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HICAT Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course accredited?

Short answer: Yes!  Industry recognition and approval is essential for holistic therapist training courses.

Long answer:  There is a wide range of holistic and complementary therapy modalities that do not fit into the Government Training Frameworks in most countries. These include Yoga, Holistic Counselling, Empowerment Coaching, Meditation Teaching,  Art Therapy and Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapies, just to name a few. There is a misconception that these modalities are unregulated, but they are, in fact, industry-regulated or self-regulated. 

Courses for modalities that are industry-regulated instead of government-regulated do not provide a nationally recognized/government-accredited qualification. These courses provide graduates with an internationally approved and industry-recognized qualification, which meets the requirements to practice as a therapist under these modalities, join industry associations and get professional indemnity and liability insurance.

There are two types of associations.

Modality-based Associations are usually owned by the same people who own training colleges within that industry.  Or they require members to complete ongoing training through colleges they own or have a financial partnership with. They only focus on that particular modality and they often only accept membership from graduates of their own training courses. There is nothing essentially wrong with that. Provided there is plenty of transparency, value, and support for members and the course you are going to study is not ONLY accredited with a modality-based association. If it is, it could mean the college has simply started an association to provide accreditation for their own course. Many modality-based associations only approve of a specific style, technique, tradition, or lineage of that therapy. Some modality-based associations give the strong impression that you must be registered with them in order to practice as a therapist. This is untrue and very concerning in a self-regulated industry. 

Industry-based Associations are not owned by the same people who own the training colleges. They are separate, not associated with the colleges, and are non-biased. Their purpose is to protect the end-user and maintain the integrity of holistic and complementary therapies. 

They may offer training courses and professional development training, but there is no requirement for members to participate. They accept members from a very wide variety of different therapeutic modalities. They are not concerned with specific styles, techniques, traditions, or lineages. They are concerned with the quality, educational content, course outcomes, scope of information, where that information originated, and the integrity of the course provider. They have a rigorous process that course providers must adhere to before they provide approval for any training courses.


Our courses are recognised with The International Institute of Complementary Therapists, The International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine, The Complementary Medical Association and The International Association of Therapists. All have excellent global reputations and rigorous screening processes.

We are very proud to have their stamps of approval. Our graduates can join the IICT, IAOTH, IPHM, and the CMA and get professional practitioner insurance. 

Mind Body Education courses are all evidence-based and incorporate a wide variety of techniques and styles.

Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist (HICAT) graduates are able to join the HICAT Association  (this is a newly established modality association to support HICAT practitioners - It's free and provides ongoing support and networking owned by Mind Body Education). In the UK and globally you may use the title Creative Arts Facilitator or Creative Therapist. 


Members of all of the above associations can be listed on practitioner directories on all of these associations' websites to help drive potential clients directly to you, the qualified and industry-approved practitioner.

No matter where you decide to enrol, we recommend you only choose training courses with industry accreditation. You may not be able to obtain insurance or practice legally if you do not. 

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Arts Therapists in the UK must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the statutory regulator of the profession. The Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Practitioner Training course is not an HCPC approved programme and completing the course will not lead to participants being able to register as an Arts Therapist or to provide art therapy.

What is the course structure?

Each of your modules 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.  In person students will participate in all retreat style weekends and spend around 5 hours per week studying May to December 2024.  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 coursework submission forms. This is not difficult, and we can assist you to learn how to do this if you need us to.


Our online students, Assessors and Tutors are physically located in different places, but we are still able to enjoy a strong sense of community.  The magic is real as we come together for our in person weekends!


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 tutors.


There is a Zoom call with your Tutor or Assessor every week where you can ask questions and get support in real time.


You do not have to participate in the real time workshops if you can’t or do not want to and you can watch them later at any time. You can also get support from your tutor and ask questions via email or telephone whenever you need to.

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What topics are covered in this course?
  • Art Therapy (paint, watercolour pencils, charcoal & oil pastels)

  • Tactile Therapy (sculpture, clay, construction, Sand play & 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

What materials and equipment do I
need to complete the course?
  • You will need to be able to read and write in English

  • Access to a computer with internet connection

  • Email access

  • Be able to open and read PDF’s (we can help you with this)

  • A moderate level of computer literacy (send emails, internet, upload documents and photos)

  • Ability to take photos and videos (your phone is perfect for this)

  • Ability to watch and listen to videos on YouTube

  • You will be provided with a materials list that will cost no more than £150. This will include all the art materials and resources you will need throughout your course. You do not have to purchase all the items at once

  • Time management skills - You need to set aside study time each week to complete your course

Will I be able to get support when I need it?


  • You will be able to contact your tutor directly via email

  • You can make appointments to have your tutor telephone you

  • Our exclusive students Facebook page is active and you will be able to connect with your tutor and other students

  • You will be able to join our weekly Zoom meetings to ask questions and get support or, if you can’t attend, you can watch the recording later

  • You will also be assigned a “Study Buddy”. You can connect with your Study Buddy to give and receive support, practise counselling and coaching skills and do activities that require a partner

  • You will continue to be supported upon graduation via our Facebook community, ongoing Zoom calls and memberships with the Mind Body Education HICAT Association and Mind Body Education Practitioner Support Network

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How much does the course cost?

We offer 3 ways of investing in your online HICAT Practitioner Training

In full

Investment complete

3 month plan

The first month’s fee must be paid on enrolment and then by the last working day of each month following the start of your course.

10 month plan

The first month’s fee must be paid on enrolment and then by the last working day of each month following the start of your course.


 via x3 monthly instalments

£1,440 in full


via x10 monthly instalments

£1,550 in full


to invest in full on enrolment

We are able to offer online part-scholarships for a few students who may require financial assistance. 

An application process applies.  Please apply here.

We offer 2 ways of investing in your in person HICAT Practitioner Training

In full


to invest in full on enrolment


Investment complete

8 month plan


 via x8 monthly instalments

£3,500 in full

The first month’s fee must be paid on enrolment and then by the last working day of each month following the start of your course.

In full and 8 month in person investment options include:

  • HICAT online course platform access for study and submissions

  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday night for the 7 weekends of the course

  • Tea, Coffee, refreshments all weekend for the 7 weekends of the course

If you would like to include on-site accomodation in your course investment you will find further details here

Can I apply for a Student Discount card when I enrol on this course?


As you enrol in our HICAT Practitioner Training Course through us you are eligible to apply for a TOTUM PRO (formerly NUS Extra – National Union of Students) Student Discount card.


Please know that Devine-Creative does not benefit from promoting TOTUM, but we think if there are savings to be had you ought to know about them! 

TOTUM PRO is a closed-group membership for learners and professional bodies, designed with the 25+ age group in mind offering access to discounts from 350+ high-street and online brands.

We'll send you all the information you need upon enrolment or you can find out more now by clicking the TOTUM logo below

When does the next course start?

We are enrolling for online courses commencing on Monday 15th April 2024 and Monday 3rd June 2024

We also have online courses planned to commence in September and November 2024 you may ask to join the waiting list for these courses and will be advised when enrolments open...

Our in person training takes place in Leicester from May to December 2024 - more details can be found here


If we can be of any further support or assistance please contact us

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