If you’re curious about expressive arts either to enhance your personal career or for your own personal growth, you’ve come to the right place. PCEA was founded by Dr. Natalie Rogers and is based on her father Carl Rogers’ person-centered approach and her Creative Connection process. For over 30 years, Natalie Rogers and the people she trained have been doing this healing, creative, and transformational work around the world. Learn about the expressive arts process.
Please contact Dr. Sue Ann Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about our program.
“When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner...' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” Carl Rogers, Ph.D.
Participants from around the world come to the program for many reasons—to use the expressive arts in counseling, teaching, nursing, mediation, social change, and group facilitation, and/or to awaken personal growth and creativity. The program is also ideal for people who are at a crossroads, those wanting to connect with their own authenticity and work through issues using expressive arts methods in a safe and non-judgmental setting.
No art experience is required, just an open mind and the desire to explore the magic of the expressive arts!
To learn more, please visit our certificate program details page or email Dr. Sue Ann Herron, our Executive Director. She will be happy to arrange a phone, Zoom, or Skype session to discuss whether the program is right for you and to answer any questions you may have.
Heartfelt Experience of a 2024 PCEAT Graduate in her own Words:
"The experience I had in the PCEAT course was definitely an amazing experience as a therapist and for a person looking for growth and healing. I was diagnosed with Grade 4 Brain Cancer, didn’t think I could manage the course but the director, Sue Ann encouraged my participation and I got to meet the most wonderful human beings who are friends for life.
They became my support during my healing journey. As a neuro divergent person post craniotomy & treatments. Learning expressive arts helped me to express myself beyond words. During the course, I was rebuilding my understanding of the world internal and external. Being in a gentle space cultivated by the course outline and Natalie Roger’s work guided our cohort to connect and learn together deeply in the trenches of vulnerability and fragility of experiencing our transformations from break hearts to whole hearts and again through the process of opening and closing.
I could write for ages on how this course has changed my life. I could firmly say without this course I wouldn’t be alive and living fearlessly. Meeting my cohort members and being in this course felt like a Divine gift for a person who was only looking for a certificate in Art therapy. I’ll always remember and cherish this learning and it is in all the moments of my life, in how I see the world inside of myself and outside all around me."
The United States and Hong Kong
Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy Training
The Person-Centered Expressive Arts Institute offers a PCEAT Certificate training program. This experiential training is unique because it combines the person-centered theory, practice and philosophy of Carl Rogers with the expressive arts: Movement, Sound, Visual Art, Writing, and Drama. On completion students will receive a certificate from the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Institute. Our next program begins in 2024.
Person-Centered Expressive Arts practitioners can be therapists, social workers, educators, creativity coaches, consultants, pastoral counselors, nurses or individuals working in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Enrollment for our next certificate program which begins in August 2024 is now open. Learn about this transformative program.
The program is held at the beautiful Westerbeke Ranch Retreat in the hills of Sonoma, California, in the heart of the Wine Country. You will love the rural “Ranch” flavor of this nature retreat. Built in the 1930’s, it nestles amid stately oaks, surrounded by rolling grass hills and vineyards in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon.
“It is difficult to convey in words the depth and power of the expressive arts process. Really, you must taste it to understand it.”
Natalie Rogers, Ph.D., REAT