Post-Graduate M.A. in Art Therapy

This program is intended for professionals who already hold an M.A. in Counseling or a closely related field and who are interested in pursuing a career in art therapy. Graduate art therapy courses fulfill the educational requirements for registration as an Art Therapist through the American Art Therapy Association and licensure as a Professional Art Therapist (LPAT) in New Jersey. Graduates will need an additional 1500 hours of supervised clinical work in art therapy to qualify.

Admission RequirementsProgram Requirements (36 credits)
  •  M.A. in Counseling or a closely related field, demonstrating a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better
  •  18 credits in studio art, to include at least one class in drawing, painting, and three dimensional work
  •  12 graduate or undergraduate credits in counseling or psychology, to include Introduction to Psychology, Personality Theory,   Human Development, and Psychopathology
  •  Official graduate transcript(s)
  •  One letter of recommendation
  •  Personal Interview
  •  Art portfolio of 10-15 pieces, slides, or digital copies evidencing proficiency in different media

REQUIRED ART THERAPY COURSES (27 CREDITS)
CAT 501 History & Development of Art Therapy (3)
CAT 507 Art Therapy Methods (3)
CAT 509 Cultural & Social Diversity (3)
CAT 514 Theory & Application I (3)
CAT 515 Theory & Application II (3)
CAT 607 Art-based Assessment (3)
CAT 612 Treatment of Children & Adolescents (3)
CAT 614 Professional Practice (3)
CAT 617 Group Process (3)

REQUIRED ART THERAPY INTERNSHIPS (6 CREDITS)
CAT 601 Internship I (1)
CAT 602 Internship II (1)
CAT 603 Adv Internship I (2)
CAT 604 Adv Internship II (2)

ONE ELECTIVE (3 CREDITS)
CAT 510 Treatment of Trauma (3)
CAT 615 Spirituality in Counseling for Art Therapists (3)
CPS 510 Survey of Research Methods (3)
CPS 545 Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling (3)
CPS 562 Assessment Methods in Counseling (3)
CPS 577 Diagnosis & Treatment of Psychopathopath (3)
CPS 613 Techniques of Individual Counseling (3)
CPS 621 Crisis Intervention (3)
CPS 627 Psychopharmacology/MH Professionals (3)
CPS 637 Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
CPS 657 Issues of Grief in Counseling (3)
CPS 673 Foundations of Brief Couns Mod (3)
CPS 677 Sexual Issues in Counseling (3)
CPS 689 Advanced Seminar in REBT (3)

 Thesis (non-credit)

The academic capstone of the program is a two-part comprehensive exam in the form of a case study. This will be completed during the student’s final art therapy practicum experience (CAT 604). The first part involves a written treatment plan for an art therapy case generated from the practicum site with an actual client; the second involves an oral defense/presentation of the case to a committee of art therapy faculty members. Students will be expected to demonstrate competency in fundamental principles of art therapy practice.

  Transfer of Graduate Credit

Caldwell University may accept the transfer of six credits of graduate work in counseling, art therapy or a closely related field, provided the credits were completed within five years of the student’s graduate registration at Caldwell University. Official transcripts of previous graduate work as well as the catalog description of each course must be submitted for review at the time of application. Each request for transfer credit will be reviewed by the Program Coordinators. Approval of transfer credit is based on course content and grade earned in the course.

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If you have any further questions please send us an email at graduate@caldwell.edu