This certificate is designed for applicants with a master’s or doctoral degree in a related field such as counseling, psychology or social work who are not seeking a second master’s degree, but are seeking professional preparation in art therapy.
Art therapy certificate students have completed coursework and have demonstrated competency in the areas of theories of counseling, social and cultural foundations of counseling, diagnostic appraisal and testing, career counseling, research and ethics. These knowledge areas are integrated with new learning within the certificate program.
Learning outcomes, admission procedures and prerequisite courses are the same for certificate and master’s degree applicants. Certificate students take the core art therapy courses (62 credits). The practicum entails 720 hours.
An art therapy faculty member assists the certificate student to develop a program plan. In some cases, previously earned credits may be transferred and applied towards the certificate, thereby reducing the number of required classes.
For detailed application instructions, please contact the Office of Admissions.
- Marylhurst University Application for Admission
- Official, sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Minimum GPA for graduate admission is 3.00
- Student must have advanced degree (master’s or doctorate) in counseling, psychology, social work, or related field
- 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
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing the certificate in art therapy 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:
- Understand and integrate contemporary theories from the fields of counseling, psychology and art therapy.
- Demonstrate excellence in scholarship.
- Demonstrate the ability to assess clients’ strengths and problems in multiple domains of functioning.
- Competently apply their studies in psychopathology, testing and diagnostic appraisal.
- Develop theoretically sound clinical treatment plans and goals based upon developmental theories, clients’ age, diagnosis, functional abilities and the treatment setting.
- Demonstrate appropriate verbal counseling skills with individuals and groups.
- Demonstrate advanced-level skills in integrating media and creative processes in assessment and treatment.
- Demonstrate understanding of, and sensitivity to, diverse cultural backgrounds and values. Present self in a way that communicates respect of these factors.
- Demonstrate familiarity with historical and contemporary research in the fields of counseling and art therapy. Graduates will have designed and carried out a research project in an area of interest.
- Recognize ethical dilemmas in professional practice and know the appropriate steps to take in working towards resolution in a responsible and conscientious way.
- 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.