Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy

  • Internationally industry approved training. 
  • Study online with high support.
  • 10 hours home study per week (200 hours total).
  •  12-month course with 12 weeks of study breaks (no school holiday classes).
  • Recognised certification: Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist Graduates can use the letters: Dip.HICAT(MBEd).

Change Your Career 

"It's not just a course - it will change your life!"
Jacqui  (HICAT Graduate 2019) 

Add a Powerful
New Modality to
Your Skill Set

"I have been working as a professional in the wellbeing field for more than 30 years. Doing this course updated my skills, expanded my toolbox and gave me the confidence to incorporate creative therapies into my practice."
Jill ( HICAT Graduate 2020) 

Create the Lifestyle You Deserve

"It's a year since I started my business and I am loving every moment! I am now running three workshops each week (all full!) and getting to work with some truly beautiful people. I am so grateful I found HICAT." 

Anna (HICAT Graduate 2019) 

The Diploma in Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy 

A heart-centred career in a fast-growing industry...that can change your life.

Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being for individuals of all ages. 

At Mind Body Education, we provide high support, super interactive, hands-on, online training for students from all over the world. 

If you are looking for a user friendly, industry recognised course you can study at times that work for you, completely online, you are in the right place!

Next online course commencement dates.

19th May 2021 (enrolling now) 

6th July 2021 (enrolling now)

On-campus training.

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Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapies can be used in a wide variety of settings and with an assortment of different clients. If you want to work with children, or already do, HICAT will provide you with highly effective skills which are valued by parents and teachers. It helps children express and process emotions, manage stress, self-regulate, develop confidence and the ability to focus and concentrate. HICAT is also extremely beneficial to children on the autism spectrum and their families.
Aged care is another area where Holistic Integrated Creative Art Therapies makes a powerful impact. Regular participation in arts therapies can completely change the quality of life for many older people and assist in treating social issues like loneliness and loss of purpose through to conditions like dementia and hypertension.
Holistic Integrated Creative Art Therapists are in high demand in the corporate arena where they can contribute to positive work environments, less workplace stress and reduced workplace bullying. HICAT also helps to stimulate creativity and awaken leadership skills. This improves productivity and profitability making it a popular team building program for smart corporate managers.
Who should do this course?

Suitable for all ages over 18 years, including mature age students.
No previous experience or qualifications required.
Start a new career as a qualified Holistic Therapist, or add a new dimension to your existing career. No artistic ability is necessary.

This course will connect you with the best part of yourself

View and download the HICAT course prospectus 

Course Fees 

Fees are provided in Australian Dollars 

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Full fee paid on enrolment 

Total fee $2,000
(plus GST = $2,200

International students residing outside of Australia do not need to pay GST. 

Payment plan

Paid per month
Total fee $2,500
(plus GST = $2,750).

 $250 on enrolment and $250 per month for ten months. This amount includes GST.

International students residing outside of Australia do not need to pay GST. 

Financial hardship

If you are experiencing financial hardship, we may be able to assist you through our part-scholarship program. This program will enable you to enrol in the HICAT course for 50% less than the normal course fee, saving $1,100.
If your application to receive a part-scholarship is successful, the total fee will be $1,100 (including GST) and must be paid in full on enrolment. The only additional costs will be your arts and crafts materials - around $200 over the course on the year. If you are able to pay the $1,100 fee balance and feel you would be unable to enrol in this course without the assistance of the part-scholarship, you are welcome to apply.

Course Outcomes

Graduates receive the MBEd Diploma in Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy and can use the letters Dip.HICAT(MBEd) after their names.

Graduates can also join the International Institute of Complementary Therapists, the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine and the Complementary Medical Association and get professional insurance.

You will also be provided with a full year of free membership to the Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapists Association and the International Meditation Teachers and Therapists Association.

You will graduate with the skills, knowledge and confidence required to set up your own Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Practice; run workshops, work with groups and see individual clients, in either general practice or specialising in specific areas of interest, if you wish.

You may also be able to seek employment within some organisations who value holistic and complementary therapies. This is a professional, practical training course where you will explore a wide range of creative arts while learning the essentials of working as a Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist, in a safe, extremely supportive and fun-filled environment, with a highly experienced holistic therapist trainer.

All information is evidence-based and will prepare you for a professional career.

This course is also suitable for personal development. (MBEd) Diploma of Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy is the use of art, music, drama, dance/movement, poetry/creative writing, play, storytelling and sand play within the context of therapy, counselling, rehabilitation, and holistic healing.

HICAT enhances physical, mental and emotional functioning and well-being. Holistic therapists work with the whole person and assist people in becoming self-empowered through supporting them on a journey of self-exploration and personal growth, incorporating the body, mind, emotions and spirit.

This course connects clinical research with ancient traditional wisdom; developing the mind, expanding creativity, building confidence and self-awareness, realigning the body’s cells, reconnecting with the essence of joy and awakening the spirit.

If helping people rediscover their innate creativity and playfulness while developing skills to overcome physical, mental and emotional hurdles and live happier healthier lives, is how you would like to make your living, this course is for you!

Course Structure

 This course combines a multitude of exciting and inspiring creative modalities.

Each of your classes will be divided into theory and practice sessions. 

A great deal of time will be spent exploring and participating in the creative arts and a wide variety of meditation styles, including movement meditation, mantra meditation, chakra meditation, guided creative visualisation, mindfulness and Zen meditation.

Online students will spend around 10 hours per week studying for one year. Studies will include reading, watching videos, completing art projects, writing essays and answering quizzes. 

There are some fieldwork components where you will need to involve a friend or family member or visit a professional practice, business or centre but we will guide and assist you with this. 

