ICAT Certification Requirements

The Intermodal Creative Arts Therapist (ICAT) Certification Program requires the completion of General Education and Arts Area coursework, required readings, and a supervised internship. CELA classes are all online. Each online class is 30 contact hours. The CELA academic year runs approximately September 1st through June 30th and is made up of four, 10-week sessions.

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General Education Requirements

ICAT certification requires completion of 9 General Education courses:

  • PY001  Assessments in Creative Arts Therapy
  • PY002  Culture & Diversity
  • PY003  Documentation & Records Management
  • PY004  Ethics & Standards
  • PY006  Group Process & Creative Arts Therapy
  • PY007  Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan
  • PY008  Intermodal Creative Arts Therapy: Theory & Practice
  • PY010  Psychopathology (ICAT)
  • PY012  Theories of Counseling & Psychology

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General Education courses that must be completed through CELA:

  • PY001  Assessments in Creative Arts Therapy
  • PY008  Intermodal Creative Arts Therapy: Theory & Practice

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Arts Area Requirement

Every ICAT candidate is required to select a primary arts area and two secondary arts areas within which they will focus their internship work. Intermodal Creative Arts involves moving among different arts areas when working with clients. ICAT certification requires the arts area coursework to be in classes whose primary focus is in an arts area and not in arts-in-therapy.

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CELA requires the following minimum number of contact hours for each arts area of focus:

  • 50 contact hours in a primary arts area (2 classes)
  • 20 contact hours in a secondary arts area (1 class)
  • 20 contact hours in an additional secondary arts area (1 class)

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CELA currently offers online courses in the following Arts Areas:

  • Visual arts
  • Music
  • Language Arts / Creative writing
  • Culinary Arts
  • Individualized Focus

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Required Reading

ICAT certification training has a required reading component. All candidates must enroll in PY011 Required Reading in order to complete the reading work. Each required reading title has an assigned writing component that students must complete. Several of the required reading titles are required reading in other CELA online courses. Titles need to be read only once.

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Supervised Fieldwork Requirement

Facilitation Skills

ICAT certification requires completion of a supervised fieldwork component. We offer two tracks for the supervised fieldwork in order to accommodate the different training backgrounds candidates may have:

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Track A: 200-hour supervised fieldwork

Candidates who have a graduate degree in psychology, educational psychology, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health discipline. This track has 25 individual supervision hours.

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Track B: 500-hour supervised fieldwork

Candidates who have a graduate degree in a creative arts area, for example, visual arts, music, dance, writing, dance. This track has 50 individual supervision hours.

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All candidates must enroll in PY005 Facilitation Skills in order to complete the supervised fieldwork training requirements.

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CELA’s ICAF and ICAT Certification Programs meet the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) supervision and training from an Expressive Arts Institute requirement for the Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator (REACE) credential and the Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) credential.