Marylhurst’s M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling was ranked in the top 4 programs in the country by BestCounselingDegrees.net. Programs approved by the American Art Therapy Association were ranked by affordability.
Marylhurst’s 90-credit program in art therapy counseling was also recognized for flexibility in time to complete. While the coursework can be completed in 21 months, students can take llonger if they prefer a slower pace. Also notable are the summer workshops Marylhurst offers for individuals who are interested in the field of art therapy and wish to learn more before applying to the program, as well as licensed professionals seeking continuing education credits. The program follows a cohort model, with small class sizes, allowing for students to get to know one another and support each other throughout the program. Graduates are prepared to pursue licensure as a professional counselor, credentialing as board-certified art therapist, and credentialing as a national board-certified counselor.
In order to become a professional and certified art therapist, students need to graduate from a master’s program approved by the the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Approval by the AATA means that the the college or university offering the program is regionally accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and that the program offering the degree has met strict educational standards developed by the AATA Educational Program Approval Board. In order to become a registered art therapist (ATR), students will need to graduate from an accredited program and then go on to complete post-graduate clinical hours under the direct supervision of a credentialed art-therapist. Graduates can obtain credentialing as a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC), the highest credential in art therapy, after successfully completing the national examination. Many programs, including Marylhurst’s, also prepare graduates for licensure as a professional counselor. Licensing requirements vary by state; consult the licensing board of the state you plan to practice in for specific requirements.
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