Expressive Art Therapy blends a passion for art with the skills of counseling. The program meets the educational standards of the American Art Therapy Association (www.aata.org) and the International Expressive Art Therapy Association (www.ieata.org) for becoming a registered expressive art therapist, and the requirements for licensure with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. Students seeking licensure in other states must make sure that their degree program covers the necessary requirements of the licensing board in their state. Depending on the state licensure requirements, the Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy will take two and half to three years to complete.

In combination with the core courses required for professional licensure the student will engage in study of the history, ethics, and practice of expressive art therapy. Expressive art therapies involve the use of visual art, music, movement, poetry, and performance, as well as the inter-modal application of these in therapy and healing.

Students have the option of seeking registration as an Art Therapist (ATR) through the American Art Therapy Association or registration as an Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. The Prescott College model allows for flexibility of design to meet either or both registration requirements as far as course content and area of focus, which can be either art therapy or multi-modal expressive arts. 

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Sample Courses

Course Code Course Credits
MAAT51301 History and Theory of Expressive Art Therapy 3
MAAT51302 Materials and Techniques of Practice in Expressive Art Therapy 3
MAAT51303 Applications of Expressive Art Therapy 3
MAAT51304 Group Work and Dynamics in Expressive Art Therapy 3
MAAT51305 Assessment in Expressive Art Therapy 3
MAAT51306 Standards of Good Practice in Expressive Art Therapy: Ethical & Legal Issues 3
MAAT51308 Cultural Diversity in Expressive Art Therapy 3
MAAT59300 Advanced Expressive Art Therapy Elective 3
MAAT51310 Studio Art - Expressive Arts Studio 1

Career Outcomes

  • Art Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychologist

Learning Outcomes

  • Professional competence in counseling skills and practice
  • The ability to integrate global and local issues with professional counseling practice
  • An awareness of the need to cultivate respect for cultural differences and similarities and the ability to apply this cultural sensitivity to the counseling profession
  • Identification and development of a personal theoretical knowledge base that promotes an intentional counseling practice
  • The skills to assess, develop, and apply interventions and techniques based on the culture, uniqueness, and needs of each client
  • An awareness and understanding of how to resolve ethical and legal issues in the counseling profession

The faculty do this amazing balance of being supportive, being there, offering feedback, but also being very intentional in standing back and letting us craft and explore and assess our own ideas."

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