2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Expressive Therapies Studies

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Expressive Therapies Studies is designed for mental health and health care professionals, human service professionals, social workers, school psychologists, guidance and adjustment counselors, and others who are looking for innovative approaches to enhance their professional lives. The program offers specific training in the uses of different expressive therapy modalities. Participants study the principles and practices of expressive therapies and the various modalities of art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, drama therapy and psychodrama. Coursework will demonstrate how expressive therapy skills can be integrated into clinical work with a variety of populations. The courses are designed to build on each participant's professional practice and offer skills in combining innovative techniques and strategies for effecting positive change.

This certificate is not intended for those who require full professional training for licensure or accreditation in the Expressive Arts Therapies specialization.


Prospective students must have a Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant field of study. For further application information, interested professionals can contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

For additional program information, please contact:

Mitchell Kossak
Coordinator for Certificate Programs, Expressive Therapies

5 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA 02138



Program of Study

Required Course (3 credits)

GEXTH 5010Principles and Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy


(this course must be taken first)

Possible Elective Courses (choose 4) (12 credits)

GEXTH 5036Imaginal Psychology


GEXTH 5045Arts and Healing


GEXTH 6025Expressive Therapies with Families


GEXTH 6364Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents


GEXTH 6360Drawing from Within: A Studio Course


GEXTH 6400Holistic Approach to Pain and Stress


GEXTH 5029Body-Oriented Psychotherapy With Adults


GEXTH 6301Drama Therapy and for Children and Adolescents


GEXTH 6256Group Process in Dance/Movement Therapy


GEXTH 6020Music, Imagery and Psychotherapy


Students can consult the course catalog or go to the website to see an update of courses offered each semester.