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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy | Graduate Degree Program

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy

With a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Ottawa University, you can take an arts-based approach to counseling and psychotherapy that integrates various expressive disciplines to assist individuals in self-expression and self-discovery. Expressive arts therapy for children and adults has been effective when traditional counseling may not reach certain individuals.

Designed for practicing professionals who wish to become a licensed professional counselor, our expressive arts therapy courses will teach you how to use artistic experiences to aid health, healing, human growth and development with a wide variety of populations and ages.

Expressive therapy skills in visual arts, movement, drama, music and writing can be powerful tools when used to foster deep personal and community development.

Ottawa University offers an Expressive Arts Therapy certificate in Arizona designed to help you pursue the art therapy career you want. Upon completion, you may seek jobs that require art therapy certifications, such as:

  • Art therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Social worker
  • Counselor
  • And more

For more information on our CAGS in Expressive Art Therapy or any of Ottawa University's certificate programs, contact us today.

Requirements for art therapy certifications/licenses vary state to state. Students are responsible for checking the requirements for their respective states.


Expressive Arts Therapy is offered at the following locations.

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Online

Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Courses

Requires a minimum of 18 semester credit hours

Expressive Arts Therapies | PYC 8132
Examines theories, techniques and applications of play, art, music, dance and other expressive therapeutic approaches.

Application and Integration of Expressive Arts Therapies | PYC 8172
Integration of counseling foundational coursework and art applications and approaches. Content from individual and group counseling, human development, multicultural awareness, abnormal behavior, assessment and professional ethics and practice. Multi-arts expressions include, but are not limited to, art, play, music, dance/movement, drama, and writing.

Principles, Techniques and Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy | PYC 8312
Examines principles and techniques for clinical practice of art therapy in residential, out-patient and private practice settings. Includes potential in art for the development of emotional, social, perceptual and cognitive strengths in children and adults.

Clinical Issues in Expressive Arts Therapy | PYC 8342
Advanced study of Expressive Arts Therapy assessment, treatment planning and techniques as applied to selected client disorders and issues in education and clinical practice.

Advanced Special Topics: Counseling | PYC 8552
Advanced elective graduate topics in the field of Counseling.

Field Placement | PYF 8600 
Course designed to develop counseling skills through practical application in a counseling setting. Students work under the direct supervision of an approved onsite supervisor and faculty supervisor. Classroom component allows student to share learning experiences from placement activiites as well as guide the integration and synthesization of learned knowledge into practical application.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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