Expressive Arts Therapy blends a passion for art with the skills of counseling. The program meets the educational standards of the American Art Therapy Association ( and the International Expressive Art Therapy Association ( 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. 

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. 

Coursework includes a supervised counseling practicum (in some cases a separate Expressive Art Therapy practicum), attendance at all colloquia, attendance at two Summer Institutes, and a capstone thesis paper.

Since 2002, students and mental health professionals from around the world have gathered at Prescott College for two weeks in July/August to take part in our annual Summer Institute. The goal of the Institute is to provide participants with a residency experience and the ability to study with the internationally renowned educators such as Cathy Malchiodi, Dariah K. Halprin, Pat Allen, Bruce Moon, and Cathy Moon. The Institute is very hands-on and a perfect venue in which educators, counselors, and students can learn in a supervised experiential learning environment. 

Please refer to the Gainful Employment Disclosure

Arizona residents
The Master of Science in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health: meets the requirements for professional licensure in the state of Arizona.

Out-of-State Residents
The Master of Science in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health degree and Post-Master’s Certificates offered by Prescott College are designed to lead to professional licensure as outlined by individual state boards of mental health counseling, art therapy, equine-assisted mental health, adventure-based psychotherapy, and ecotherapy. Before enrolling in a licensure program at Prescott College, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding counseling or post-master’s certification for their particular state.

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

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement

Career Outcomes

  • Art Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor

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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Jodi Straker

Jodi Straker