Art Therapy and Counseling

Major: Art Therapy and Counseling
Degree Awarded: Master of Arts (MA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 90.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2301
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1129

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program educates students for creative, responsive and effective therapy practice, in which art making is the essential mode of transformation. Through a balance of classroom education and clinically supervised practicum and internship experiences, students develop a strong foundation for skilled clinical practice. The 90.0 quarter-credit curriculum includes specific art therapy coursework in areas such as assessment and treatment planning for children, adolescents, adults, older adults and families; trauma approaches; creativity, symbol and metaphor; digital media use; mindfulness, and addictions and recovery. Students also take classes in general mental health counseling topics including human development; psychopathology; social and cultural foundations; clinical appraisal and assessment, and group dynamics. Graduates are eligible for the ATR-Provisional, ATR, and ATR-BC credentials, as well as professional counseling licensure in Pennsylvania (upon completion of post-graduation requirements).

Art therapy uses the creative process of making art to help improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Art therapy and counseling can help clients explore their behaviors, thoughts and feelings, reconcile conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage coping with addictions, develop social skills, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem to build on strengths. Upon graduation, students from Drexel’s MA in Art Therapy and Counseling go on to work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to, medical and psychiatric hospitals, in-patient and out-patient behavioral health and recovery programs, community health and wellness centers, schools and after-school programs, trauma-informed settings, correctional facilities and halfway houses, elder care facilities, and private practices. Students also pioneer new frontiers in therapy application through their clinical work and research. 

For additional information about the program, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions Art Therapy and Counseling website.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
CATX 501Foundations of the Creative Arts Therapies3.0
CTCN 501Human Psychological Development 4.5
CTCN 503DSM and Psychopathology4.5
CTCN 504Professional Orientation and Ethics4.5
CTCN 505Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy4.5
CTCN 506Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Art Therapy4.5
CTCN 601Introduction to Behavioral Research4.5
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
CTCN 604Career Counseling4.5
CTCN 606Group Dynamics in Counseling and Art Therapy4.5
Art Therapy Track Courses
CATX 531Adults & Older Adults Assessment & Treatment Planning3.0
CATX 532Trauma Approaches in Art Therapy3.0
CATX 533Child & Adolescent Assessment & Treatment Planning3.0
CATX 534Family Assessment and Treatment Planning3.0
CATX 535Creativity, Symbolism, and Metaphor in Art Therapy and Counseling3.0
CATX 536Studio Art for Art Therapists1.5
CATX 537Art Therapy Group Supervision I1.0
CATX 538Art Therapy Group Supervision II1.0
CATX 539Art Therapy Group Supervision III1.0
CATX 631Media, Materials and Process in Art Therapy3.0
CATX 637Advanced Art Therapy Group Supervision I1.0
CATX 638Advanced Art Therapy Group Supervision II1.0
CATX 639Advanced Art Therapy Group Supervision III1.0
CATX 645Professional Identity & Contemporary Practices3.0
Art Therapy Electives3.0
Select one of the following:
Addictions and Recovery Art Therapy Approaches
Digital Media Use in Art Therapy and Counseling
Mindfulness in Clinical Practice
Clinical Education Courses
CTCN 510Clinical Practicum I2.0
CTCN 520Clinical Practicum II2.0
CTCN 530Clinical Practicum III2.0
CTCN 610Clinical Internship I2.0
CTCN 620Clinical Internship II2.0
CTCN 630Clinical Internship III2.0
Culminating Project
Complete a total of 3 credits3.0
Culminating Project in Art Therapy I
Culminating Project in Art Therapy II
Additional Electives
For Culminating Project Only
Independent Study in Creative Arts Therapy
Total Credits90.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CATX 5323.0CATX 5313.0CATX 5353.0CATX 5013.0
CATX 5333.0CATX 5343.0CATX 5361.5CTCN 5044.5
CATX 5371.0CATX 5381.0CATX 5391.0CTCN 5054.5
CTCN 5014.5CTCN 5064.5CTCN 5034.5 
CTCN 5102.0CTCN 5202.0CTCN 5302.0 
 13.5 13.5 12 12
Second Year
CATX 6313.0CATX 6211.0CATX 6391.0 
CATX 6371.0CATX 6381.0CATX 6453.0 
CTCN 6014.5CTCN 6034.5CATX 6222.0 
CTCN 6064.5CTCN 6202.0CTCN 6044.5 
CTCN 6102.0Art Therapy Elective 3.0CTCN 6302.0 
Choose one of the following:
 15 11.5 12.5 
Total Credits 90

Creative Arts Therapies Department Faculty

Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC (Art Institute of Chicago). Associate Clinical Professor. Art therapy with diverse populations, art therapy in non-profit settings, clinical supervision.
Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC (Temple University) Director, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies. Professor. Research in music therapy, chronic pain, systematic reviews.
Natalie Rae Carlton, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC (Lesley University) Director, Art Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. New media and art therapy, social justice in art activities, transgender and LGBTQ identity.
Christina Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC (UCLA) Program Director for Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. Associate Clinical Professor. Dance movement therapy, children, attachment, autism spectrum disorder, trauma, group work, clinical supervision
Abby Dougherty, PhD, NCC, LPC (Walden University) Core Counseling Curriculum Coordinator. Clinical Assistant Professor. Virtual reality in mental health, mindfulness and contemplative practices in counselor education, creativity in college counseling, learning disabilities, relational-cultural theory in counseling and adult education.
Sharon Goodill, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Union Institute and University) Chair, Department of Creative Arts Therapies. Clinical Professor. Medical dance/movement, mind/body studies, movement assessment for DMT, CAT research and leadership.
Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, LPC (Drexel University) Director of Field Education. Clinical Instructor. Interdisciplinary practice and education, developmental models of clinical and practicum supervision, music therapy and neurodevelopmental populations.
Florence Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC (Temple University) Director, Music Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Clinical improvisation, trauma-informed music therapy, multicultural music therapy perspectives.
Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Art therapy, educational research, program evaluation, art therapy.
Dawn Morningstar, MCAT, VC-DMT, LP (Hahnemann University) Coordinator of CAT Clinical Services. Assistant Clinical Professor. Specialty in working with children and adolescents, Dance/movement therapist at Drexel's Parkway Health and Wellness faculty practice outpatient clinic.
Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC (MCP Hahnemann University) Coordinator of CAT Clinical Services. Associate Clinical Professor. Unresolved trauma; post-partum depression and anxiety; disordered eating and body image concerns; self-harming behaviors; dissociative disorders
Ellen Schelly-Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Antioch NE Graduate School) Director of Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Adults diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain and with histories of trauma; clinical supervision; ethics.
Minjung Shim, PhD, BC-DMT (Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Medical dance/movement therapy, chronic pain management, mindfulness-based interventions, clinical trials, theory/model-building, qualitative inquiries, scoping reviews.

Emeritus Faculty

Nancy Gerber, PhD, ATR-BC (Union Institute and University). Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. Art therapy assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults; modern psychoanalysis and art therapy; arts therapy education and doctoral education; arts based research and mixed methods research.
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