Art Therapy MFT Program
An Art Therapy MFT Program Specializing in Clinical Neuroscience
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.
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 program 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 Master's research project or program design
- Exposure to multi-national cultures through international intensives and studying with national faculty and cohort
- A hybrid face to face and distance learning format that will afford students the advantages of in-depth studies as well as real-time and by self-paced online learning
The master’s program is designed to meet the educational requirements and standards set out by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), to prepare students for the professional roles of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a nationally Registered Art Therapist (ATR).
Hybrid Programming: A Combination Of In-Class and Distance Learning
The program delivery method integrates online and in classroom learning and is designed to take advantage of both teaching methodologies. For most semesters students attend classes on campus one a day a week. Some semesters executive format course, such as all-day meetings, will be offered.
Fall and Spring entry options available.
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Explore the Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy and Art Therapy in more detail in the university catalog.