Expressive Arts Therapy degree overview

Master of Arts in Counseling: Expressive Arts Therapy

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Learn how to use artistic experiences in the service of health, healing, human growth and development with a Master of Arts in Counseling:  Expressive Arts Therapy degree. Expressive arts therapy is an interdisciplinary, arts-based approach to counseling and psychotherapy that integrates various art disciplines to assist individuals in self-expression and self-discovery. The Expressive Arts Therapy concentration within Ottawa University’s Master of Arts in Counseling program teaches students to develop clinical skills with therapeutic art. As one of our counseling degree program concentrations, Expressive Arts Therapy curriculum will help you understand the principles and techniques for clinical practice of expressive art therapy in residential, outpatient and private practice settings; integration of counseling foundational course work and art applications and approaches; and theories, techniques and applications of play, art, music, dance and other expressive therapeutic approaches.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling:  Expressive Arts Therapy graduates find their background and training in expressive arts therapy are deeply appreciated and sought after by employers. Incorporating expressive arts therapy with counseling offers efficient and effective ways of working with a wide variety of populations and age ranges.

For more information about Ottawa University's EAT Concentration, contact:

Paula Artac, D.Min, ATR-BC
Professor in Charge
Ottawa University - Phoenix

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

For learn more about Expressive Arts Therapy:

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration Courses

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

Applications and Integration of Expressive Arts | 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 Practice in 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 | 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 in Counseling | PYC 8552
Advanced elective graduate topics in the field of Counseling.

Master of Arts in Counseling Required Courses

Graduate Counseling Seminar in Clinical Foundations | PYF 7001
Provides an overview addressing necessary foundations in the content areas of abnormal psychology,
developmental psychology, and theories of personality. Introduction to APA style and format.

Counseling Theories | PYC 7922
Examination of theories of personality development and therapeutic processes. Consideration of techniques for counseling applications and professional consultation.

Social/Cultural Concerns in Counseling | PYC 7422
Study of social, cultural and gender differences and issues related to counseling clients with various backgrounds, beliefs and concerns. Includes multicultural counseling techniques.

Counseling and the Helping Professions | PYF 7132
Examines counseling process, instruction and practice in communication skills in counseling, history, development and practice of counseling as a profession, and how and where counseling is provided.

Human Growth and Development | PYC 7832
Examination of psychological, social, intellectual, and physical influences on the development of personality and behavior patterns in children, adolescents and adults.

Group Counseling and Dynamics | PYC 7932
Theories of group counseling. Includes techniques of observation, assessment and leadership in therapeutic groups.

Methods and Models of Research | PYF 7162
Examination of models of research and application of scientific methods to investigate, analyze, and develop solutions relative to current issues in the field.

Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling | PYF 8012
Study of ethical, legal and professional concerns in the practice of counseling.

Psychological Testing | PYC 7802
Examines use of standardized tests to study individuals, including test development, selection, administration and interpretation. Includes educational and mental health applications.

Life Planning and Career Development | PYC 7822
Focus on theory, research, techniques and tools used in life planning, transitions and career development.

Theory/Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling | PYC 8112
Examination of traditional and contemporary theories of family systems and approaches to marriage and family counseling.

Advanced Psychodiagnostic and Treatment Planning | PYC 8040
As a preparation for Clinical Internship, students will expand their knowledge of the multi-axial system, DSM-5 diagnostic categories, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning. Emphasis will also be placed on the clinical interview and other initial assessment techniques, as well as skills critical to selecting and evaluating treatment options.

Intro to Substance Addictions and Related Disorders | PYC 8142
Introduction to patterns, causes, assessment and treatment of substance abuse and other addictive disorders. Student begins preparation of required portfolio.

Internship | PYF 8600, PYF 8610, PYF 8620
900 hours and seven semesters.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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