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Post-graduate Certificates

In addition to its esteemed master's program, Marylhurst offers several programs for degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking art therapy students.

Post-graduate Certificate in Art Therapy
Post-graduate Certificate in Counseling
Continuing Education

Post-graduate Certificate in Art Therapy

This certificate is designed for applicants with a master's or doctoral degree in a related field such as counseling, psychology, or social work who are not seeking a second master's degree.

Art therapy certificate students have completed coursework and have demonstrated competency in the areas of: Theories of counseling, social and cultural foundations of counseling, diagnostic appraisal and testing, career counseling, research and ethics. These knowledge areas are integrated with new learning within the certificate program.

Learning outcomes, admission procedures, and prerequisite courses are the same for certificate and master's degree applicants. Certificate students take all core art therapy courses (62 credits). The practicum entails 720 hours.

An art therapy program adviser assists the certificate student to develop a program plan, and in some cases, previously earned credits may be transferred and applied towards the certificate, thereby reducing the number of required classes.

Estimated costs are:

  • Tuition*: (62 credits) = $37,766
  • Books and supplies ($50 per credit) = $3,100
  • TOTAL = $39.866

*Calculated at the current 2013-14 tuition rate.

Occupational Profile on O*NET
(29-1129: Therapists, All Other)

Certificate Disclosure Template

Post-graduate Certificate in Counseling

This certificate is designed for professional art therapists pursuing some of the courses required for licensure in Oregon as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Certificate students build knowledge in specific areas of counseling. This 20-credit program includes professional development courses in counseling and psychotherapy assessment, research methods and lifestyle/career development. 


  1. Understand and integrate contemporary theories from the fields of counseling, psychology and art therapy.
  2. Demonstrate excellence in scholarship.
  3. Competently apply their studies in psychopathology, testing and diagnostic appraisal.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of, and sensitivity to, diverse cultural backgrounds and values. Present self in a way that communicates respect of these factors.
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with historical and contemporary research in the fields of counseling and art therapy. Graduates will have designed and carried out a research project in an area of interest.
  6. Recognize ethical dilemmas in professional practice and know the appropriate steps to take in working towards resolution in a responsible and conscientious way.

Formal application must be made to participate in this certificate program; however, AT 501, AT 503, and AT 505 may be taken without admission to the certificate program, with permission of the department chairperson. A master's degree is required.

Applicants are required to submit a certificate program application with the non-refundable fee, three letters of reference, a statement of intent, a résumé, and transcripts verifying completion of an M.A. degree in Art Therapy Counseling or closely related clinical field, including a four-credit graduate-level course in psychopathology. Miller Analogies Test scores are requested of certificate applicants.

Those with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Marylhurst University need only submit a certificate program application with the non-refundable fee, a résumé, and a letter requesting admission to the certificate program.

NOTE: To obtain information about state licensure requirements, students must contact the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, Salem, Oregon. Completion of the Counseling Certificate does not ensure licensure.

Occupational Profile on O*NET
(21-1014: Mental Health Counselors)

Certificate Disclosure Template

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits are available for counselors and teachers who seek re-certification, professionals who want to learn about expressive therapies and practicing art therapists who need additional training. The National Board for Certified Counselors recognizes Marylhurst's continuing education for counselors.

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