure

There are a total of 7 courses in this programme, including 2 core subjects and 5 elective subjects. Students can take courses from the above 2 categories freely without preset sequence; and can suspend study based on personal need temporarily. Certificate would be issued upon completion of each course with passing grade.

To attain more comprehensive learning, students are recommended to study all required courses and at least 2 elective courses. Students completing the above requirement within 3 years would be awarded a programme graduation certificate and an academic transcript. Students can also study 1 to 2 courses first to have a taste on whether this programme is suitable for themselves; and afterward, decide whether to study other courses to fulfill the graduation requirement.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fee is HK$2000 per course. Students are required to make payment 4-8 weeks before commencement for each course to reserve offer; and need not pay all courses intended to study at once.

 

If students would like to cancel enrollment of the course, application of cancellation of enrollment shall be made 1 week before the start of the course. Application made less than 1 week before course commencement would be charged 10% administration fee; and application made after course commencement would not be accepted.

​Entrance Requirement

 

There is no academic prerequisite in studying this programme, however, individuals intended to study must critically evaluate their ability in apprehending life issues and handling discussions related. The language of instruction of this programme is Chinese and Cantonese. Extraordinary drawing technique is not compulsory for taking this programme, but students should be interested in visual art. Besides, since cases of psychological disturbance will be analyzed during classes, students are required to regulate own emotion to learn attentively.

Certificate

 

This is an academic programme, which content is designed delicately and professionally; and is not an interest class.

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Each course consists of 10 lectures, with 20 hours teaching hours. Students are required to complete classwork, as well as 20 hours of assignments and assessments. Students obtaining 60 marks or above with 80% attendance would be awarded a certificate. Programme graduation certificates, academic transcripts, and certificates of each course are issued by Tharros Centre, as evident to the passion and understanding toward art therapy of the students.

Application Procedure

 

Interested parties please fill in the application form and indicate the courses intended to study. Please note that you may still make changes on course selection later. After submission of the application form, applicants would be notified about the admission result. Applicants admitted are required to pay the tuition fee of the first course taken within the designated period.

After payment, the application procedure will be completed, and admitted applicants can wait for course commencement and attend the course as scheduled.

Form


Pink Gradient

Core Courses

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AT2101
Art Therapy for Emotions and Trauma
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This course is the fundamental of the Art Therapy Certificate Course. It allows you to acquire basic understanding toward common negative emotions and trauma-related psychology; and learn to use art as therapeutic intervention in accordance. This course looks into anxiety, depression, anger, self-blame, and post-traumatic responses. More importantly, this course helps you to have personal adjustment, walk through past issues, and regulate own emotion, such that positive psychological wellbeing can be upheld.

Date of commencement:
12/4/2022 to 14/6/2022 (Tuesdays) 7:30-9:30pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:

2/10/2022 to 4/12/2022 (Sundays) 7:00-9:00pm

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AT2102
Art Therapy & Mindful Artistic Expression
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This course aims at enhancing your ability of art expression of own feeling, as well as comprehending the language of art. You will be taught to understand more about your inner feeling, and connect your feeling with art, such that your feeling can be expressed by art effectively. This course does not require students to have superb art skills. Students will be trained to strengthen the ability of mindful artistic expression based on own drawing skill, so as to equip themselves to implement art therapy.   

Date of commencement:

5/7/2022 to 6/9/2022 (Tuesdays) 7:30-9:30pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:

9/1/2023 to 20/3/2023 (Mondays) 7:30-9:30pm

​Elective Courses

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AT2111
Art Therapy for Children
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The world from a children's perspective is hugely different from that of an adult. Their psychological changes across development, emotions, and art expression are unique. These factors shall be taken into consideration when conducting art therapy interventions for them. This course allows you to understand the psychological development of children from 0 to 12 years old, including possible emotions and trauma caused by problematic parenting; and learn about how to help the children effectively regulate their inner world through the use of art.

Date of commencement:
4/4/2022 to 27/6/2022

(Mondays) 7:30-9:30pm

Tentative date of commencement

of next class:

11/10/2022 to 13/12/2022

(Tuesdays) 7:30-9:30pm

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AT2112
Art Therapy for Adolescents
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This course aims at introducing the possible challenges and difficulties faced by adolescents during development, including self-image, motivation, connection to the world, rebellion, childhood trauma, etc. This course also discusses on the use of art to enter their world and echo with them, in attempt to help them regulate themselves, eliminate extreme beliefs, balance ideal and reality, such that adolescent vitality and passion can be restored.

Date of commencement:

11/7/2022 to 19/9/2022

(Mondays) 7:30-9:30pm

Tentative date of commencement

of next class:

8/1/2023 to 19/3/2023

(Sundays) 7:00-9:00pm

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AT2113
Art Therapy for Aged and Thanatology
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This course intensively introduces the psychological changes across stages from retirement to death, and the psychological needs of the people with dementia. This course focuses on use of art in improving the psychological wellbeing of the aged people in face of countdown to life. Course content covers the essential distinction of needs between male and female aged people, allowing you to recognize the gender difference in performing art therapy for them. Besides, bereavement art therapy after the death of close ones will be introduced.

 

Date of commencement:
3/4/2022 to 26/6/2022

(Sundays) 7:00-9:00pm

Tentative date of commencement

of next class:

3/10/2022 to 5/12/2022

(Mondays) 7:30-9:30pm

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AT2121
Art Therapy for Autism
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This course leads us to the world of people with autism, apprehending the formation of their autistic features across development, as well as their inner feeling and needs. This allows you to recognize their restriction and connect with them through the use of art, with the aim of opening their heart to connect to the world. The course content covers both low function autism and high function autism (Asperger syndrome).

Date of commencement:

10/7/2022 to 18/9/2022 (Sundays) 7:00-9:00pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:

3/1/2023 to 21/3/2023 (Tuesdays) 7:30-9:30pm

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AT2211
Art Therapy in Christian Spirituality
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This course explores on the critical aspect of a person apart from physical and psychological, discussing how art connects with human being holistically. This course reviews the development of views regarding spirituality throughout historical decades, with the objective of comprehending a more in-depth meaning toward spirituality; as well as integrating aestheticism, core religion in Christianity and Christian religious behaviours (for example, reading bible, singing hymns, praying), with the purpose of investigating on the use of art in relieving spiritual disturbance and trauma.

Dates of lessons:
16/4/2022 (Saturday) 2:00-6:00pm
15/5/2022 (Sunday) 2:00-6:00pm
3/6/2022 (Saturday) 2:00-6:00pm
25/6/2022 (Saturday) 2:00-10:00pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:

16/10/2022 (Sunday) 2:00-6:00pm

5/11/2022 (Saturday) 2:00-6:00pm

27/11/2022 (Sunday) 2:00-6:00pm

17/12/2022 (Saturday) 2:00-10:00pm

** Dates of commencement of courses are subject to change **