Program Offered: Residential
Total Credits: 69 (Marriage and Family Therapy Track)
72 (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track)
Number of Art Therapy credentialed graduates – 20
Pass rate for the ATCB Board Certification test- 100%
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 69-72-credit program requires successful completion of a combination of required and elective courses and completion of a Master’s Project.
Coursework will include experimental and didactic methods of teaching to educate students and evaluate their skills, knowledge, and competency in the essentials of art therapy history, ethics, theory, techniques, multiculturalism, and assessment. Students will demonstrate skills applied to a diverse range of individuals, families, and groups within a variety of clinical, educational, social and cultural contexts. Throughout the program, emphasis will be placed on personal, artistic, and professional identity along with social justice and advocacy. Strategies for student self-care as a helping professional will also be 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, 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
The Art Therapy Program’s minimum expectations are: “To prepare competent entry-level art therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains” (CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Art Therapy, 2016, p. 3)