California Institute of Integral Studies

School of Professional Psychology and Health

Expressive Arts Therapy Online


1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Counseling Psychology

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Online Expressive Arts Therapy program uses the power of the arts as a tool for human development and healing, psycho-spiritual growth, social change, and empowered self-agency. This is accomplished through an innovative Scholar-Artist-Practitioner model bridging gaps between academic knowledge, clinical practice, and community engagement with the arts at the center. The program integrates a comprehensive education in theories and methods of psychotherapy with intensive training in expressive arts therapy and counseling psychology.

Expressive arts therapists seek to build a compassionate, supportive, and culturally-sensitive relationship with clients. The expressive arts become the medium through which clients can explore and potentially transform emotional, social, spiritual, and relational issues; identify strengths; and experience new creative insights.

About the Program

This three-year full-time program covers individual, group, couples, and family therapy, and includes a year-long practicum under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals who are also expressive arts therapists. Each semester, students and faculty meet in week-long intensives in the Bay Area. The rest of the year, students work independently, and collaboratively in online learning environments.

The training meets the educational requirements for California's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license and California's Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license. It is also designed to meet the educational requirements to become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA).


Accredited by: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501 (510) 748-9001 Fax: (510) 748-9797

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60 semester units

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1030 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 20650

Out State Tuition (per year): 20650

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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