Expressive Arts Therapy
“The presenters are of the highest caliber and the program itself is designed to maximize individual and group experiences. If you’re looking to rev up your internal engines around the expressive art therapies, the Summer Institute is a ‘don’t miss’ opportunity! I’ll be back!” Anonymous Summer Institute participant 2007
For those students seeking to combine their interest in creative expression and healing with the desire to become a licensed counselor, the Expressive Art Therapy concentration makes this possible. Although not an approved program, the curriculum follows the educational program guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association. The education standards of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association are followed for students interested in Expressive Arts Therapy. Students who successfully graduate are eligible for licensure as professional counselors and registration as an art therapist (ATR) via the ATCB or expressive arts therapist (REAT)via IEATA. Each organization has specific post-education guidelines for registration
In combination with the core courses required for the MA in Counseling the student engages in study of the history, theory, ethics and practice of expressive art therapy and art therapy respectively. Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy involve using art making and the creative process to enhance health and well being. This can involve primarily visual arts or other forms of creative expression used inter-modally. Both art therapy and expressive arts therapy are used with children, adults, elders and families; in community, medical or educational settings. Expressive art therapies specifically involve the use of visual art, movement, poetry and performance applied inter-modally, in therapy and healing. The estimated length of the program is 2 1/2 to 3 years, depending on state licensure elective course requirements. Students complete counseling and art therapy practicum and internship under supervision. Students also complete a Capstone project with an art therapy or expressive art therapy focus. In addition to the MAP Colloquia students are required to attend two of Prescott College’s Expressive Art Therapy Summer Institutes, which take place in late July. The Summer Institute offers workshops related to expressive art therapies presented by experts in the field and is the primary venue for the experiential learning needed in this professional training program.The fee for these institutes is not included in the MAP tuition.
Students have the option of seeking registration as an Art Therapist (ATR) through AATA/ATCB or registration as an Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) through IEATA. The Prescott College model allows for flexibility of design to meet either or both registration requirements as far as course content and areas of focus; either art therapy or multi-modal expressive arts. Students engage in course work in art therapy or expressive art therapies with a mentor who is an ATR or an REAT.
Students complete a minimum of 24 semester credits of Expressive Art Therapy course work, plus Practicum, Internship and Studio Art content requirements. The concentration is a total of 30 semester credits.
- Foundations of Expressive Art Therapy: History and Theory of Expressive Art Therapy
- Techniques of Practice: Studio Art in Expressive Art Therapy
- Applications of Expressive Art Therapy
- Group Work and and Dynamics in Expressive Art Therapy
- Assessment in Expressive Art Therapy
- Ethical and Legal Issues-Standards of Good Practice in Expressive Art Therapy
- Standards of Practice in Expressive Art Therapy-Supervised Expressive Art Therapy Practicum ( 100 hours)
- Cultural Diversity in Expressive Art Therapy
- Expressive Art Therapy Internship: 600 hours for AATA and 400 hours for IEATA registration
- Advanced Expressive Art Therapy Elective
Expressive Arts Therapy Summer Institutes
Since 2002, students and mental health professionals from around the world meet at Prescott College for two weeks in July/August to take part in this annual event.
Each Institute seeks to provide participants with a residency experience and the opportunity to study with internationally renowned educators such as Lucia Cappachione, Anne Parker, Dariah K. Halprin, Pat Allen, and Janice Timm-Botos. The Institute is very hands-on, a perfect venue in which educators, counselors and students can learn in a supervised experiential learning environment.
Students must complete the following coursework with a letter grade of B or higher prior to or by the end of their first year in the Master of Arts Program. Coursework must be completed at an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution.
Requirements of the American Art Therapy Association:
• 18 semester credits in studio art (or 27 quarter credits) in studio based art courses. These must be completed before or during the first year of graduate art therapy training. Studio art coursework can be at the graduate or undergraduate level.
• At least 12 credit hours must be completed prior to beginning the art therapy coursework. The remaining 6 may be completed after beginning the first art therapy course that will count toward the ATR credential, but must be completed within a year of beginning graduate coursework in art therapy.
• Students must have a minimum of 3 semester hours (4 quarter hours) of credit in each of the following areas:
• The remaining 9 semester hours (12 quarter hours) can be in studio processes of the applicant’s choosing.
• In lieu of academic based studio coursework, 6 credits of the Studio Art requirement may be demonstrated via a portfolio demonstrating advanced competency in drawing, painting, and/or clay work.
Questions and information about available Summer Institute Scholarships can be directed to Camille Smith via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy is an 90 semester credit hour program. This includes counseling and art therapy coursework, a supervised counseling practicum and internship, a separate Expressive At Therapy practicum and internship, attendance at Colloquia, two Summer Institutes, and a Capstone.
Some states allow the imbedding of specialized Expressive Arts Therapy material into licensure courses. The student has the responsibility of researching whether that is the case in her or his state. The state of Arizona does not allow imbedding.
