M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization
The Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree with art therapy specialization is a uniquely designed 63-credit program that prepares you for a career as a clinical mental health counselor with specialization in art therapy in a variety of human service settings.
The Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) and approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). The degree fulfills coursework requirements for licensure in New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and integrates the CACREP Standards for Clinical Mental Health Counselors. The Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree with art therapy specialization also fulfills coursework requirements for registration as an art therapist (ATR) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) and licensure as a Professional Art Therapist (LPAT) in NJ.
Graduate coursework is a combination of didactic and experiential teaching methods in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior and professional dispositions) learning domains. The program requires that students complete coursework, practicum, and internship experiences, and pass a written and oral comprehensive examination.
Note – The application deadlines for the M.A. in Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization are:
April 1 – Summer; June 1 – Fall; December 1 – Spring Semesters
Applications received after the posted deadline will be considered, however, depending on available class space, acceptance may be deferred.
- A completed application (on paper or online)
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2
- 15 credits in Psychology including Psychological Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Psychopathology, Human Development and either General Psychology OR Personality Theory with at least a B in each
- 18 credits in studio art including drawing, painting, and three-dimensional work with at least a B in each
- Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts
- Writing sample: Submission of a research-based paper of 5-10 pages that was previously submitted in an undergraduate psychology, graduate counseling or art therapy course. APA style preferred.
- Art portfolio of 10-15 pieces, slides, or digital copies evidencing proficiency in different media
- Two letters of recommendation, preferably from former professors or current employer
- Personal and group interviews required
A central component of Caldwell University’s counseling programs is the integration of spirituality throughout their coursework. In this context, students are prepared to competently consider the many aspects of the lives of their future clients. All master's program specializations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP – www.cacrep.org, 500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350 Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 535-5990). The clinical mental health counseling program with art therapy specialization is also approved by the American Art Therapy Association.
M.A. in Counseling
- Mental Health Counseling Specialization
- Mental Health Counseling Art Therapy Specialization
- School Counseling Specialization
Combined B.A. in Psychology/M.A. in Counseling
Post-Graduate M.A. in Art Therapy
Post-Master Director of School Counseling
Post-Master Professional Counselor Licensing Credits
Post-Master School Counseling Specialization
The art therapy counseling programs seek to prepare competent entry-level Clinical Mental Health Counselor/Art Therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, attending to the sustainment of the program guided by the CACREP and CAAHEP standards. Students participate in an active, inclusive learning environment where they foster meaning through the process of self-reflection, become scholar-practitioners, and generate new knowledge and methods. Students mature and develop competencies leading them through the transition from graduate student to a professional prepared to offer healing opportunities to members of society.
The art therapy counseling programs operationalize its mission through the program goals and objectives. The broad program goals are to attain and develop:
- Sustainability plans for the learning community
- Community Service opportunities through active involvement of faculty, students and constituents in co-curricular activities;
- Curricula Emphasizing Competency in Knowledge, Skills, and Awareness from Professional Core Content Areas and Learning Domains by developing benchmarks, remediation plans, curricula, signature assignments, comprehensive exam, and measures for professional dispositions;
- Support for students to make the transition from Student to Professional
Dr. Annette Vaccaro
Interim Program Coordinator
A Catholic Liberal Arts Education
At the core of a Caldwell education is our liberal arts curriculum, designed to guide students to critical thinking skills, appreciate diverse cultures, and acquire a moral and civic awareness.
Students develop the whole self as they absorb learning through our liberal arts core: the humanities; the physical and biological sciences, and mathematics; and the social sciences.