“Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences, enhance cognitive abilities, and enjoy the life affirming pleasures of making art.” ~ American Art Therapy Association
Adler Graduate School’s unique course program integrates Adlerian theory and technique into the creative and expressive realm of art therapy. It will allow students to get specialized training in art therapy theory and practice that is integrated into either a 63 credit clinical education in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) track, a 69 credit Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) track or a 81 credit Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor track (LPCC). The art therapy component consists of 8 courses (24 credits) of required art therapy content areas that are taught by Registered Art Therapists (ATR). The field work component consists of a supervised 100 hour practicum and a supervised 600 hour internship of which 350 hours must be direct client art therapy service. Students participate in 5.5 credits of group (max 8 participants) clinical instruction/supervision lead by an ATR and .5 credit of individual ATR supervision. Students are required to have a minimum of one (1) hour of individual supervision for every ten (10) hours of client contact.
The Art Therapy Program is designed to meet the educational standards of the American Art Therapy Association. It will prepare students to work as Art Therapists and prepare for licensure as either a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Professional Counselor (LPC/LPCC). Graduates will be eligible to apply to become a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) after completing post-degree work experience and supervision.
Coursework will utilize experiential and didactic methods of teaching to help students learn the essentials of art therapy theory and techniques with clients. Students will learn methods applicable for individuals, families and groups within a variety of work settings.
Principles of Research
Basic Counseling Skills
Introduction to Adlerian Psychology and Child Guidance
Comparative Theories of Personality & Psychotherapy
Values, Ethics, Legalities in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Ethical Issues in Art Therapy
Foundations of Art Therapy
Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Group Art Therapy
Art Therapy Assessment
Art Therapy: Media Exploration
Art Therapy with Special Populations
Multicultural Art Therapy
Integrative Approaches to Family Art Therapy
Practicum in Art Therapy
Internship in Art Therapy
Internship in Art Therapy
Individual Clinical Instruction
ART THERAPY INTERNSHIP LOG
Craig Balfany, ATR-BC
Art Therapy Program Directorcraig.email@example.com
In addition to the Adler Graduate School’s standard admission criteria, additional requirements are needed to enroll in the Art Therapy Program.
Art Therapy Program pre-requisites include:
To provide and increase educational opportunities for Adler art therapy students, allowing them to demonstrate clinical competency in Adlerian and art therapy skills and, ultimately, to deliver quality, healing services to the community at large.
The Adler Art Therapy Studio (AATS) consists of a well equipped 900 square foot art therapy studio. The space can accommodate groups of up to 18 participants, yet is intimate enough for families and individual sessions.
The AATS will additionally provide opportunities for professional development and continuing education to art therapy and creative arts therapy practitioners.
The Adler Art Therapy Studio has partnered with:
Craig Balfany, ATR-BCcraig.firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Balfany, ATR-BCcraig.email@example.com
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