Program of Study

2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog


M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Expressive Arts Therapy (60 credits)

On-Campus and Low-Residency Options

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Expressive Arts Therapy is a 60-credit program that integrates coursework, clinical work and supervision in art therapy and mental health counseling.

  • The specialization can be completed in two or three years of study.
  • A first field placement of 450 supervised hours, and a second field placement of 700 clinically supervised hours are required.  
  • On-Campus and Low-Residency students follow the same program of study

Program Prerequisites

  • A minimum of six credits in psychology: three credits in abnormal psychology and three credits in developmental psychology with grades of B or better.
  • Evidence of some form of creative expression. This could be presented either as a CD of music, dance or dramatic performance, a portfolio of visual art work, and/or a collection of poetry or examples of creative writing. Applicants should have a basic familiarity with the full experience of the creative process in at least one art form.

Program of Study

Required Core Courses (42 credits)

GEXTH 5010Principles and Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy

3

GEXTH 5032Orientation to Expressive Therapies

3

GEXTH 5102Theories in Expressive Arts Therapy

3

GEXTH 5103Theory and Practice of Group Work: Expressive Arts Therapy

3

GEXTH 5122Expressive Arts Therapy Studio

3

GEXTH 6032Human Development Across the Lifespan

3

GEXTH 6102Standards and Ethics in Clinical Practice

3

GEXTH 6105Examining Power, Privilege and Oppression in Clinical Practice

3

GEXTH 6106Research and Evaluation

3

GEXTH 6415Psychopathology and Clinical Practice

3

GEXTH XXXX Students select one special treatment issues course

3

GEXTH 6416Theories of Mental Health Counseling

3

GEXTH 6417Assessment and Mental Health Counseling

3

GEXTH 7017Thesis Seminar

3

Electives (6 credits)

Students may choose 6 credits of elective coursework in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Field Experience Courses (12 credits)

GEXTH 5119Clinical Skills and Applications***

3

GEXTH 7700Supervision in Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling I****

3

GEXTH 7719Supervision in Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling II****

3

GEXTH 7721Supervision in Expressive Art Therapy and Counseling III****

3