Prepare for a career in which you will use the creative process of art making to positively influence the emotional, cognitive, and physical health of others.
Lesley University’s Master’s program in Expressive Therapies: Art Therapy with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling equips students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to become an effective, qualified art therapist.
The 60-credit Art Therapy program is ideal for visual artists who wish to use a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpting, and other media) to promote positive intrapersonal and interpersonal change with diverse populations. Art therapy is practiced in a variety of settings in the fields of mental health, rehabilitation, disease prevention, education, childcare, and geriatrics.
You'll develop practical skills through self-reflection, collaboration with expert faculty and peers, and 1,150 hours of field experience. Direct, supervised contact with clients from a range of populations is required so that you can leave the program fully prepared for professional practice.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Raquel Stephenson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"[Lesley takes an] awesome whole person approach. I attended the Expressive Therapy program [with] top-notch professors (some internationally acclaimed), a wonderful holistic approach to learning the material, and lots of experiential-based classes. As an academic advisor, I have recommended Lesley University several times to students interested in psychology or counseling type degrees or careers."
— Stephen Levine, Alumnus, Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapies
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Art and Aging - How Creative Expression Can Benefit Older AdultsLesley Professor Dr. Raquel Stephenson taps into the healing powers of art, and employs creative endeavors as a means of keeping the elderly connected and engaged with the world around them.
"The key word in 'art therapy' is ART, so go make some! Get your students, clients, communities to get out and make art, not just talk about it. Healing is the process of making, of being creative."