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Department of Art Therapy Counseling

Established in 1986, our MA in Art Therapy Counseling has been approved by the American Art Therapy Association since 1991. Truly, the art therapy counseling program at Marylhurst University is the only program of its kind in Oregon.

Initially, art therapy was used with children and adults with severe mental illnesses. Today, it is an accepted therapeutic approach that is recognized as effective with a broad range of clients.

The Marylhurst program is designed to prepare you to work as team members in facilities that provide therapeutic and counseling services, such as community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, therapeutic schools, day programs and residential treatment programs. If you are already working in the field, we offer workshops and electives that may be taken for continuing education credit.

Our graduates are highly desired by employers and can choose from an array of career paths because they have rigorous training in both counseling and art. They are skillful in leading groups and developing action-oriented therapies. Our alumni have been very successful in finding positions; some have been offered jobs before they even graduate.

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Greg Crosby Presents at National Conference

Greg Crosby, art therapy counseling faculty, will lead a workshop on cognitive behavioral group therapy at the American Group Psychotherapy Association national conference in Boston in March 2014.

Sharon Evers Provides 'Colorful Therapy'

Art therapy alum Sharon Evers and her organization, Face in the Mirror Counseling, coordinated an art therapy project at an assisted living care facility - resulting in a mural that now graces the residents' dining area.

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May 17, 2014

Art Therapy Counseling Programs Information Session

You are invited to meet members of the Art Therapy Counseling faculty and learn more about the MA in Art Therapy Counseling program at Marylhurst U...

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June 13, 2014

Hooding Ceremonies: Master's Degree Candidates

The Hooding Ceremony provides a special focus on advanced degree candidates and their accomplishments. Each graduate department will organize a h...

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