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 Courses (24 credits)

  • CAT 501 History and Development of Art Therapy (3)
  • CAT 504 Counseling Theory and Practice for Art Therapists I (3)
  • CAT 505 Counseling Theory and Practice for Art Therapists II (3)
  • CAT 507 Art Therapy Methods in Counseling (3)
  • CAT 509 Cultural Diversity in Counseling for Art Therapists (3)
  • CAT 607 Art-based Assessment in Counseling (3)
  • CAT 612 Counseling with Children and Adolescents for Art Therapists (3)
  • CAT 617 Group Dynamics in Counseling for Art Therapists (3)

Required Practicum Experience in Art Therapy (6 credits — 700 Hours)

  • CAT 601 Internship in Mental Health/Art Therapy I (1)
  • CAT 602 Internship in Mental Health/Art Therapy II (1)
  • CAT 603 Advanced Internship in Mental Health/Art Therapy I (2)
  • CAT 604 Advanced Internship in Mental Health/Art Therapy II (2)

Approved Electives (6 credits with advisement)

  • CPS 510   Research Methods (3)
  • CPS 577  Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology

  • CPS 578  Assessment Methods in Counseling
  • CAT 615  Spirituality in Counseling for Art Therapists (3)

  • CAT 640 Advanced Studio in Art Therapy (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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