Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology & Expressive Arts Therapy Program (MA)
This new 2013 program is specifically designed to prepare the next generation of mental health professionals in the therapeutic use of expressive arts processes for personal, family and community transformation. It unites the arts and counseling psychology. The program meets the educational standards for the International Expressive Art Therapy Association for becoming a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), and the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Profession to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Students seeking licensure in other states must ensure that their degree program satisfies the requirements of the licensing board in that state(s).
The use of expressive arts therapy encourages interaction, sharing and trust in a safe place. Our curriculum mirrors this. Students will learn the history, ethics and practice of expressive arts therapy, integrated with the core curriculum of the counseling psychology requirements, which focuses on resilience and the integration of diversity, difference and inclusion. In addition, students will engage in a minimum of 360-hour practicum and 600-hour internship experience where they will practice their skills in counseling and the expressive arts therapy.
This program can be completed on a full-time basis (two academic years including the summer session, which is part of the second year), or on a part time basis (three academic years with some summer courses).