BATC Apprenticeship Certificate Program
Are you interested in deepening your understanding of art therapy? Are you considering a career as an art therapist, and are you passionate about how art therapy can improve the well-being of individuals and communities? The Boulder Art Therapy Collective’s Apprenticeship Certificate program may be right for you.
This ten month program will give you abundant contact with open studio, art-as- therapy groups, and the opportunity to explore the rationales behind these groups and the dynamics and creative processes which emerge from them. Participants in the program will come away with a foundational knowledge of art- as therapy, as well as an awareness of the application of art therapy with different modalities and populations.
While this program does not take the place of academic coursework in art therapy, it complements such work with personal experience and offers a meaningful prelude to those planning to enroll in an academic art therapy program. For others, it creates a rich, fertile ground for exploring the possibility of a career in art therapy, a place to gain more sustained knowledge of the practices used and an arena in which to build community, personal knowledge and direction.
This Program Includes:
- Up to 80 hours of group experience
- Up to 40 hours of open studio preparation and debriefing time, which are an opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback
- Up to 20 hours of additional training on foundational principles of art therapy and applications to specific issues and populations
- Certificate of completion marking your hours of training and art therapy group experience: This certificate signifies the bearer is prepared to serve as a volunteer facilitator for a professional art therapist in one of our groups. It also represents significant experience for those who wish to apply to a Master’s Degree program in Art Therapy, or may be used to show hours of professional development for a licensed mental health provider.
August 15, 2018- June 15, 2019
- B.A. or Master’s degree in psychology, visual art, counseling, social work or a related field
- Willingness and ability to commit to a ten month program
- Self-care and wellness practices, and the emotional stability to enable participants to fully benefit from and engage in the program
- Candidate passes an interview and a background check, and is assessed by Boulder Art Therapy Collective Staff to be appropriate for participation in studios, workshops and groups
In addition to all that Apprenticeship Certificate Program participants will receive, they are responsible for completing the following requirements and duties in order to be included in the program:
- Assist with the set up and clean up of all open studio groups attended, arriving 30 minutes before the start of group and staying 30 minutes after the end of group to complete these tasks and to get the benefits of an inside look at the open studio rationales and debriefing
- Attend a minimum of 38 weekly open studios, and 9 monthly trainings including the initial program orientation
- Comply with all policies, procedures, group rules and norms of the studio
- Complete all program documentation, including verified hours logs, in a timely manner
- Complete one research paper about an art therapy topic of the participant’s choice, and give a ten minute presentation to the group
- Pay all program fees within stated deadlines
- Maintain good self-care and mental health
- A $250 nonrefundable deposit is due for all participants, whether they chose the early bird option or the monthly payment plan option.
- The early bird fee is $1650 for the full program, which covers the $1400 tuition plus the $250 nonrefundable deposit. Participants choosing this option will save 20% on the tuition for the program (the deposit is not subject to discount). To qualify for the early bird price, full payment must be received by no later than August 1 (scholarships may be available).
- Alternatively, participants may choose to pay the full tuition of $1800 through a monthly payment plan. Participants exercising this option will pay the $250 deposit no later than August 1, and will then pay $160 by the 15th of each month, with the first monthly payment in August and the last payment in May.
How to Apply:
- Participants begin by filling out a candidate application.
- Selected applicants will be interviewed and complete a background check
- Those candidates who pass the interview and background check will be offered a place in the program.
- To reserve their place in the program, candidates pay a nonrefundable deposit of $250. Deposits are due no later than one month after acceptance.
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
Either the participant or the program team may choose to terminate an enrollment in the program at any time, for any reason.
- A $250 deposit is nonrefundable for the length of the program.
- Participants discontinuing the program must give two weeks’ written notice that they are withdrawing.
- If a participant who paid the early bird fee chooses to leave the program, a pro-rated refund of tuition minus the nonrefundable deposit will be given for any portion of the program for which they have paid. The $250 deposit will not be refunded.
- If a participant who paid the early bird fee is asked to leave the program, they will be given a pro-rated refund of the program tuition minus the deposit rounded to the nearest month for any portion of the program which they have not yet attended. The $250 deposit will not be refunded.
- No refunds will be given for groups, workshops, trainings or supervision which participants have already attended. Refunds will not be issued for any monthly payments already made for the current month.
- For example, a participant pays the early bird fee of $1400 tuition plus $250 nonrefundable deposit totaling $1650, and they withdraw after 3 months. The participant will be given a refund of 70% of the $1400 tuition, which would be $980.
- A participant choosing the monthly payment option who wishes to withdraw would simply give two weeks written notice that they are withdrawing. No refund would be made, and no further payments would be made as long as notice was given two weeks before the next monthly payment was due.
- A participant choosing the monthly payment option who is asked to leave the program would not be billed for future months, and would not be refunded for the current month they are attending, or for any previous months or deposit amounts.