Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy Art Therapy

“Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences, enhance cognitive abilities, and enjoy the life affirming pleasures of making art.” ~ American Art Therapy Association

In addition to the Adler Graduate School’s standard admission criteria, specific requirements are needed to enroll in the Art Therapy Program.

Art Therapy Program prerequisites:

  • All applicants are required to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or have the equivalent academic preparation from an institution outside of the United States.
  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 18 semester credit hours (or 27 quarter credit hours) in studio art, which must include drawing, painting and clay work.
  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency and disciplined commitment in art making by presenting an art portfolio of their original work.  Equivalency of non-academic studio art experience or art therapy-based course work may be taken into account on a limited basis.
  • A minimum of 3 credits in psychology. Additional psychology content areas (developmental and abnormal) will be taken as a part of the graduate program.
  • A portfolio review will be conducted as a part of the interview. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 15 to 20 images that reflect their technical and creative skills with drawing, painting, and clay media. Additional media and art processes may be included to demonstrate additional skills and experiences. The portfolio may be presented via a digital format and/or the presentation of actual art works. 
  • An in-person or virtual interview with Art Therapy Program faculty.

The Art Therapy Program’s minimum expectations are: “To prepare competent entry level art therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains” (CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Art Therapy, 2016, p. 3)

Art Therapy/Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling (MCFC) Track

Adler Graduate School’s unique course program integrates Adlerian theory and technique into the creative and expressive realm of art therapy.  The program allows students to get specialized training in art therapy theory and practice that is integrated into a 69 credit clinical education track in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling. With the completion of post-graduate field experience hours and supervision the graduate would be eligible to obtain licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Minnesota.  The art therapy component consists of 28 credits of required art therapy content areas that are taught by Registered, Board-Certified, Art Therapists (ATR-BC). The field experience component consists of a supervised 100 hour practicum and a supervised 600 hour internship of which 350 hours must be direct client art therapy service, and 150 must be documented as relational hours. Students are enrolled in 1 credit of Introduction to the Art Therapy Field Experience and 5 credits of group (max 8 participants) supervision led by an ATR-BC.Students are required to have a minimum of one (1) hour of individual supervision for every ten (10) hours of client contact.

The Art Therapy Program is designed to meet the educational standards of the American Art Therapy Association. The program prepares students to work as Art Therapists and the education required to apply for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Graduates will be eligible to apply for the Provisional Registered Art Therapist Credential (ATR-P) then progress toward the Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist Credential (ATR-BC) after completing post-degree work experience, supervision and Board Certification Exam.

Art Therapy/MCFC Course Requirements

500Principles of Research and Program Evaluation

3

504Abnormal Psychology & DSM 5

3

505Developmental Psychology

3

511Foundations of Adlerian Psychology

3

512Introduction to Professional Writing and Portfolio

2

513Comparative Theories of Personality & Psychotherapy

3

521.5Values, Ethics & Legalities in Art Therapy

3

525Essential Interviewing Skills

3

528Didactic (Individual)

0

529Didactic (Group)

0

533Clinical Assessment

3

537Adv Approaches to Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills

3

541Theories of Family Therapy

3

542Couples Counseling

3

551Foundations of Art Therapy

3

552Art Therapy for Children & Adolescents

3

553Group Art Therapy

3

555Art Therapy Assessment

3

556Art Therapy Studio: Media Exploration

3

558Multicultural Art Therapy

3

559Integrative Approaches to Family Art Therapy

3

566Integrative Approaches to Art Therapy and Neuroscience in the Treatment of Trauma

3

604.4Portfolio Defense - Art Therapy

1

Art Therapy/Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track

Adler Graduate School’s unique course program integrates Adlerian theory and technique into the creative and expressive realm of art therapy.  The program allows students to get specialized training in art therapy theory and practice that is integrated into a 72 credit education track in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. With the completion of post-graduate experience hours and supervision the graduate would be eligible to obtain licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).  The art therapy component consists of 28 credits of required art therapy content areas that are taught by Registered, Board-Certified Art Therapists (ATR-BC). The field work component consists of a supervised 100 hour practicum and a supervised 600 hour internship of which 350 hours must be direct client art therapy service.  Students are enrolled in 1 credit of Introduction to the Art Therapy Field Experience and 5 credits of group (max 8 participants) clinical instruction/supervision led by an ATR-BC faculty. Students are required to have a minimum of one (1) hour of individual supervision for every ten (10) hours of client contact.

The Art Therapy Program is designed to meet the educational standards of the American Art Therapy Association. The program will prepare students to work as Art Therapists and the education required to apply for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Graduates will be eligible to apply for the Provisional Registered Art Therapist Credential (ATR-P) then progress toward the Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist Credential (ATR-BC) after completing post-degree work experience and supervision.

Coursework will utilize experiential and didactic methods of teaching to help students learn the essentials of art therapy theory and techniques with clients. Students will learn methods applicable for individuals, families and groups within a variety of work settings.

Required Courses

500Principles of Research and Program Evaluation

3

504Abnormal Psychology & DSM 5

3

505Developmental Psychology

3

511Foundations of Adlerian Psychology

3

512Introduction to Professional Writing and Portfolio

2

513Comparative Theories of Personality & Psychotherapy

3

521.5Values, Ethics & Legalities in Art Therapy

3

525Essential Interviewing Skills

3

528Didactic (Individual)

0

529Didactic (Group)

0

533Clinical Assessment

3

536Clinical Treatment Planning in Counseling & Psychotherapy

3

537Adv Approaches to Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills

3

541Theories of Family Therapy

3

551Foundations of Art Therapy

3

552Art Therapy for Children & Adolescents

3

553Group Art Therapy

3

555Art Therapy Assessment

3

556Art Therapy Studio: Media Exploration

3

558Multicultural Art Therapy

3

559Integrative Approaches to Family Art Therapy

3

562Foundations of Career Development

3

566Integrative Approaches to Art Therapy and Neuroscience in the Treatment of Trauma

3

604.4Portfolio Defense - Art Therapy

1

Field Experience

For both tracks, students will need 1 credit of 956 Introduction to Field Experience, 1 credit of 957 Practicum and 4 credits of 958 Internship. 700 total hours.
956Introduction to Field Experience

1

957Practicum in Art Therapy

1

958Internship in Art Therapy

1

Plus an additional 3 credits from the list below

557.1Art Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

1

557.2Art Therapy with Sexual Abusers

1

557.3Art Therapy with Older Adults

1

557.4Art Therapy and Spirituality

1

557.6Art Therapy and the Psychosocial Impact of Cancer

1

557.8Art Therapy and the Autism Spectrum

1

557.9Art Therapy Grief and Loss

1

557.10Art Therapy with Veterans and Military Families

1

557.11Art Therapy for Addictions

1