Art Therapy Program
Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology with an Emphasis in
California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) has expanded its master's level training programs to include a Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy. We are also offering a 30-unit post-master’s certificate program and a 12-unit certificate elective program in Art Therapy for mental health professionals or graduate students.
Art psychotherapy is a masters’ level mental health profession that incorporates “the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship for 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 & others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art” (American Art Therapy Association, 2010).
Our art therapy programs offer the following advantages:
- Knowledge of systemic individual, couple and family therapy
- Expertise in non-verbal expressive modes of therapy, specifically art therapy
- Enhanced clinical training with two required traineeships
- Advanced scientific knowledge in the following areas:
- The neuroscience of social relationships and child development
- Applied interpersonal neurobiology topics (e.g., attachment and affective based therapies)
- Foundations of behavioral health psychology specifically as it relates to stress disorders
- In-depth academic learning though the completion of a Masters research project or program design
- Exposure to multi-national cultures through residential international intensives and studying with national faculty and cohort
- A distributed learning format that will afford students the advantages of in-depth studies during required intensive residency sessions, as well as real-time and self-paced online learning.
Courses are delivered through a hybrid of residency requirements and online distance learning. Residency mandates require participation in two yearly residential intensives. Each 9-day Residential Intensive starts on a Saturday and ends the following Sunday. One residential experience is offered in Mexico City. The program design and implantation meets WASC and BBS Master’s level educational standards, clinical proficiencies and BBS licensure requirements for LMFTs and LPCCs. The education provided by this program is designed to meet the education standards of the American Art Therapy Association and graduates are eligible for registration and board credentialing as an Art Therapist (ATR, ATR-BC).