Art Therapy and Counseling

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

About the Program

Drexel University’s Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling was founded in 1967 at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital and provides students extensive exposure to current, interdisciplinary practices. This distinctive program teaches students informed skills and integrative theories for diverse therapeutic approaches in various systems of care. Working with specified treatment objectives determined through client collaboration and ongoing assessment, students learn to apply art therapy methods alongside counseling skills. In-class experientials and didactic learning inform the simultaneous on-site, community educational experiences each student has with individuals and groups. Students learn by doing, including incorporating supervisor and faculty feedback within their sustained and often distinct learning trajectories. This multilayered pedagogy, plus each student’s necessary interpersonal work and professional disposition development, provide foundational learning for creative and ethical art therapy and counseling.

Throughout the multi-dimensional learning processes and content areas, students of the Art Therapy and Counseling program study the vital roles that creativity, empathy, and cultural humility have in professional work and for interpersonal growth. Students learn how their cognitive, behavioral, creative, and emotional responses can block or augment the relationships of therapy, colleagueship, and professional development. 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 and systemic 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 certification upon program graduation to then work further towards their ATR and ATR-BC credentials, as well as professional counseling licensure in Pennsylvania and other states, upon completion of specified work and supervision hours that are critical parts of post-graduation requirements. We design the Art Therapy and Counseling program's 90-quarter-credit to meet the Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational requirements as well as uphold program and learning standards for art therapy accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education or ACATE. Because licensure requirements vary from state to state, we strongly advise applicants interested in attaining post-graduation counseling licensure to access and check the requirements for any state(s) in which they plan to work and practice. It is the students' responsibility to begin to know and understand the requirements for any future licensure they may seek. We strive to inform, update, and support individualized pursuits for licensure and national board certification with each student.

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 Creative Arts Therapies2.0
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 509Social and Cultural Foundations4.5
CTCN 540Approaches to Addictions and Recovery 4.5
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 528Family Systems and Adult and Older Adult Assessment and Treatment Planning4.5
CATX 529Family Systems and Children and Adolescent Assessment and Treatment Planning4.5
CATX 532Trauma Approaches in Art Therapy3.0
CATX 535Creativity, Symbolism, and Metaphor in Art Therapy and Counseling3.0
CATX 536Studio Art for Art Therapists1.0
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
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
CATX 621Culminating Project in Art Therapy I1.5
CATX 622Culminating Project in Art Therapy II1.5
Art Therapy Electives *
Digital Media Use in Art Therapy and Counseling
Mindfulness in Clinical Practice
Additional Electives *
For Culminating Project Only
Total Credits90.0

Electives are offered but not required. Please note that electives are in addition to the 90.0 credits required for the degree. Please consult with your advisor before registering for an elective.

Sample Plan of Study

Two Year Plan of Study

First Year
CATX 5012.0CTCN 5094.5CTCN 5034.5CTCN 5044.5
CATX 5284.5CATX 5294.5CATX 5323.0CTCN 5054.5
CATX 5371.0CATX 5381.0CATX 5353.0CATX 5361.0
CTCN 5014.5CTCN 5202.0CATX 5391.0 
CTCN 5102.0 CTCN 5302.0 
 14 12 13.5 10
Second Year
CTCN 6014.5CTCN 6034.5CTCN 6044.5 
CATX 6313.0CATX 6381.0CATX 6391.0 
CATX 6371.0CTCN 5404.5CATX 6453.0 
CTCN 6064.5CATX 6211.5CATX 6221.5 
CTCN 6102.0CTCN 6202.0CTCN 6302.0 
 15 13.5 12 
Total Credits 90

Three Year Plan of Study*

First Year (Part-Time)
CATX 5012.0CTCN 5094.5CTCN 5034.5CTCN 5054.5
CATX 5284.5CATX 5294.5CATX 5353.0CATX 5361.0
CTCN 5014.5 CATX 5323.0 
 11 9 10.5 5.5
Second Year (Part-Time)
CATX 6313.0CTCN 6034.5CTCN 6044.5CTCN 5044.5
CTCN 6064.5CTCN 5202.0CATX 5391.0 
CTCN 5102.0CATX 5381.0CTCN 5302.0 
CATX 5371.0   
 10.5 7.5 7.5 4.5
Third Year (Part-Time)
CTCN 6014.5CTCN 5404.5CATX 6453.0 
CTCN 6102.0CATX 6211.5CATX 6221.5 
CATX 6371.0CTCN 6202.0CTCN 6302.0 
 CATX 6381.0CATX 6391.0 
 7.5 9 7.5 
Total Credits 90

Please note that 'part time' does not refer to the status of a student regarding financial aid. On the 3-year-plan of study as reflected above students would still be considered 'full time students' due the amount of credits per quarter.

Creative Arts Therapies Department Faculty

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.
Sharon W. Goodill, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Union Institute and University). 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.
Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA , ATR-BC (Harvard University) Interim Department Chair, Assistant Dean for Special Research Initiatives . 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.
Marisol S. Norris, PhD, MT-BC (Drexel University) Director, Music Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. . Community music therapy, critical pedagogies, Black aesthetics, culturally sustaining practice, radical healing framework.
Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC (MCP Hahnemann University). Associate Clinical Professor. Unresolved trauma; post-partum depression and anxiety; disordered eating and body image concerns; self-harming behaviors; dissociative disorders
Minjung Shim, PhD, BC-DMT (Drexel University). Assistant 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.
Florence Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC (Temple University) Director, Music Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. Clinical improvisation, trauma-informed music therapy, multicultural music therapy perspectives.
Ellen Schelly-Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Antioch NE Graduate School) Director of Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. Adults diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain and with histories of trauma; clinical supervision; ethics.
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