Use the power of creativity to positively transform individuals and communities.
Highly evolved and uniquely conceptualized, our pace-setting Master's, certificate, and doctoral programs in Expressive Therapies provide a meaningful connection between the arts, theory, and practice in clinical training. As one of the most recognized Expressive Therapies programs in the world, our students are expertly trained and qualified providers of mental heath services.
One of the distinguishing features of Lesley's Expressive Therapies Programs is our commitment to exposing students to multiple arts modalities. Because we believe an understanding of all the arts in psychotherapy enriches all expressive therapists, we integrate visual arts, dance, drama, poetry, literature, and music into our core curriculum. You'll be well-prepared to utilize an integrated arts approach in clinical work.
When the Expressive Therapies program was founded in 1973, it was one of the first graduate programs in the country to train professionals in this emerging, creative, and vital field. More than 35 years later, the program continues to push the boundaries of expressive therapies knowledge and training. Our extraordinary faculty of artist-practitioner-scholars helps students to develop their identities as artists and clinical mental health providers.
The goal of the Expressive Therapies Program is to give students the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to practice in a range of professional settings, including health care facilities, schools, community agencies, and private practices. The Expressive Therapies 60-credit programs are designed to meet the academic and field training requirements for mental health counselor licensure in Massachusetts (students intending to work outside of Massachusetts should review their state's regulations to determine their eligibility for licensure). Our specialization tracks prepare graduates for certification by national and professional associations.
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