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MA in Art Therapy Counseling

Make a difference with art.

Our MA in Art Therapy Counseling program focuses equally on human health and recovery and art. In fact, art experiences are integrated with most of your core classes.

Combine your knowledge of visual arts and art processes with in-depth studies of psychotherapy and counseling. Use your creative work to understand theories of art therapy counseling, therapeutic relationships and your clients. While this artistic focus may differ from what you have done in the past, it will lead to the creation of authentic and aesthetically satisfying work.

Develop professional skills to prepare for clinical work.

Learn from practicing therapists who are experienced teachers.

Gain extensive experience in therapeutic settings through the art therapy field work and practicum.

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The Practicum

Students experience the clinical work environment four hours a week in the first year. The second year revolves around an intensive practicum in a clinical setting — 240 hours every term providing 12 hours of direct art therapy counseling services weekly. On-site guidance and frequent meetings with the practicum instructor and peers ensure continued professional and personal growth.

American Art Therapy Association Approval

Marylhurst's MA in Art Therapy Counseling program was established in 1986 and is the only program of its kind in Oregon. It has been approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) since 1991. The AATA's comprehensive review noted the high regard that students have for our program.

Professional Credentials

Following the completion of 1,000 hours of supervised post-master's experience, you may apply for the professional credential of Registered Art Therapist (ATR).

Upon passing the exam administered by the Art Therapy Credentials Board, National Board Certification (ATR-BC) is awarded.

Graduates are eligible to become Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP) in Oregon.

Graduates are also eligible to become Nationally Board Certified Counselors (NCC).

The master's program curriculum meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon.

Both the LPC and NCC credentials require supervised post-degree clinical experience and successful completion of an examination.

Outstanding Faculty

Our art therapy counseling faculty consists of practicing art therapists, counselors, psychologists and researchers who have chosen to enhance their personal and professional lives by making a commitment to educating the next generation of therapists. Read more about each of our distinguished faculty.


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Greg Crosby Trains Group Therapists

Greg Crosby, art therapy and human sciences faculty, taught a one-day course at the American Group Psychotherapy Association's national conference in San Francisco in February 2015.

Elsbeth Knott Presents at AATA Conference

Art therapy counseling alum Elsbeth Knott will present Art Therapy for a Traumatized Adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the American Art Therapy Association's national conference in July 2015.


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June 02, 2015 – June 30, 2015

Streff Gallery: Art Therapy Student Show

Exhibition: Works by students in the art therapy counseling program.


July 25, 2015

Graduate Programs Information Session

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August 01, 2015 – August 02, 2015

ArtBurst NorthWest at Marylhurst University

ArtBurst NorthWest, formerly the West Linn Fine Arts Festival, has evolved into a high-quality juried art show and festival, a thriving community e...



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