10699NAT Diploma of Creative Expression (Expressive Arts Therapy)

10699NAT Diploma of Creative Expression (Expressive Arts Therapy)


A CCM Expressive Arts qualification can lead to a rewarding career as a creative expression practitioner.

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A CCM Expressive Arts qualification can lead to a rewarding career as a creative expression practitioner.

Course overview 

This course is at the forefront of leading edge therapy and incorporates a synthesis of transpersonal and mainstream psychology. It focuses on enhancing creativity and imagination in order to improve health and wellbeing. Students learn how to guide others throughout their individual journeys utilising a wide range of therapeutic approaches that include art, poetry, writing, music, movement and dance, psychodrama and sand-play. This multi-streamed approach takes creative therapy to a whole new level. The way it is taught is highly experiential and creative.

Why study this course with CCM?

  • You will receive comprehensive specialist training to support your career and life goals.
  • We offer individualised tailored learning in small classes to ensure the most progressive possibilities are realised by our students.
  • Our teachers are highly trained practitioners and leaders in their field.
  • The difference with our course and others is that you extend your own individual and personal boundaries as you immerse yourself in activities and processes such as mask-making, puppetry, dance and movement, storytelling, art, poetry and creatively connecting with the natural environment.
  • It is a nationally and industry recognised and endorsed qualification. Graduates can gain membership and insurance through Holistic Therapists Australia (HTA) and International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)
  • Our flexible study structures are perfect for people who lead a busy lifestyle, enabling you to juggle study, work and other commitments.
  • When you study with CCM you join a dedicated, focused and passionate community of career minded students that have a strong network which supports each other.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for therapists, counsellors, trainers and those that work or are intending to work in private or clinical settings using creative expression as a vehicle to affect change, growth, development and healing. It is designed for people who have a passion for facilitating positive change with individuals and groups. It is a holistic journey that fosters self realisation – and empowers you with the skills to support others do the same whether in a private clinic or in an organisation. The course has a broad applicability. Those already involved in counselling or therapy would benefit from the additional skills they would acquire. While those in other areas such as teaching, mediation, child protection, trauma, refugee advocacy, domestic violence, drug and alcohol, coaching, will gain invaluable skills and concepts to initiate creative programs for their clients.


  • The Life of Creativity
  • Group Work – A Transpersonal Perspective
  • Introduction to Soul Centred Psychodrama
  • Dynamic Action Methods
  • Shadow Work
  • Multi-Modal Transpersonal Expressive Arts
  • Healing Power of Story
  • Transformation Through Sandplay
  • Integrative Expressive Arts in Therapy
  • Integrative Practice
  • Placement

Career outcomes 

Our purpose is to train practitioners who can help groups and individual clients find their own wisdom and take control of their own needs through creative expression. Our Expressive Arts course is 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 and, of course, private practice.

Our Expressive Arts Faculty who teach this course

    Our courses are led by a team of highly skilled and richly experienced staff. Please click on an image below to read their stories.

Vicki Dean
Robert Boyle Expressive Arts

See what our graduates say about this course

A CCM Expressive Arts qualification can lead to a rewarding career as an Art Therapist and Counsellor. Sile shares her success in helping others improve their lives and find true meaning.

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The college really is at the cutting edge area of health. It’s quiet frankly an education that is second to none.


I started studying with CCM when I was already working as a Psychotherapist when I realised I needed more than simply ‘Talk Therapy’ to support my clients needs. In my prior training we had not really explored Expressive Therapies or the power role of the Transpersonal but CCM offered the perfect integration of both.


The Transpersonal Counselling Advanced Diploma course has changed my lifestyle, my relationships and my personal and professional goals in life. I now teach Yoga with a different and improved perspective and hold space for my students to incorporate yogic techniques while maintaining a connection to their heart and embracing their own unique rhythm.


When I decided to study Kinesiology, it was important to me that I had the best education possible. I did a lot of research and decided that the College of Complementary Medicine was the only option.


The incredible camaraderie and sense of community encouraged at CCM goes beyond the classroom to faculty management and administration. I haven’t experienced this sense of belonging at any other college and found that it made learning so much more enjoyable and valuable.


Course Information 

Domestic students only.

12 months


Taking expressions of interest for early 2020. Please email courseadvisor@ccm.edu.au to register your interest.


Full Time: Classes run for 2 days a week, 3 consecutive weeks on, one week off.

All assessments that form part of this course are competency-based, with a result of Competent or Not Yet Competent (NYC). Types of assessment in this course include; practical observations, assignments, short answer questions, student clinic, case studies and presentations.

All face to face classes are limited to 30 participants, and as such all applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

This qualification is not nationally recognised.

Entry Requirements 

Although there are no course-specific entry requirements to study this qualification, CCM does ensure that all students who wish to study with us are also suitable.

To determine suitability and ensure all enrolled students can successfully complete the course, CCM assesses a potential student’s Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills, computer literacy and suitability to the course they wish to enrol in.


To establish Language Literacy and Numeracy skills, CCM requires students to provide evidence in the form of:

  • a Certificate III or higher qualification; or
  • an Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) assessment result of Level 3 or above; or
  • a Higher School Certificate (HSC), or equivalent, with 50% or more, in both Math and English.

Computer Literacy

As all courses offered by CCM incorporate use of CCM’s online learning platform, whether it be in accessing course materials or submitting course work for assessment, CCM requires all students to have:

  • access to a computer for the duration of the course;
  • access to the internet as required; and
  • computer literacy skills at Level 3 of the ACSF.

Course Suitability

As part of the enrolment process, each student is also interviewed to ascertain their individual interests in undertaking the course, to ensure it is suitable for both their personal and career aspirations. Dependent on the outcome of the discussion, Course Advisors are able to suggest the most appropriate course, location and mode of delivery for the individual student.

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