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What's Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is the use of art making within a therapeutic relationship. Through creating art and reflecting on the art product and process, a person can increase awareness of self, cope with stress, enhance cognitive abilities and enjoy the life affirming pleasure of making art.

Our unique program provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning contemporary marriage and family therapy. Students learn systemic marriage and family therapy models, art therapy practices, and interpersonal neurobiology approaches geared toward the master’s level clinician.

Mission Statement

The program utilizes a systems approach to the understanding and treatment of human relationships, integrating marriage and family therapy practices, art therapy approaches, and the application of interpersonal neurobiology theory. An experiential learning environment prepares students for clinical practice. The interpersonal, cognitive, and emotional roles of art making, imagery and creativity for health and well-being are emphasized throughout the course of study. The faculty aim to inspire future mental health professionals to embody self-awareness, professional and personal integrity, and a commitment to relational responsibility.

Career Paths

Our Art Therapy graduates pursue work in a variety of settings including:
• Inpatient Facilities • Schools and Head Start Centers
• Employee Assistance Programs • Social Services Agencies
• Health Maintenance Organizations • Universities and Research Centers
• Community Mental Health Centers • Courts and Correctional Facilities
• Business and Consulting Companies • Private Practice

Art therapists can also work in teams with other healthcare professionals such as family physicians.  Some are involved in family research and public policy anlysis from a family perspective.

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