Students may transfer up to 15 prior graduate semester credits of the state-required courses into the program. If the course has a different title, it can be reviewed to see if it qualifies as comparable.
Expressive Art Therapy Concentration Courses
Expressive Art Therapies I: History and Theory of Expressive Art Therapy
This foundational course examines the history and the development of art therapy as a distinct therapeutic practice. This course identifies anthropological precursors, the major events and founding practitioners that have shaped the development of the modality and profession of art therapy. An overview of the theories of psychotherapy relevant to art therapy and expressive arts therapies, as well as theories of creativity and the creative process are included in this course
Expressive Art Therapies II: Techniques of Practice in Expressive Art Therapy: Studio Art
The focus of this course involves direct experience of the therapeutic utility and psychological influence of art process and materials. Through engagement in studio art processes students learn art therapy techniques and approaches which contribute to understanding the therapeutic effect of art making in the application of intervention strategies and establishment of therapeutic goals. This course is usually taken concurrently with the EATSI in the first summer semester of the program.
Expressive Art therapies III: Applications of Expressive Art Therapy with People in Different Treatment Settings
This course examines clinical interventions for the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in, in-patient, partial treatment programs and aftercare; essential interviewing and counseling skills for developing the therapeutic relationship; exploration of verbal, behavioral, and artistic communication, assessment, treatment planning approaches, relationship dynamics and role on the treatment team. This course is usually taken concurrently with the EATSI during the second summer semester of the program.
Expressive Art Therapies IV: Group Work and Dynamics in Expressive Art Therapy
This course examines theoretical and experiential understanding of group art therapy as distinct from other forms of group therapy. Areas of focus include group counseling methods and skills as applied in art therapy; principles of group dynamics, therapeutic factors, member roles and behaviors, leadership styles and approaches; short and long-term group process. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the applications of group art therapy processes appropriate for different diagnostic issues, developmental levels and presenting problems in a variety of settings with diverse clients.
Expressive Art Therapies V: Assessment in Expressive Art Therapy
This course examines fundamentals of art therapy assessment, selection of the assessment tools and familiarity with a variety of specific art therapy instruments and procedures used in appraisal and evaluation. Areas of focus include understanding of developmental levels, cultural factors, psychopathology and psychological health manifested in artwork and art making; administration and documentation of art therapy assessment, formulation of treatment goals, objectives and strategies related to assessment and evaluation.
Expressive Art Therapies VI: Ethical and Legal Issues-Standards of Good Practice in Expressive Art Therapy
This course examines professional identity, professional ethics and ethical practice of art therapy; familiarity with the ethical standards of the AATA and ATCB, as well as the ACA and other related fields, proper application of ethical and legal principles of art therapy and expressive art therapy practice. This course examines the professional role as an art therapist with regard to function and relationships with other mental health professional organizations. Understanding of credentialing and licensure, public policy, advocating for the profession and client advocacy are included in this course. Areas of focus also include preparation to enter the job market and practice in resume writing and professional interviewing skills. 3 Credits
Expressive Art Therapies VII: Cultural Diversity in Expressive Art Therapy
Concurrent with the 100 hour, Supervised Practicum in Expressive Art Therapy, this course examines the professional role as an art therapist with regard to function and relationships with other mental health professional organizations. Understanding of credentialing and licensure, public policy, advocating for the profession and client advocacy are included in this course. Areas of focus also include preparation to enter the job market and practice in resume writing and professional interviewing skills. Students receive individual on-site supervision and faculty supervision of their Practicum activities during this course. This course has a computer based- cohort component and also includes face to face, faculty provided group supervision while students are in attendance at Colloquium.
Expressive Art Therapies VIII: Advanced Expressive Art Therapy Elective
This course is self-designed by the student and supports deeper inquiry into an area of passion or interest. Topical areas may include but are not limited to Expressive Art Therapy in relationship to: Archetypal Psychology, Existential Psychology, Couple and Family Therapy, Addictions, Medical Applications, Trauma, Gerontology, Transpersonal Psychology, Educational Applications, Post-Combat Applications and others. The syllabus of this course is designed with an approved EAT mentor and taught in the self-directed, independent study format. 3 Credits
Supervised Expressive Art Therapy Internship: Clinical Case Consultation I and II
Students gain professional experience in supervised clinical settings and engage in on–going case consultation with faculty throughout the internship experience. This course involves a computer based-cohort component as well as face to face, faculty provided supervision while students are in attendance at Colloquium
Supervised Expressive Art Therapy Internship: Clinical Case Consultation I and II
Students gain professional experience in supervised clinical settings and engage in on–going case consultation with faculty throughout the internship experience. This course involves a computer based-cohort component as well as face to face, faculty provided group supervision while students are in attendance at Colloquium. 6 Credits
Supervised Expressive Art therapy Practicum
Supervised Practicum in Expressive Art Therapy, Students receive individual on-site supervision and faculty supervision of their Practicum activities during this course. This course has a computer based- cohort component and also includes face to face faculty provided group supervision while students are in attendance at Colloquium. 1 Credit
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