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 graduate Art Therapy and Counseling program offers a progressive curriculum that integrates didactic, experiential, supervisory, and clinical experiences to prepare students for providing art therapy and counseling services in a range of settings. Students learn theories applied to art therapy practice and contemporary approaches that support their understanding of the healing aspects of the creative process. Emphasis is placed on the complex interactions among the client, the therapist, and the art process that promote therapeutic change. Students apply this knowledge in practicum and internship experiences offered in a variety of behavioral health and community settings, such as psychiatric hospitals, medical facilities, schools, forensic settings, and shelters.

We provide educational experiences to promote professional development and multicultural competence conducive to the ethical, reflective, and socially-aware practice of art therapy. Our aim is to prepare professional art therapists capable of critical thinking with regard to the therapeutic use of art and the creative process while promoting respect for the diversity of human experiences.

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

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
ARTS 501Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I2.0
ARTS 502Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II2.0
ARTS 504Human Psychological Development I2.0
ARTS 509Human Psychological Development II2.0
ARTS 505Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology I2.0
ARTS 513Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology II2.0
ARTS 506Professional Orientation and Ethics I1.0
ARTS 606Professional Orientation and Ethics II3.0
ARTS 507Group Dynamics in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 508Introduction to Behavioral Research I2.0
ARTS 515Introduction to Behavioral Research II2.0
ARTS 601Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 604Career Counseling4.0
ARTS 605Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy II2.0
ARTS 602Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment I2.0
ARTS 607Clinical Appraisal and Assessment II2.0
Art Therapy Track Courses
ARTS 531Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Adults I2.0
ARTS 532Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Adults II2.0
ARTS 533Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Children I2.0
ARTS 534Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Children II2.0
ARTS 535Art Therapy Theory and Symbolism I2.0
ARTS 536Art Therapy Theory and Symbolism II2.0
ARTS 537Art Therapy Group Supervision I1.5
ARTS 538Art Therapy Group Supervision II1.5
ARTS 539Art Therapy Group Supervision III1.5
ARTS 540Art Therapy Literature and Research1.0
ARTS 541Jungian Psychology for Art Therapists2.0
ARTS 542Group Dynamics: Art Therapy2.0
ARTS 631Processes and Materials in Art Therapy & Counseling2.0
ARTS 634Art Therapy Family Assessment1.0
ARTS 635Social and Cultural Foundations in Art Therapy and Counseling2.0
ARTS 636Studio Art for Art Therapists1.5
ARTS 644Art Therapy Approaches to Trauma Treatment 2.0
ARTS 645Professional Identity in Art Therapy and Counseling1.0
ARTS 647Art Therapy and Counseling Adv Group Supervision I2.0
ARTS 648Art Therapy and Counseling Adv Group Supervision II2.0
ARTS 649Art Therapy and Counseling Adv Group Supervision III2.0
Art Therapy Electives1.0
Select one of the following:
Medical Art Therapy
Forensic Art Therapy
Art Therapy in an Education Setting
Clinical Education Courses
ARTS 510Clinical Practicum I: Observation1.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 512Clinical Practicum III1.0
ARTS 610Clinical Internship I3.0
ARTS 611Clinical Internship II3.0
ARTS 612Clinical Internship III3.0
Thesis
ARTS 621Thesis I1.0
ARTS 622Thesis II1.0
ARTS 623Thesis III1.0
ARTS 624Thesis IV1.0
Additional Electives
For Thesis Only
Total Credits90.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ARTS 501Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I2.0
ARTS 504Human Psychological Development I2.0
ARTS 505Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology I2.0
ARTS 510Clinical Practicum I: Observation1.0
ARTS 506Professional Orientation and Ethics I1.0
ARTS 531Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Adults I2.0
ARTS 533Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Children I2.0
ARTS 535Art Therapy Theory and Symbolism I2.0
ARTS 537Art Therapy Group Supervision I1.5
 Term Credits15.5
Term 2
ARTS 502Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II2.0
ARTS 507Group Dynamics in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 508Introduction to Behavioral Research I2.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 513Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology II2.0
ARTS 532Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Adults II2.0
ARTS 534Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Children II2.0
ARTS 536Art Therapy Theory and Symbolism II2.0
ARTS 538Art Therapy Group Supervision II1.5
 Term Credits16.5
Term 3
ARTS 509Human Psychological Development II2.0
ARTS 512Clinical Practicum III1.0
ARTS 515Introduction to Behavioral Research II2.0
ARTS 539Art Therapy Group Supervision III1.5
ARTS 540Art Therapy Literature and Research1.0
ARTS 541Jungian Psychology for Art Therapists2.0
ARTS 542Group Dynamics: Art Therapy2.0
ARTS 636Studio Art for Art Therapists1.5
 Term Credits13.0
Term 4
ARTS 604Career Counseling4.0
ARTS 621Thesis I1.0
Choose Art Therapy Elective 
Forensic Art Therapy 
 Term Credits5.0
Term 5
ARTS 601Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 602Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 610Clinical Internship I3.0
ARTS 622Thesis II1.0
ARTS 631Processes and Materials in Art Therapy & Counseling2.0
ARTS 644Art Therapy Approaches to Trauma Treatment 2.0
ARTS 647Art Therapy and Counseling Adv Group Supervision I2.0
Choose Art Therapy Elective1.0
Medical Art Therapy 
Art Therapy in an Education Setting 
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ARTS 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment I2.0
ARTS 605Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy II2.0
ARTS 611Clinical Internship II3.0
ARTS 623Thesis III1.0
ARTS 634Art Therapy Family Assessment1.0
ARTS 635Social and Cultural Foundations in Art Therapy and Counseling2.0
ARTS 645Professional Identity in Art Therapy and Counseling1.0
ARTS 648Art Therapy and Counseling Adv Group Supervision II2.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 7
ARTS 606Professional Orientation and Ethics II3.0
ARTS 607Clinical Appraisal and Assessment II2.0
ARTS 612Clinical Internship III3.0
ARTS 624Thesis IV1.0
ARTS 649Art Therapy and Counseling Adv Group Supervision III2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 90.0

Creative Arts Therapies Department Faculty

Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC (Art Institute of Chicago). Clinical Professor. Art therapy with diverse populations, art therapy in non-profit settings, clinical supervision.
Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC (Temple University). Associate Professor. Research in music therapy, chronic pain, systematic reviews.
Natalie Rae Carlton, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC (Leslie University) Director, Art Therapy MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. New media and art therapy, social justice in art activities, transgender and LGBTQ identity.
Abby Dougherty, PhD, NCC, LPC (Walden University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Mindfulness in counseling and counselor education, relational-cultural theory, the use of creativity in counseling supervision, students with learning disabilities in higher education, and qualitative research.
Nancy Gerber, PhD, ATR-BC (Union Institute and University) Director, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies. Associate Clinical Professor. 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.
Sharon W. 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). Assistant Professor. Art therapy, educational research, program evaluation, art therapy.
Dawn Morningstar, MCAT, VC-DMT, LP (Hahnemann University). Associate Clinical Professor. Specialty in working with children and adolescents, Dance/movement therapist at Drexel's Parkway Health and Wellness faculty practice outpatient clinic.
Michele D. Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC (MCP Hahnemann University) Coordinator of CAT Clinical Services. Assistant Clinical Professor.
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.
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