2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Dual Degree Expressive Arts Therapy

Bachelor of Science /Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies & Mental Health Counseling*

* Students interested in this dual degree program should speak to the Undergraduate Expressive Arts Therapy Coordinator, Nancy Jo Cardillo.

The Dual Degree Program in Expressive Arts Therapy is an honors level program designed for exceptional students. The integrated B.S./M.A. program is developed for students who are interested in and capable of accelerating their educational experience in a program combining the curriculum of the Undergraduate Expressive Arts Therapy major and a graduate program in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling.

The program is designed for students who demonstrate a high level of maturity, academic potential and arts proficiency. Essentially an honors program, the integrated program demands that students be able to achieve the academic rigor of graduate education by the time they reach their junior year of traditional undergraduate study. Students in this accelerated program must be able to achieve a level of introspection and cultural awareness necessary to engage in clinical work at a relatively young chronological age. Qualified students who express interest early in their art therapy program, are reviewed by the faculty and if recommended, must apply by late September of their junior year.  They must be accepted for admission by the Expressive Therapies Division, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. This may be altered for students transferring to Lesley.

The qualities looked for upon admission include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to empathize and be compassionate within an educational and therapeutic environment
  • Demonstrated psychological strength to work with different clinical populations
  • Well-organized, independent, motivated, takes initiative
  • Ability to handle complexity
  • Works well under stress
  • Ability to integrate theory and practice
  • Demonstrated conceptual literacy
  • Willingness to take creative risks
  • Proficiency and disciplined commitment to an arts practice
  • Evidence of a range of experience using a variety of art forms

Students are advised jointly in their junior and senior year by the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Expressive Arts Therapy program and a Graduate School Advisor designated for the dual degree program.

Admissions Criteria for Dual Degree Expressive Arts Therapy Candidates

Students will apply for the Master’s program in the early fall of their junior year. Transfer students may follow an alternate timeline.

  1. 3.3 GPA
  2. 3 credits in Abnormal Psychology and 3 credits in a Developmental Psychology course with grades of B or better
  3. 12 credits of arts courses
  4. Evidence of proficiency in some form of creative expression – this should be presented either as a CD of music, or DVD of 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.
  5. A letter of academic support from the undergraduate faculty advisor, the undergraduate expressive arts therapy program coordinator, or recommendation from core faculty in your division in consultation with the expressive arts therapy program coordinator.
  6. Successful completion of an admissions interview and review process through the Expressive Therapies Division, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Licensure/Certification Information:

When students graduate from our MA in Expressive Therapies: Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling they have met the educational requirements* for both Expressive Arts Therapy registration (REAT) by the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), as well as licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Massachusetts (LMHC).

(*IEATA requires 100 hours of personal expressive arts therapy. This may be done as individual or group expressive arts therapy, not including personal process as required in Master’s classes or course work. One’s expressive arts therapist cannot be the same person as their supervisor, teacher or head of training program. Lesley does not provide this service, this must be completed outside of Lesley’s requirements.)

Note: Students pursuing licensure must have their program of study approved by the Program Advisor in the Division of Expressive Therapies.