2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog

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

On-Campus and Low-Residency Options

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Art 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

  • 12 credits in psychology, including abnormal psychology and developmental psychology with grades of B or better.
  • 18 credits of studio art courses. Applicants must send a minimum of 15-20 slides, or digital copy, of their art work along with their application. The slides should represent a variety of media, including two- and three-dimensional work, self-expression, and a range of technical abilities.

Program of Study

Required Art Therapy Courses (9 credits)

GEXTH 5112Theories in Art Therapy

3

GEXTH 5113Theory and Practice of Group Work

3

GEXTH 6015Art Therapy Assessment

3

Required Core Courses (33 credits)

GEXTH 5010Principles and Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy

3

GEXTH 5032Orientation to Expressive Therapies

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 6416Theories of Mental Health Counseling

3

GEXTH 6417Assessment and Mental Health Counseling

3

GEXTH 7017Thesis Seminar

3

Electives (9 credits)

Students must select 3 electives: 2 Art Therapy Courses, and 1 non-Art Therapy specific course.  One of the three courses must fulfill the special treatment issues requirement.

Choose SIX credits from the following Art Therapy courses:

GEXTH 5024Art Therapy with Older Adults

3

GEXTH 6029Art Therapy with People with Severe Mental Illness

3

GEXTH 6353Family Art Therapy

3

GEXTH 6360Drawing from Within: A Studio Course

3

GEXTH 6363Jungian Art Therapy

3

GEXTH 6364Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents

3

GEXTH 6367Art Therapy Studio

3

GEXTH 6368Art Therapy with Traumatized Adults

3

Field Experience Courses (12 credits)

GEXTH 5119Clinical Skills and Applications***

3

GEXTH 7702Supervision in Art Therapy and Counseling I****

3

GEXTH 7716Supervision in Art Therapy and Counseling II****

3

GEXTH 7720Supervision in Art Therapy and Counseling III****

3

Note: Students who do not have a prerequisite Principles and Practices of Art Therapy course must also take GEXTH 6352 in addition to the 60-credit program.