Program Offered: Residential
Total Credits: 69 (Marriage and Family Therapy Track)
75 (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track)
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The mission of The Adler Graduate School's Art Therapy Program is to educate students on the fundamental knowledge that art-making in therapy is healing and life-enhancing. Guided by Adlerian principles, graduates develop an ethical professional identity and service orientation that will inform and enrich a diverse community through the practice of art therapy.
The Adler Graduate School offers a Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy (integrated with the Mental Health Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy track). The Art Therapy emphasis includes a 700-hour supervised field experience. This 69-75-credit program requires successful completion of a combination of required and elective courses and completion of a Master’s Project.
Coursework will utilize experiential and didactic methods of teaching to educate students and assess their skills, knowledge and competency in the essentials of art therapy history, theory, techniques, and assessment. Students will learn methods applicable for individuals, families and groups within a variety of therapeutic settings. Throughout the program, emphasis will be placed on personal and professional identity and the balance between artist and art therapist. The importance of self-care in the helping professions is also reinforced.
“Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.
Art Therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.”
American Art Therapy Association, 2017