Expressive Therapies

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Drama Therapy

Master of Arts (MA), on-campus or low-residency graduate program

Give others the tools and techniques to explore new roles and relationships.

Develop an understanding of how 
the intentional use of improvisation, storytelling, role-play, performance, and other dramatic action methods can communicate inner experience, strengthen relationships, and promote well-being.

Prepare to qualify to become a licensed mental health counselor by learning from leaders in the fields of drama therapy, psychodrama, and expressive therapies. Pursue careers in a variety of settings, including schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, community organizations, correctional facilities, and private practice.

As a drama therapy student, you’ll promote spontaneity and creativity in relationships and combine the study and application of dramatic action techniques with a trauma-informed, culturally responsive approach to mental health counseling. Through theory and practice, explore and examine issues of form, aesthetics, and principles central to performance. Learn how to assess clients of all ages and backgrounds and select the most appropriate treatment approach.

Program Structure

2–3 Year Program, Full-Time, On-Campus or Low-Residency Formats

60 Credits
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On-Campus Option

Become part of a community of artists and scholars in Cambridge while pursuing your degree. Gain in-person access to leaders in the field and benefit from Lesley’s professional network in and around Greater Boston and New England. Taking three to four courses per semester, immerse in rigorous study and complete your program within a two to three year sequence.

Best if you:

  • Live near Cambridge or are able to relocate
  • Enjoy the rigor of an intensive program and want to take advantage of internships in Greater Boston
  • Want face-to-face time with faculty and peers and to become integrated into campus life
  • Are not planning to work full-time during your studies
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Low-Residency Option

Participate in one 3-week summer residency per year on Lesley University’s Cambridge campus. Between residencies, continue your studies online with Lesley faculty and through supervised field experiences in your community. Your courses correspond with those of our on-campus program, and will be completed within three years.

Best if you:

  • Live at a distance
  • Enjoy the flexibility of online learning
  • Want to take fewer courses at a time
  • Would like to complete internships/research in your community
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Cambridge, MA

A nexus for higher education and mental health counseling practice and research, each year 250,000 students arrive to Cambridge from around the globe. The intellectual and cultural capital runs deep, and so do your opportunities addressing barriers to wellness. From Lesley’s location, access innovative community, hospital, and school-based mental health programs.

Expressive Therapies
Mitchell Kossak
Mitchell's passion for teaching and healing has led him to work extensively with autistic children and adults, divided communities in Israel, and individuals affected by trauma, such as his work in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. His current research explores the importance of the body in psychotherapy, and how the arts can be engaged to bring awareness to the body’s role in personal expression and healing.
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Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Drama Therapy
  • Tuition
    $1,100/credit x 60
    $66,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $2,180
    Materials Fee
    $350
    Registration Fee
    $320
    Activity Fee
    $180
    Practicum Fee
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $1,100/credit x 60
    $66,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $2,180
    Registration Fee
    $360
    Materials Fee
    $350
    Practicum Fee
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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