Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy
As a form of expressive therapy, art therapy draws on artistic media and the creative process to help improve an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Art therapists are counselors trained to help people through art—as they cope with stress, traumatic experiences, or challenging relationships, and work toward personal insight and fulfillment.
Approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), our program combines innovative practical training and a rigorous curriculum focused on art-making and counseling methodologies to foster growth and improve coping skills. We train art therapists as socially responsible practitioners prepared to work in a wide range of clinical, educational, social service, community, and private practice settings.
As one of the nation’s largest and best-known art therapy programs, we graduate art therapists who are successfully employed in hospitals, schools, children’s agencies, nursing homes, correctional facilities, violence shelters, residential treatment centers, private practice, and other settings throughout the country.
Through comprehensive coursework and practical training, students learn how to select materials and interventions appropriate to client needs, and design sessions to achieve therapeutic objectives. Learning takes place in small, intimate classes in the Adler School’s state-of-the-art facilities, in warm, inviting studio spaces conducive to the artistic and therapeutic processes.
We provide an immersive learning experience with a diverse faculty—instructors who are practicing art therapists as well as scholars and researchers, with a wider range of professional experiences working with children and adolescents to adults and aging populations. Our faculty provides students with unparalleled academic and artistic support, and mentorship.
Through strong faculty support, a dedicated Training Department, and the School’s partnerships with hundreds of community agencies, our students gain valuable practicum and clinical experience at a range of training sites including urban community organizations, schools, clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, and facilities serving specialized populations.
Our program's cohort model creates camaraderie among students and fosters interpersonal growth and skills development, both inside and outside of the classroom. Likewise, our individualized advising helps students succeed throughout their Adler School experience.
Adler School of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440.
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Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Other Specialized Institutions
Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: Under 1,000