This degree is designed for the student who wishes to become an expressive art therapist with a solid foundation in both the expressive arts and psychology. This program is designed to meet the education standards of the American Art Therapy Association 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.
Courses for expressive art therapy include the history, theory, and practice of the expressive art therapies, including art, movement, drama, journaling, and the appropriate use of music. Students are required to attend two of Prescott College’s Expressive Art Therapy Summer Institutes, which take place in July and offer workshops related to expressive art therapies. The fee for these institutes is not included in the MAP tuition.
Those wishing to pursue movement therapy will be paired with an advisor who is also a registered movement therapist with the American Dance Association. Those wishing to become art therapists will be assigned an advisor who is a Registered Art Therapist. In both cases students will have the opportunity to explore both art and movement therapy plus drama and role play with an experienced therapist in these modalities. Each advisor will also be certified or licensed as a counselor, social worker, marriage and family therapist, or psychologist. The estimated length of this concentration is 2 ½ to 3 years.
The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.