Moscow University of Psychology and Pedagogics Department of Psychological Consultation. A 2 year Continuing Education Program for Psychologists and Psychotherapists

Expressive Arts Therapy

(Intermodal approach)

Our program at the Moscow State Pedagogical University "Intermodal Therapy of Arts" and the European Graduate School (Switzerland) signed an official cooperation agreement, according to which the 

graduates of the program can continue their studies in Switzerland on preferential terms. Our program is a module provider of the European Graduate School Master's program in Expressive arts therapy. The conclusion o

f the contract was made possible by the dean of the master's program of Margot Knill and the head of the Moscow program Sidorova Varvara Vladimirovna.

EGS / The European Graduate School

Arts, Health and Society Division

Alter Kehr 20, CH-3953 Leuk Stadt 

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy is a direction in psychotherapy and psychological correction that includes different creative arts approaches and disciplines, such as art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, dance and movement therapy, etc.

How does it work?

The main premise of Expressive Arts Therapy is that the creative process as a whole - including the creation of an art piece (a drawing, a dance or a musical composition), the artist's experience, and the final product - reflects and transforms the individual's development, strength, problems, and the way he/she relates to the world. The art is also used as a form of communication and as a symbolic language giving external form to the internal content. Using arts as a form of therapy suggests that the natural creative process can resolve emotional conflicts and reinforce self-awareness and personal growth.


Where can it be applied?

  • - Child and family therapy
  • - With clients with emotional disorders, developmental crises, trauma and PTSD
  • - With HIV-positive clients
  • - In institutions for orphans and in special schools,
  • - With children with special needs and their parents
  • - With patients in clinics;
  • - With organizations, in order to improve the communication inside the group,
  • - In problem solving, art coaching etc.,
  • - With victims of catastrophes (earthquakes, conflagrations, inundations) and terrorist acts.

Entrance Examinations

Entrance Examinations include:

An examination established by the Moscow City University of Psychology and Pedagogies

  • By the beginning of the program every student must pass the course “Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy” (May and September)
  • Personal Interview with every candidate
  • Portfolio (personal paintings, graphic works, literary works , videotapes of performances or movement improvisation, etc.)
  • Personal essay describing your reasons for wanting to participate in the program.

  The training takes place on weekends once or twice a month in form of lectures and practical seminars, and includes individual work with every participant of the program.

At the end of the training students will receive:
a certificate of advanced qualification in the application of Expressive Arts Therapy methods in psychological counseling and psycho correction.

Program details

Program Overview: /504 hours /

  • Gives basic knowledge about the development of contemporary Expressive Arts Therapy;
  • Explores how different creative approaches to psychotherapy (art therapy, dance and movement therapy; drama therapy, music therapy, etc.) can co-exist and complement each other in the same therapeutic space;
  • Introduces the ways of applying these methods in psychological counseling and psycho- correction

Program Details

  • The art disciplines (dance improvisation, working with clay and collage, photo and video-art) are taught in “Art Studio” format and permit students and specialists to improve their artistic skills and develop their creative abilities.
  • Special part of the program is dedicated to the application of contemporary art modalities (such as performance, video and installation) in Expressive Arts therapy.
  • During second year students are participating in internship work on several setting.
  • During second year students have individual and group supervision.
  • During all process of studies students have to received at least 60 Hours personal therapy in the field of EXAT (we are providing list of therapist, using arts and EXAT approach in they work)
  • During all process student will  have work in intervision  group.
  • Education in small group 12-15 students.


Course descriptions:

1. Introduction to art-therapy - this course gives an overview of the main directions and forms of contemporary Art Therapy, and the theories upon which it is based . As well, it offers an introduction to techniques and methods of the approach which can be used in individual and group therapy.

2. Introduction to Dance and Movement therapy – includes information about the main principles, methods and techniques of the work and about the possibilities of psychotherapeutic use of movement/dance in individual and in group therapy involving different themes.

3. Performance and Installations in Art Therapybasic conceptions and personal experience in using new forms of contemporary art (performance, installations, body-art) in EXAT and psychotherapy.

4. Art Therapy With Children – the basic ideas of applying art-therapeutic methods in the field of child and family therapy, and the concrete skills of the most commonly evolved themes in the child-parent consultations.

5. Introduction to Intermodal Approach – an experience of applying two art modalities (clay and dance/movement) at the same time in individual therapy or in group sessions.

6. Foundations of Dance Improvisation – foundations of improvised movement and dance, development of sensation skills, knowledge of the body and its movement abilities.

7. Techniques of Using the Art Materials – widening of creative abilities and acquisition of new skills in work with art materials (paper, pastels, watercolors, clay, collage, etc.).

8. Photo and Video Art – creation of installations and learning to apply the acquired knowledge in therapy .

9. Didactical Psychotherapy (Core group)

Program Instructors:
Russian and foreign specialists in art therapy, dance and movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy.

All program instructors are practicing psychotherapists and artists who present their work to the public on stages and in art galleries in Russia and in other countries through performances, personal art exhibitions, music and dance projects.

1. Morozova Elizaveta Alexeevna – practicing psychologist, psychotherapist, PhD in psychology, researcher of the psychology of contemporary art. Graduated with honors from the Lenin Moscow State University of Pedagogies (1995) and from CF SPATI “Interstudio” (a branch of the St. Petersburg Institute of Culture, 2000). Elizaveta has a certificate from the Institute for Psychodrama (Cologne, Germany, 1996), is an author of articles in art therapy and psychodrama, and an artist and creator in the field of performance-art and installations.

2. Smirnova Svetlana Sergeevna - practicing psychologist, graduate of the Lenin Moscow State University of Pedagogigs, psycho dramatist, art-synthesis-therapist and a practicing psychologist.

3. Sidorova Varvara Vladimirovna – Program Director, practicing psychologist, teacher of psychology, PhD in psychology, art-therapist (ArtsEase International Institute Derby, England, 2 nd level of skills in the direction of «Integrative Arts-therapeutic Practice»), a member of professional-creative union of artists and graphic artists.

  International Faculty : Kit Loring (UK ), Sally Brucker( USA), Margot Knill (Switzerland), Paolo Knill (Switzerland)  etc.


  The Program accepts applicants with a psychological educational background. Personal experience with any art modality (art, theatre, music, dance, photography, video, writing, etc.) is highly desirable.

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