CEAACT offers the unique Clinical Expressive Arts and Addictions Counselling Therapies Diploma (CEAACT-D) program which prepares students to write the Certification Exam required by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation requirements toward becoming a registered a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor (CCAC). The CEAACT diploma program is unique in the ways a strong addictions counselling foundation is integrated with a focus on therapeutic expressive art in clinical practice. Individuals who are already credentialed or experienced as counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers and other relevant disciplines are invited to complete the Therapeutic Arts and Addictions Certificate (TAAC) program (click here to learn more about the TAAC Professional Development Certificate). We strive to be a learning community of inclusion by welcoming students from many backgrounds and diverse cultures, creating space for all voices to be heard.

The CEAACT-D program helps students navigate the political and cultural challenges of our times by integrating traditional psychodynamic theories and practices with contemporary theories in therapeutic art. Students are encouraged to explore the uses and potentials of different theories when dealing with various client populations, treatment goals and the student’s preferred therapeutic style of practice. The CEAACT-D program offers students innovative training in a growing, dynamic field, while meeting the educational standards of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. Graduates of the program may apply for Associate membership with the Canadian Art Therapy Association, and for membership as a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator (REACE). The REACE® designation includes expressive arts consultants and educators who use the expressive arts in a broad range of approaches in education, organizational development, health fields and more. The shorter TAAC programs (Foundations and Advanced) will meet the needs of practicing professionals in the field of Addiction Counselling.

​The entire Diploma program is available online and can be completed in as little as 18 months although the average is 2 years. The CEAACT-D program is a dynamic, comprehensive, and academically rigorous program that nourishes creativity, encourages critical thinking, and welcomes unique perspectives. Experiential and embodied learning fosters student competence, flexibility and professional skill development that enables addictions counsellors and therapists to meet the complex demands of today’s clients. CEAACT ensures that our students are actively involved in shaping their learning environment, while implementing new research and ideas in practice. Graduates of the program become leaders in the areas of professional practice, research and theoretical development.

Admission Requirements

A non-refundable application fee of $150 is required to be submitted along with the application package.

  • Undergraduate degree in Social Sciences, the Arts or a related field (the undergraduate degree requirement may be met through a documented Prior Learning Equivalency Assessment on an individual case-by-case basis). 
  • Proficiency in English. 
  • Current Resume and/or Transcripts/certificates

Prior Learning Equivalency Assessments
A Prior Learning Equivalency Assessment (PLEA) is available for applicants who do not hold or have not completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited university required for admission to CEAACT. The Equivalency Assessment application and process is to determine that the applicant has the required knowledge and skills that would match the equivalent of a university degree and would be successful in completing the program. The cost of applying for a PLEA is $350.

*NOTE: Due to CEAACT’s ongoing enrollment, and based on a student’s background and clinical experience, courses and practicum can be completed concurrently, or students can pace themselves to fit their work situation.




Clinical Practicum & Supervision

CLINICAL SUPERVISION AND PRACTICUM Clinical supervision is available in group study settings and provides students the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ as they work toward completing their practicum hours. Students will develop competence while working with clients in a therapeutic relationship. Under supervision, students will learn to practice according to ethical guidelines as reviewed in […]


PROGRAM ORGANIZATION   Title of Course/Work Experience Component # of Hours Required Courses F1a – Fundamentals and Pharmacology of Addiction Part I 50 F1b – Fundamentals and Pharmacology of Addiction Part II 50 F2 Addictions Counselling Theory and Practice 50 F3 Ethical Issues in Addictions Counselling 50 F4 Behavioural Addictions and Therapeutic Interventions 50 F5 […]

Fees and Tuition

APPLICATION FEE All admission applications must be accompanied by a $100 non-refundable fee. The fee is due at the time the application is submitted and can be paid online by credit/debit card. TUITION FEES Clinical Therapeutic Arts and Addictions Postgraduate Diploma (CTAAPD) Tuition for the full Diploma is $13,400 Canadian. Year 1 – $6,700 Year […]

Credentials and Certifications

The CTAAPD program offers students innovative training in a the dynamic field of addictions counselling integrated with thereapeutic art, while meeting the educational standards of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF). Graduates of the program may apply for Associate membership with the Canadian Art Therapy Association, and for membership as a Registered Expressive Arts […]



Spurgeon Root, MA


Spurgeon Root has been involved in inner-city youth and adult outreach work in a variety of roles and capacities for over 20 years. He is passionate about seeing the lives of marginalized people transformed. His work includes holding various positions with community-based organizations and agencies in the City of Regina.


Vanya Hanson, MA, CATA, CCPA


Vanya Hanson is a professional art therapist (Canadian Art Therapist Association) and member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapist Association. She received her Masters degree in Art Therapy from Concordia University. Vanya provides a warm, empathetic and creative approach to her interactions with students. Her recent work has been focused on interventions that address trauma, collective healing, personal agency and self-esteem building.


Saje MacLeod

Director of Finance

Saje MacLeod is our Director of Finance. Saje is a single Dad who is also an expressive artist, involved in mural art, fine art, and music.


Heather MacLeod, PhD, RPC, MPCC

Founder & Director of Education

Heather MacLeod is the Founder and Director of Education of CTAAT. Heather’s background includes her Master’s research focused on Childhood Maltreatment and Trauma She further completed her PhD at the University of Regina with a research focus on trauma and victimology education. Heather is a clinical art therapist, and addictions counsellor.





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Program Information, Application & Scholarship Application Forms

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Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy – Counselling

In addition to the elective course offered through the Clinical Diploma in Therapeutic Arts and Addictions, CEAACT now offers a Certificate in Annimal Assisted Therapy – Counselling (AAT-C) program! The AAT-C Certificate program is a dynamic, comprehensive, and academically rigorous program that encourages critical thinking, and welcomes experiential perspectives while maintain a research and evidence-based […]