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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

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Art Therapy Counseling, M.A.



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Art therapy is a dynamic and growing profession, blending a passion for being of service with the creative power of art. Marylhurst University’s art therapy admissions committee is seeking applicants with well-developed art skills, academic competence, and the personality attributes and interpersonal skills that indicate an aptitude for the profession.

Career Paths

Our program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Oregon. Graduates of our program can earn credentials as board-certified art therapists and as national board-certified counselors. In many states, graduates may become licensed as professional counselors. Most graduates find employment as team members in facilities such as community mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, therapeutic schools, and day and residential treatment programs for clients with mental illnesses. Some graduates choose to work in residences or day programs serving people with memory problems, or in correctional settings.

Applying for Admission

Students must complete the following prerequisite coursework prior to entry in the program:

  • A minimum of 27 crs. in art, distributed among painting, drawing, and sculpture.
  • 18 crs. in psychology, including 6 crs. of general psychology: Abnormal Psychology, Human Development, and Theories of Personality or Research Methods.

Admission Requirements

For detailed application instructions, please contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Marylhurst University Application for Admission
  • Official, sealed transcripts from each college or university where a degree was earned
    • Minimum GPA for graduate admission is 3.00
    • Student must have conferred bachelor’s degree before starting the program
    • Additional transcripts may be required to show proof of program pre-requisites
  • Résumé, including experience working with people (minimum 300 hours volunteer or paid)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Art portfolio
  • Recommendations (2)
  • Students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) lower than 3.0 are required to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the GRE and earn a score in 50th percentile.
  • Admissions interview with department faculty

Application Deadline and Process

The priority deadline for Fall admissions is January 31st. Later applications may be submitted and will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the admissions committee.

Background Check

Applicants who are admitted and wish to enroll will be asked to submit their information for a criminal background check at their expense. Details will be supplied with the admission decision.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 12 transfer credits may be applied toward the degree with department approval.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling will demonstrate entry level professional understanding of counseling/art therapy theories, and competence in practical application of these theories within clinical settings.

They will be able to:

  1. Understand and integrate contemporary theories from the fields of counseling, psychology and art therapy.
  2. Demonstrate excellence in scholarship.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to assess clients’ strengths and problems in multiple domains of functioning.
  4. Competently apply their studies in psychopathology, testing and diagnostic appraisal.
  5. Develop theoretically sound clinical treatment plans and goals based upon developmental theories, treatment setting, and the client’s age, diagnosis, and functional abilities.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate verbal counseling skills with individuals and groups.
  7. Demonstrate advanced level skills in integrating art media and creative processes in assessment and treatment.
  8. Demonstrate understanding of, and sensitivity to, diverse cultural backgrounds and values. Present self in a way that communicates respect of these factors.
  9. Demonstrate familiarity with historical and contemporary research in the fields of counseling and art therapy. 
  10. Recognize ethical dilemmas in professional practice and know the appropriate steps to take in working towards resolution in a responsible and conscientious way.
  11. Show evidence of a high level of self-awareness, ethics and professionalism in communicating with clients, other practitioners, supervisors and the broader community. Students will act in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity and competence avoiding even any appearance of impropriety while working and when in the community at large.

Program Requirements


A maximum of six credits of coursework with C or C+ grades may be applied towards the degree. Grades of C- or lower may not be applied toward any program requirement.

Total for the Degree: 90 credits


Two-Year Program Plan


Second Year


During this year, students complete 720 hours of practicum in a clinical setting, and attend a weekly supervision seminar. Students must be in good standing academically to continue in practicum seminars and related courses.

Three-Year Program Plan


Third Year


During this year, students complete 720 hours of practicum in a clinical setting and attend a weekly supervision seminar. Students must be in good standing academically to continue in practicum seminars and related courses.

Four-Year Program Plan


Fourth Year


During this year, students complete 720 hours of practicum in a clinical setting and attend a weekly supervision seminar. Students must be in good standing academically to continue in practicum seminars and related courses.

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