Marion Flanary, art therapy alum, exhibits her paintings at Manic Moon and More in Spokane, Wash., where she also works as a spiritual counselor.
Hear what some of our alumni say about the MA in Art Therapy Counseling program — and what they're now doing with their education.
"The Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling program offers a rich classroom-learning environment filled with experiential learning opportunities interwoven within a strong clinical foundation. This program was an experience for me that fostered lasting connections with fellow students and faculty members. The skills and knowledge I received have afforded me the opportunity to work in settings such as intensive community-based outpatient programs and currently as an art therapist in a therapeutic school. I'm able to bring the creative process of art making to students daily, thus witnessing the healing power of art therapy."
— Catherine Stover, MA, ATR, 2009
"Marylhurst's art therapy counseling program was created by, and continues to be run by, people who are very conscientious and passionate about this field. I believe that the program reflects their strong ethics, clinical expertise, inspired creativity, and desire to help others. I also found that the program attracts students who share these values. The result is a learning community that is extremely challenging, inspiring, confidence-building and richly creative. My position in a community mental health agency as an art therapist, group leader and counselor directly evolved from my practicum year. It is fascinating and rewarding work and I wouldn't be there without the Marylhurst program."
— Steve Hohenboken, MA, MFA, QMHP, 2011
"The art therapy counseling program at Marylhurst exceeded my hopes and expectations. I chose Marylhurst because I knew it was a rigorous program, with small class sizes, high academic standards and a strong emphasis on clinical skills. But what I hadn't expected, was just how invested the faculty would be in helping students grow as individuals and develop their identity as art therapists. I found that the clinical skills I learned in the classroom and through practicum experiences during my time at Marylhurst made me very well prepared to enter the professional world and continue to be highly relevant in my daily work as an art therapist."
— Amy Swallow, MA, ATR, 2008
"Marylhurst University's graduate program for art therapy counseling is well-developed, thorough and respected by those in the field of art therapy. With top-notch instructors who truly care about the well-being of the students, hands-on internship experience, and creative, fun and intelligent peers, choosing to attend Marylhurst University helped me to achieve my dreams. Immediately after graduation I was able to find full-time employment as a rehabilitation therapist in California. This year I enrolled in a doctoral program. I am so grateful for my time at Marylhurst University. My graduate degree in art therapy counseling substantially propelled my life and career forward."
— Serena Duckrow, MA, ATR-BC, 2009