 You will need to be able to take photos and videos and upload them onto your course work submission forms. This is not difficult, and we can assist you to learn how to do this if you need us to. 

Practical topics covered in this course include: Art Therapy (paint, watercolour pencils, charcoal & oil pastels)
Tactile Therapy (sculpture, clay, construction, Sandplay & environmental art-making)
Music, Tribal Rhythms, Medicine Drums & Sound Therapy
Dance & Movement Therapy
Role Play, Storytelling, creative writing & Drama Therapy

Theory topics covered in this course include: The cause & effects of stress - The mind/body connection - Physiology of the brain Left brain/right brain - Unconscious beliefs and mental patterns Exploring emotions History of art therapy Creative therapies & health Why creative art therapies are effective Creative art therapies as emotional healing Creative art therapies for recovery & rehabilitation Art & developing intuition Drawing from within Colour & emotions Sound, vibration & the bodies cells The creative process Art appreciation Interpretation & diagnosis Compassion & non-judgment Learning Styles Personality types Managing groups Supporting clients Working with PTSD Working with anxiety disorders Working with grief & loss Working with children Working with depression Working in medical settings Developing community arts projects Meditation for every day Meditation in action through art Meditation with music and movement Gratitude & art journaling Holistic counselling skills for creative arts therapists Networking & referring Ethics, safety & professionalism Setting up your own practice Creating a specialised practice Resources, materials & equipment Marketing for creative arts therapists Legalities, insurance and joining associations

Do you have more questions? 

Is this course accredited?

What is the course structure?

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What materials and equipment do I need to complete the course?

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Internationally Industry Recognised

This course is recognised in 27 countries:
Oceania: Australia &  New Zealand
UK and Europe: United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Latvia, Sweden, Channel Islands, Norway, Estonia, Austria, Malta, Isle of Man, Netherlands
South Africa (covered under the EU/UK insurer)
United States
  • Completely online with high support
  • Evidence-based, heart-centred & industry approved
  • Free membership to the HICAT Association
  • First-year free membership to the IMTTA 
"This (HICAT) journey  has helped me:
-Heal a broken heart
-Understand my self so much better
 -Change my negative belief systems
 -Understand the power of the mind
 -Change some non-serving, behaviours
 -Explore my creativity further
 -Love me for who I am
 - Connect with others through shared experiences
-Connect to my spirituality more deeply
The list could go on and on!
After 2 years of immersing myself into HICAT, my passion only grows stronger and stronger to share this education with as many people who wish to achieve their own goals, heal their own hearts and make a business of their own doing what they love."
Graduate, Teacher and successful Practitioner 

The College of Conscious Living 

I am looking over the feedback (from my HICAT clients and students) and reviews for the past year and it is making my heart expand." 
Graduate, Teacher and successful Practitioner 

Lantern Holistics 
"HICAT has definitely been the most rewarding soul filling adventure.

Forever Grateful to MBE, Isabelle and Kerry for being the most amazing, inspiring mentors and for creating these amazing courses that honestly, change lives."
Graduate, Teacher and successful Practitioner 

The Soul-Full Mind College

Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy (HICAT) is not the same as Art Therapy.

In Australia and many other countries, HICAT graduates can use the title HICAT practitioner, Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Practitioner Creative Arts Facilitator or Creative Therapist. If you live outside of Australia or New Zealand you may use the title Creative Arts Facilitator or Creative Therapist. 

 Art Therapists in the UK must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the statutory regulator of the profession. 'Diploma in Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy' course is not an HCPC approved programme and completing the course will not lead to graduates being able to register as an Art Therapist or to provide  Art Therapy in the United Kingdom. 

Graduates of the HICAT Course are not Art Therapist, they are Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy (HICAT) practitioners. 

The ArtS refers to the theory, human application and physical expression of creativity found in human cultures and societies through skills and imagination in order to produce objects, environments and experiences. Major constituents of the arts include visual arts (including architecture, ceramics, drawing, filmmaking, painting, photography, and sculpting), literary arts (including fiction, drama, poetry, and prose), performing arts (including dance, music, and theatre), and culinary arts (including cooking, chocolate making and winemaking).
– So says Wikipedia

 We at MBE feel it is extremely dangerous when people, associations or groups want to own words…like Art.
 HICAT Therapists are not ART therapists. Just like chiropractors are not dentists.

 HICAT is a modality that uses a wide range of creative ArtS which enable people to connect with the creator inside themselves.
 HICAT is empowering and does not require an 'expert' to interpret the finished piece or monitor the creative process in any way.
All that is needed is an open heart that can hold a safe space to share beautiful, gentle, creative tools.

 HICAT graduates should not advertise themselves as an Art Therapist - Some people in that industry own the words and they get very upset when other healers use those words.

 In fact, we believe HICAT is much more than art therapy - it is Holistic (treats the whole person) and Integrated (it combines and incorporates many types of artistic modalities) and it is Creative (bringing out and connecting with the creator who can no longer feel like a victim) and it is the ArtS ( the artSSSSS, not Art - it's just not the same word :-) ) and it is a beautiful gentle Therapy (therapy seeks to provide healing through action).

 AS a HICAT Practitioner you can register with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and the Complemantary Medical Association, and get professional insurance to practice in the following 27 countries: Oceania: Australia & New Zealand UK and Europe: United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Latvia, Sweden, Channel Islands, Norway, Estonia, Malta, Isle of Man, Netherlands South Africa (covered under the EU/UK insurer) United States, Canada.
  It is most certainly legal for HICAT graduates to practice as HICAT Practitioners in all of the above countries.

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