I am trying to decide whether the distance or campus format would be a better fit. What should I take into consideration?
Students who choose the distance option are usually established in their community and family in ways that make it a challenge to come to the KATI campus for two years.
The distance cohort is intended primarily for students who are established in their communities, perhaps already working in a professional capacity, and who are comfortable taking the initiative to create clinical placements for themselves with some guidance and support from KATI. It is also best that distance students remain in a single community during their studies so that the student’s clinical placement clients can benefit from the resulting stability.
For students who do fit the description above, the distance cohort has great benefit; many are well-placed to begin their art therapy career as they develop relationships through their placements. For communities that are unfamiliar with art therapy, the creation of clinical placements can help demonstrate the benefits of art therapy without any (or very little) initial cost to the clients or agencies.
In contrast, campus students benefit from the well-established nature of KATI in the community of Nelson. Campus students have a diverse range of pre-established clinical placements to choose from. Because of this, it is often easier for campus students to complete the 350 hours of direct client contact needed for graduation. This is one reason the campus program is only two years (with the option of a third year if needed).
Please feel free to call KATI about making your choice, 250-352-2264.
We also offer Online Information Sessions where you can meet and ask questions with KATI faculty and staff.