Concentration in Expressive Art Therapy

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“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

The Expressive Art Therapy blends a passion for art with the skills of counseling. The program meets the educational standards for 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. Depending on the state licensure requirements, the Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Art Therapy will take two and half to three years to complete.

In combination with the course 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. Students engage in coursework with qualified mentors who are licensed Behavioral Health Professional and either an ATR or REAT.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Art Therapy combines the 60 credit M.S. and the 30 credit coursework required for the Post-Masters Certificate in EAT into a 90 credit-hour program. This includes coursework, a supervised counseling practicum (in some cases a separate Expressive Art Therapy practicum), attendance at all colloquia, attendance at two Summer Institute, and a capstone thesis paper.

EAT Coursework:

  • History and Theory of Expressive Art Therapy, 3 credits
  • Materials ad Techniques in EAT, 3 credits
  • Application of EAT, 3 credits
  • Group Work and Dynamics in EAT, 3 credits
  • Assessment in EAT, 3 credits
  • Standards of Good Practice: Ethical and Legal Issues in EAT, 3 credits
  • Cultural Diversity in EAT, 3 credits
  • Advanced EAT Elective, 3 credits
  • Supervised Practicum and Internship in EAT
  • Studio/Expressive Art, 1 credit

Some states allow the imbedding of specialized Expressive Art Therapy material into licensure courses. It is student's responsibility to research if that is the case in their state. The state of Arizona does not allow imbedding.

Expressive Art 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. 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. Questions and information about available Summer Institute Scholarships can be directed to Camille Smith via


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