Art therapy is about human health and recovery. At Marylhurst, art experiences are integrated with most of the core classes. Students use creative work to understand theories of art therapy, clients and therapeutic relationships. While this artistic focus may be different from the student’s prior experience, it does lead to the creation of authentic and aesthetically satisfying work.
REGISTERED ART THERAPISTS
Graduates of Marylhurst’s AATA-approved master's program may apply for the professional credential of registered art therapist (ATR) following completion of 1,000 hours of supervised post-master's art therapy experience. (Degree programs without AATA approval require additional hours.)
The MA in Art Therapy Counseling Program meets the educational requirements of Oregon's state licensing board for professional counselors and therapists, the National Board for Certified Counselors and the American Art Therapy Association's credentialing board.
Check with your own state regarding its licensing requirements for professional counselors.
Graduates of the Marylhurst program are working in outpatient counseling clinics, schools and hospitals – both psychiatric and medical, day treatment and residential treatment programs. They serve as primary and adjunctive therapists. In most cases, they are part of a treatment team working collaboratively with other clinicians.
The Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Oregon. Graduates are eligible to become qualified mental health professionals (QMHP) in Oregon. They are also eligible to apply to become nationally board certified counselors.
Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities, Commission on Colleges and Universities
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