Adler University (Chicago Campus)

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Counseling: Art Therapy (MA)

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School:Adler University (Chicago Campus)
Field of Study:Art Therapy/Therapist
Counselling Psychology
Description:Our Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy program prepares counselors to use the creative process to improve individuals’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing with a focus on treating some of society’s most marginalized populations. We offer one of the country’s largest and best known degrees in counseling and art therapy, training graduates to model, demonstrate, and teach coping skills through counseling and art therapy to people facing trauma, stress, behavioral, neurological and other concerns.

Our innovative program is AATA-approved, key for job placement and obtaining licensure. Our rigorous curriculum focuses on using counseling methodologies, art therapy, and art making to foster personal growth, gain deeper insight, and to apply clinical training in counseling and art therapy within the context of the Adlerian principles of social responsibility, service in the community, and cultural competence. Our dual-degree program prepares students to be both counselors and art therapists, through a clinical-based model, where students are supervised at their clinical sites by not only an art therapist, but also a licensed counselor, psychologist, social worker, or couple and family therapist. A third and fourth component of our degree is that we incorporate Adlerian Theory/Individual Psychology and Adlerian Art Therapy into the curriculum, giving our students additional techniques and healing modalities to apply in clinical practice.
URL:Counseling: Art Therapy (MA) at Adler University (Chicago Campus)
Length:2 Year(s)

Admission Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
Applicants are required to have: an undergraduate/baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution; a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate and graduate coursework - exceptions may be made for applicants who demonstrate improved academic performance or academic ability in other ways; the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours in psychology with grades of C or better - these courses need to include general or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and life span development - all prerequisites should be completed by the end of a student’s first semester at Adler University; eighteen semester credit hours or 27 quarter credit hours in studio art that demonstrate proficiency and disciplined commitment to visual art in three or more visual art media; and a portfolio of original artwork (15 examples in three or more different media) demonstrating competence with art materials is required to be presented at the admission interview. Approved applicants will be invited for a personal interview as the final step in the application process.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on October 03, 2019