HICAT Diploma

Join a creative career with holistic education and conscious community.

Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy (HICAT) is a holistic wellness profession that uses the creative process and art-making to improve health and enhance life satisfaction. It uses therapeutic creative arts, the mind-body connection, practical neuroscience & psychology to help people change from the inside out.

Diploma of Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy is the use of visual arts, tactile arts, music, dance, writing, storytelling, play, and drama within the context of holistic wellness, therapy, rehabilitation, and healing. This course connects with modern science and ancient wisdom to support your natural healing abilities and holistic counselling skills. All information is evidence-based and will prepare you for a professional career.

At COHA, we provide high support, interactive training for students from all over the world. This diploma offers a user friendly, industry recognised course you can study at times that work for you. You may study completely online, or you may choose to join face to face classes in New Zealand. Inquire with us to find classes in your region.

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If you are interested in the course please complete the entry questionnaire.

If you have completed the entry questionnaire and are ready to enrol, please complete the enrolment form and select your payment plan. You will get access to the online course platform once payment is received.

Course Information

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

Creative Arts Therapy helps people rediscover their innate creativity and playfulness, while developing skills to overcome physical, mental and emotional hurdles. It connects modern science with ancient wisdom to help us live happier, healthier lives.

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, supportive and fun-filled environment.

Course Curriculum

The course contains 20 modules to develop your skills as a Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist.

Duration: Six month part time (20+ hrs study per week), One year part time (10+ hours study per week)

Students will aim to to complete the course within one year, and are advised to complete one module every fortnight, which requires a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Therapeutic Creative Arts Included in HICAT Diploma

Visual Arts Therapy

Paint, watercolour, colouring pencils, charcoal, and oil pastels

Tactile Therapy

Sand play, clay, sculpture and environmental arts

Sound Therapy

Music, tribal rhythms, medicine drums, and meditation

Dance Therapy

Free body movement, elemental movement meditation

Journaling & Writing

Gratitude journaling, poetry, creative writing and reframing experiences

Drama Therapy

Storytelling, aspecting and roleplay

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Theoretical Topics Covered

  • 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

Essential Information

  • The HICAT Diploma is suitable for all ages over 18 years, including mature age students.
  • No previous experience or qualifications are required. 
  • No artistic ability is necessary.
  • As an online course, a moderate level of computer literacy is required.
  • Internationally industry accredited training.
  • Study online with high support.
  • Requires a minimum of 10 hours home study per week
  • Students will complete 20 course modules – One module per fortnight over one year

Online Course Platform

Each of your classes will be divided into theory and practice sessions. Studies will include reading, watching videos, completing art projects, writing essays and answering quizzes.

You will spend time exploring and participating in creative arts and a wide variety of meditation styles – including movement meditation, mantra meditation, chakra meditation, guided creative visualisation, mindfulness and zen meditation.

There are some fieldwork components where you will need to involve a friend or family member or visit a professional practice, business or centre.

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.

Virtual Classroom

Our students and teachers are physically located in different places all over the world,  but we are still able to enjoy a strong sense of community. There is a virtual classroom located on Facebook which is only for students enrolled in this course, where you will receive contact and connection with your classmates and information and guidance from your teachers. You can also get support from your teacher and ask questions via email or telephone whenever you need to.

Course Outcomes

Become a Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist

Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapists enhance health, happiness, and evolution by working with the whole person and supporting them on a journey of self-exploration and personal growth. It covers many aspects of conscious living to support a creative and embodied way of life. Creativity naturally develops the mind-body, building self-awareness and confidence, and reconnecting with the essence of joy.

You will graduate with the skills and knowledge required to set up your own Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy practice; facilitate creative arts workshops, work with groups and see individual clients. You may like to specialise in specific areas of interest or have a general arts practice.

Start a new career as a qualified Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist, or add a new dimension to your existing career.

You may 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, supportive and fun-filled environment.

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.

Creative Art Therapies can be used in a wide variety of settings and with an assortment of different clients.

Work in the Corporate Workplace

Holistic Integrated Creative Art Therapists are in high demand in the corporate workplace where they can contribute to positive work environments, team building, and reduced workplace stress. HICAT also helps to stimulate creativity, improve mindset and awaken leadership skills.

Work with Children

Art therapies help children to self-regulate their emotions, and engage in healthy behaviors by providing a supportive, non-judgmental space to explore their feelings. HICAT will provide you with highly effective skills to work with children. Art therapies are valued by parents and teachers as it helps children express and process emotions, develop confidence and the ability to focus. HICAT is also very beneficial to children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Work with Aged Care
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.

Work with PTSD

HICAT can support clients working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as it aids in the safe expression of distressing memories. You will also be able to help clients working with anxiety disorders, grief, and depression.

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


Our courses are recognized with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists, the Holistic Healers Association International , the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine and the Complementary Medical Association. All have excellent global reputations and rigorous screening processes. We are very proud to have their stamps of approval.

They 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.

Our graduates can join the IICT, HHAI and the CMA, and get professional practitioner insurance, in 26 countries around the world.

Energy Medicine 8 Ltd – NZ registered company – we provide high support, super interactive, hands-on, online training for students from New Zealand, Australia and all over the world.  If you are looking for a user friendly, industry accredited course you can study at times that work for you, completely online, you are in the right place!

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Industry Approved World Wide

Fully Trained and Licensed Training Providers 

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Course Details

Course Description
Diploma of Holistic Integrated Creative Art Therapy

One year part-time ( 10+ hours study per week)
Six month part-time  (20+ hours study per week)

$2,300 (incl. GST)
$250 course related costs (approximate).

Fields of Employment
Holistic Health & Healing
Creative Therapy
Creative Arts Facilitation
Holistic Counselling
Corporate Workplace
Self Employment
Child care
Aged care
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“I enrolled in this course for my own self exploration. It has helped me so much in understanding and dealing with everyday life and events. It has also brought a bit of magic back into my life. All evidence based so even the biggest sceptic such as myself is satisfied. It is fun and every week I look forward to meeting with an amazing group of people.”
– Paula

“The journey (through this course) has been a pleasant one as the information is there to revise in a simple and effective manner. If I was to measure my growth both professionally and personally during the last 12 months it has been an uphill curve and I feel that my development will serve not only myself, my family and friends but part of the community that surrounds me.”
– Marla

“This has been a wonderful course which I use often to enhance counselling clients preferring to treat people holistically. I have learned more than I expected and it far exceeded my expectations. I recently opened my own counselling business and am excited about adding holistic ideals and Meditation to my practice.”
– Annie Shelly

“Many blessings for the opportunity to attend your course I received my motivation back and my “mojo” to believe in myself again Blessings to you all.”
– Heather

“I found the course to be very thorough and the tutors to be very helpful and easy to contact. This course gives you many options for your future both professionally and personally.”
– Vicki R

“I have studied Counselling through a government accredited provider and as much as I thoroughly enjoyed the content, I felt that it lacked what your course offered. Tools, homework, business set-up ideas, marketing, research, fee structure, connection and ongoing support. I must commend you on not only providing practical information that is going to help one embark as a successful Teacher, but you also gave the other tools to help people embark on this journey feeling confident that they not only have the skills to work in this area, but they have the ethics and understanding of good customer service and professionalism as well.”
– Renae