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Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Therapy (Art Therapy)

Our Transpersonal Art Therapy course exemplifies our commitment to helping you grow both personally and professionally. If you are keen on  a career helping people reach their full potential and navigate through life crises or difficulties arising from both mental health and spiritual issues, then you will find this course invaluable

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Join us in studying a transpersonal art therapy course  that can lead to a rewarding career as an Art Therapist

The only art therapy course in NSW based on a psychological–spiritual model!

Step into yourself and open your heart, mind and spirit. Based on a shamanic model, this unique art therapy course unites ancient wisdom and modern science to provide you the tools to explore the many aspects of our being.

Learn clinical skills, principles and knowledge stemming from both mainstream and transpersonal psychology. Discover the use of art to help people heal, transform themselves, connect with their human nature, explore the dimensions of the human experience and reach their full potential.

This art therapy program invites you to examine yourself while equipping you with a range of techniques to understand the psyche, to work in both clinical and organisational settings. Through a highly experiential process, you will learn the therapeutic qualities of a variety of media: drawing, clay work, sculpture, painting, pastels and collages.

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2nd March 2024

3rd May 2024

Delivery Modes

Online Full Time

Online Weekend

Online night study

Face-to-Face (Surry Hills Campus)

Course Structure

See current timetables for more info on delivery modes, course structures & duration.


14 – 18 Months

Course Fees

2024 Fees, pricing & payment options

Payment Plans

Payment plans available.

Start your journey and find out more with a FREE ONLINE DISCOVERY SESSION

Join us online. It’s the best way to find out more about our college, courses, art therapy study options, career outcomes as well as discover if this course is right for you

All attendees receive generous discounts towards their diploma studies.

Format: Online
Duration: 2 Hours

Why more people choose to study Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy with us?

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Wide Diversity of Employment Opportunities

You will graduate this art therapy course with a profound understanding of the psyche and a range of techniques to explore it. This affords you a wide selection of career options in both clinic and organisational work. Graduates have gained  employment in sectors such as: Art Therapy/Counselling Services, Government Agencies, Aged Care, Alcohol & Drug Centres, Rehabilitation & Outreach Services, Health Centres, Schools and Private Practice.

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Unique Online learning

We use an interactive online platform so students can ask questions in real-time, interact and practice on other students or in groups, and feel like they are in a classroom even though they are studying from home. Our entire curriculum is available online. All our teachers are experienced in delivering online lectures ensuring the experience is fun, interactive and personally fulfilling. We use online classes to teach students to become proficient at online consultations – opening up a whole world of potential clients

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Experienced teaching team

When you study with us you get the best of both worlds: cutting-edge theoretical knowledge along with tried and tested field experience. Our teachers have a combined 200 years of professional experience and most run their own successful clinics. Over the last 20+ years, they have infused their personal experiences into engaging teaching methods to ensure you get the most out of your art therapy study.

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Heart centered approach

We favour small class groups and a personalised teaching approach to create strong bonds with our students, and a more intimate learning experience. We strongly believe in the human-to-human connection between client and therapist, and strive to embody that in our teaching style.

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Multiple study options & a supportive community

With online full-time, weekend, night and face-to-face study options, you can find a study option that perfectly fits your lifestyle and other commitments.

When you study your art therapy course with our college, you also join an active community that supports you beyond your training.

Testimonials from our students

“I went in for one of CCM’s free info session and experienced my very first art therapy exercise where I plunged into the depths of my imagination. This was the world I loved as kid, and abandoned as an adult. This was a course that encouraged us to ignite our inner child. To draw, play, dance, laugh, and learn. It made me feel free to be me.”

Kimberly Hetherington

“I originally came to the college open day and got so much out of it. Just a few hours and I walked away feeling like I had had some changes in my life. The learning here really fits in with what I want to do in the future. I feel the lecturers really live the work – they are what they teach and that really inspires me. I love the relaxed atmosphere of the college. While it is deep work, there is also a lot of freedom within the framework so you can fit the learning into your lifestyle easily.”

Jennifer Lyons

What’s in our Art Therapy course?

Get ready to embark on a fulfilling journey of self-realisation and healing, delving into the following areas:

Module One: Foundations of Transpersonal Therapy

This foundational module introduces students to the core concepts and underpinning of transpersonal psychology through a historical and comparative approach. Transpersonal work is based on a psychological-spiritual model, which focuses on encouraging greater authenticity and creativity in life.

Module Two: Foundations of Transpersonal Practice

The second foundational  module introduces students to the underlying principles and core values, to develop the skills to work with clients, in a safe and ethical manner, sensitive to cultural, and personal differences. These core values underpin our approach to our art therapy course.

Module Three: Integral approaches to Mental Health

This module will examine mental health from mainstream and transpersonal  perspectives. The purpose is to familiarise transpersonal therapists with the psychological, psychiatric and transpersonal paradigms in order to work within the client’s belief system.

Module Four: Healing Dialogues with Art and Images

Transpersonal Art Therapy introduces techniques to work creatively, with paint, clay and other mediums,  with the aim of encouraging students to communicate through creative expression and discover their own journey to healing and well-being. From these embodied skills they then can apply this with clients in a therapeutic setting.

Module Five:   Transitions and Healing across the Life Cycle

During this module students experience their life journey and specific challenges and gifts related to  each of its development phases. Here the idea of movement through the life cycle, as a series of transitions that can be understood and the therapeutic resources that can be accessed through  Art Therapy are explored.

