Add the Art Therapy concentration to your Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree to expand upon your capability to improve the lives of others. By pairing comprehensive clinical training with a strong theoretical framework, you will be uniquely positioned to leverage art therapy in a clinical setting. Empower your therapy clients to express themselves verbally and through visual art in order to treat a multitude of developmental, emotional, psychological and medical problems or disorders.
This degree is offered by AU Seattle.
The MA in Counseling degree has an Art Therapy specialization combined with Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). You receive comprehensive clinical training, making it one of the few degree programs in the U.S. featuring art therapy with a clinical focus.
The learning experience incorporates cultural diversity and social responsibility, giving Antioch an edge over other graduate schools in psychology.
Antioch University has held accreditation continuously since 1927. The Art Therapy specialization has been approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) since 2003. In 2019, the program received accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Thus, the curriculum meets national standards for art therapy registration.
Antioch’s Art Therapy specialization is combined with the M.A. in Counseling with Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) concentration. The degree offers you comprehensive clinical training for a career as a licensed mental health counselor. With a focus on developing multicultural counseling competencies, you accomplish these goals through a combination of required coursework, electives and a supervised internship .
The Art Therapy program is 93 quarter credits. To accommodate working adults, our schedule allows students to work during the day and take classes in the afternoons and evenings as well as all day on Friday. You may begin the program in the spring and fall.
Core Clinical Courses:
- Addictions and Substance Abuse
- Advanced Theories: Varying Subtitles
- Assessment: Test and Measurements
- Career Development and Counseling
- Communication and Counseling Skills
- Ethics and Professional Issues
- Human Development in Context: Gender and Development
- Internship Preparation
- Theories/Practice of Counseling: Human/Trans/Eastern
- Theories/Practice of Counseling: Psychodynamic and Cog. Behavior
- Psychodiagnostics and Treatment Planning
- Systems Perspectives in Family Therapy
- The Counseling Profession and Identity
- Trauma, Disaster Response, and Crisis Counseling
Core Art Therapy Courses:
- Advanced Art Therapy Assessment
- Advanced Art Therapy Research in Individual and Family Therapy
- Art Therapy in Diverse Settings: Individual and Group Therapy
- Art Therapy Research in Individual and Family Therapy
- Developmental and Treatment Models in Art Therapy
- Ethics in Creative Art Therapy
- Family of Origin & Art Therapy
- Group Art Therapy
- History and Theory of Art Therapy I
- History and Theory of Art Therapy II
- Master’s Project or Thesis
- Multicultural Perspectives & Art Therapy
- Pre-Internship Practicum: MHC/AT
- Techniques and Practice of Art Therapy
Required Internship Courses:
- AT/MHC Internship I, II, III, IV
- AT Case Consultation I, II, III, IV
All students participate in an internship in a professional setting. This experience will enable you to validate and clarify the theory you acquire in the classroom as you develop your own role as a clinician. Examples of internship sites include the following:
- College counseling centers
- Community centers
- Group homes
- Homeless shelters
- In-patient psychiatric hospitals
- Public mental health clinics
- Youth and family services
Program requirements and course offerings are subject to change.
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the AUS catalog.
Art therapists work in private practice and/or in clinical, educational and rehabilitative settings such as:
- hospitals and clinics
- residential treatment centers
- long-term care facilities
- community centers
- mental health and social service agencies
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**This information is provided as an estimate of total tuition, at 2018-19 tuition rates, for each program based on the total number of required credits to complete the degree, and does not include the required Student Services and Technology fees.
Financial Aid is also available to most students.