Module Six:  Navigating the Psyche

Students explore the structure and dynamics of the psyche in ways related to a central concern of transpersonal work: self-realisation. This module is designed for students to journey into their  inner personal worlds and navigate towards our centre or authentic self. 

Different techniques are employed to enable this: including Divination – the process of looking beyond appearances,  and engaging with symbols,  that are personal meaning maps and how these maps help us make sense of the world.

Module Seven:  Exploring Life Transitions: Myth and Ritual

Myth and ritual have been the cornerstone of the health and well-being of individuals and communities since Palaeolithic times.   This module will explore the nature and use of myth in the healing process and in a cross-cultural context. Traditional, shamanic cultures will be compared with our own in terms of managing and mapping our various life changes.

Module Eight: Transpersonal  Approaches to Mental Health

Exploring approaches to illness, suffering, life transitions and problems with living from a Transpersonal perspective. Looking at detailed coverage of the spiritual crisis, emergence literature, practice implications and process versus diagnosis. 

Module Nine: Client Centred Engagement

This module is designed to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in inter-transpersonal skills which are essential to being an effective healer using the Client Centred Model. This is a practical counselling module that revisits the underpinning of a  Rogerian, client-centred counselling approach.

Module Ten: Transpersonal Counselling Skills

In this module the fundamentals of communication and counselling skills are extended into Transpersonal dimensions of human interaction, using a self-realisation model.

Students learn to assess where the client is at and what technique/s would be most appropriate to support the clients healing and journey.

Module 11:  Transpersonal Practice Skills

This module focuses on the ways in which a Transpersonal practice can be implemented. Detailed analysis of major approaches to Transpersonal Therapy practice e.g. Wilber, Grof, Krippner and Rowan will be explored.

Module Twelve: Professional Practice – Ethic and legal Guidelines

This module covers the current climate of professional practice in Australia, ethico-legal matters, inter-professional relationships in referrals and integrative practice, case studies and practice work.  It also develops a framework for developing a private practice and introduces students to further structural matters in relation to being a counselling professional.

For a more detailed explanation of all our modules please download our course information flyer.

Career Opportunities

Our Transpersonal Art Therapy courses are comprehensive, rewarding and fulfilling. Graduates have gained employment in organisations such as art therapy/counselling  services, government agencies, alcohol and drug centres, rehabilitation and outreach services, health centres, schools, aged care centres and of course private practice.

Payment Plans

We don’t want you to miss out on making your dream career a reality due to finance, therefore we have multiple payment options available.

We offer discounts on the registration fee to those who attend our free discovery sessions and short courses.

We have partnered up with Handypay. With Handypay you can learn now and pay later. Handypay is committed to providing flexible and affordable payment plans to enable better access to quality education. Click here download an information flyer. You can make a no obligation enquiry here. Get approved in minutes, no monthly, exit, or early repayment fees, an inquiry will not impact your credit score.

Interested in Earning a Double Diploma?

Broaden your career options and skill set

If you have enrolled in or completed this program, you can easily broaden your skills and knowledge with a double diploma. By completing just 4 more modules, you can acquire the following additional diploma:

11156NAT Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Therapy Counselling.

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Our 11156NAT Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Therapy ( Art Therapy) is a nationally recognised qualification

This program is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and by leading industry associations:  

Nationally Recognised Training logo
International institute for Complementary Therapists logo
Holistic Therapists Australia logo

Frequently asked questions

We like to say that Art Therapy is like a doorway into your inner world.

Art therapy is a type of therapy that uses  creative media such as paint, crayon, collage, textas, clay and pastels to express and explore your emotion and experience. 

Techniques used in art therapy can also include: music, dance, drama, movement, photography, digital media, psychodrama and sand play. These visual, physical, tactile and auditory media are a form of non-verbal expression that help you externalise your internal experience.

Learn more about art therapy at our free discovery session.

A qualified Art Therapist will have a diploma in art or creative therapies. Transpersonal Art Therapists have a wealth of tools and techniques to work with clients. During a session the therapist would begin with client-centred counselling to establish a rapport and get an insight into why the client is seeking therapy.

Various techniques would be offered to help the client explore their issues or life concerns. The therapist may then take them into a process, for example, a guided visualisation to access deeper waters.

An art process would be offered and then the therapist would amplify the symbols and how it relates to the client’s present life.

Expressive Art Therapy is a form of therapy that uses ​​processes such as mask-making, puppetry, dance and movement, storytelling, art, poetry.

This form of therapy facilitates positive change with individuals and groups. It is effective in treating people with trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse victims, people with addictions, domestic abuse victims and many more.

We offer art therapy courses that can be studied anywhere in Australia.

Many people consult with a Transpersonal Art Therapist to address issues in their life for example relationship problems, depression or loss of a loved one. Art therapy can assist clients to reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, develop social skills, solve problems, reduce anxiety, provide orientation and increase self-esteem.

People also seek a transpersonal practitioner as they have a sense that there is more to life, that they are not living to their full potential. We offer accredited online art therapy courses to help you achieve a career in this exciting field.

With online full-time, weekend, night and face-to-face study options on offer it means you can study our art therapy course from anywhere in Australia. No matter where you are located, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Gold Coast our online study options  means you can gain an Art Therapy qualification from the comfort of your home.

To become an Art Therapist you will need to gain an accredited art therapy qualification.

Our Art Therapy course is delivered online. This means you can study art therapy from anywhere in Australia. Study art therapy in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or wherever you are based.

Our 10701NAT Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Therapy (Art Therapy) is government accredited and industry approved meaning you can apply for membership with an industry association. Membership with an industry association gives you access to discounted insurance which you will need in order to practise.

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