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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Creative Arts Therapy - Art Therapy Program


A Creative Arts Therapy Program embedded in a psychotherapeutic orientation prepares students educated in art or music to be effective and ethical professionals specializing in the fields of Art Therapy or Music Therapy. Art therapy graduate students study alongside Music Therapy graduate students in a psychotherapy-focused curriculum that prepares them to be effective and ethical mental health professionals who are capable of applying intellectual strength, ethics, and aesthetic values in the treatment of individuals, groups, and families. The programs are committed to developing people who are capable of applying intellectual strength, ethics, and aesthetic values in the treatment of individuals, groups, and families.

Licensure and Credential Information

The M.S. in Creative Arts Therapy is a New York State licensure-qualifying program, fulfilling the educational component required to become a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. The Art Therapy program at Nazareth University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE). Students enrolled in the program will complete a minimum of 700 hours of internship with a minimum of 350 hours in direct client contact and all the necessary educational training required to begin the process toward registration (ATR - art therapist registered). Registration is awarded by the ATCB (Art Therapy Credentialing Board) after a student completes 1000 paid hours of direct client contact post graduation, and passing a credentialing exam.

Accreditation contact information: 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 148
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Program Director, Art Therapy
Emily Genovese, ATR-BC, LCAT
(585) 389-2375
ekrenic0@naz.edu

Entry Requirements for Art Therapy Program

  1. Completed Online Application
  2. Completion of the professional statement as described on the application
    • Admissions Essay Directions: Submit a typewritten, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font, essay with your application. Please write a three-page response that summarizes the following questions.
    1. What are your reasons for being interested in art therapy? What are your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in creative arts therapy with a specialization in art therapy at this time? What are your professional and educational goals?
    2. How has your academic, practical, and life experience prepared you for becoming an art therapist? Have you had any experience in the mental health field? If so, please describe.
    3. What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses in becoming an art therapist? What do you consider will be your potential areas of growth in becoming an art therapist?
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Applicants must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a “B” average in the major field by the start date of the desired term. Prior coursework must include 18 credits in studio art and 12 credit hours in psychology. It is preferred that six out of the 12 credit hours in psychology be in Introduction to Psychology or General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology.
      • Applicants who do not meet these grade point average expectations must address them in their professional statement; please see the Professional Statement section of the admissions application for further information.
  4. Submission of an electronic portfolio (uploaded into the online application): 20 images indicating competency in two and three-dimensional work. Artwork should be titled with descriptions.
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Resume
  7. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted by the departmental admissions committee.

Application Deadlines for the Creative Arts Therapy Program:
Art Therapy (fall start only): January 15
Applications received after the deadline will be processed on a space-available basis.

Creative Arts Therapy Core (24 credits)


Grade of B or higher required for PSY*535 and CAT*677.

Art Therapy Program Courses (30 credits)


Grade of B or higher required for ATR 501, ATR 502, ATR 506 and ATR 508.

TOTAL CREDITS: 60


Course Sequencing


ART THERAPY COURSE SEQUENCING FOR FULL TIME STUDY
FALL SEMESTER - YEAR 1 SPRING SEMESTER - YEAR 1
PSY 534 Psychopathology of Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood   3  ATR 501 Art Therapy & Counseling Practicum and Internship I   2
PSY 535 Principles and Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy    3  ATR 522 Assessment Diagnosis and Counseling   3
CAT 050 Child Abuse Workshop   0  ATR 642 Group Art Therapy & Counseling Technique   3
ATR 528 Art Therapy: Theories, Practice and Counseling    3  CAT 677 Methods and Research   3
ATR 650 Methods and Materials in Art Therapy    3    
Total Semester Credits 12 Total Semester Credits 11
 
SUMMER A - YEAR 1 SUMMER B - YEAR 1
HHS 651 Introduction to Trauma   3 CAT 500 Human Development and Assessment Across the Creative Arts Therapies   3
ATR 502 Art Therapy & Counseling Practicum and Internship II   1 Elective Course 3
CAT 660 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Creative Arts Therapy   3    
Total Semester Credits 7 Total Semester Credits 6
 
FALL SEMESTER - YEAR 2 SPRING SEMESTER - YEAR 2
CAT 530 Culminating Project Seminar I and Externship   3 ATR 537 Crisis Counseling and Art Therapy   3
ATR 508 Art Therapy and Counseling Internship IV   2 ATR 508 Art Therapy and Counseling Internship IV   3
CAT 598 Contemporary Issues in Interprofessional Team Practice   1 ATR 660 Multicultural Issues and Practice in Art Therapy   3
CAT 525 Sexual Abuse, Trauma, and Art Therapy   3 Elective Course 3
CAT 526 Family Therapy and Counseling Techniques   3    
Total Semester Credits 12 Total Semester Credits 12

 

ART THERAPY COURSE SEQUENCING FOR PART TIME STUDY (9 CREDITS)
FALL SEMESTER - YEAR 1 SPRING SEMESTER - YEAR 1
PSY 535 Principles and Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy   3 ATR 660 Multicultural Issues and Practice in Art Therapy   3
CAT 050 Child Abuse Workshop   0 ATR 522 Assessment Diagnosis and Counseling   3
ATR 528 Art Therapy: Theories, Practice and Counseling   3 ATR 642 Group Art Therapy & Counseling Technique   3
ATR 650 Methods and Materials in Art Therapy   3    
Total Semester Credits 9 Total Semester Credits 9
 
SUMMER A - YEAR 1 SUMMER B - YEAR 1
HHS 651 Introduction to Trauma   3 CAT 500 Human Development and Assessment Across the Creative Arts Therapies   3
CAT 660 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Creative Arts Therapy   3 Elective Course 3
Total Semester Credits 6 Total Semester Credits 6
 
FALL SEMESTER - YEAR 2 SPRING SEMESTER - YEAR 2
PSY 534 Psychopathology of Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood   3 CAT 677 Methods and Research   3
ATR 501 Art Therapy & Counseling Practicum and Internship I   2 ATR 502 Art Therapy & Counseling Practicum and Internship II   1
CAT 525 Sexual Abuse, Trauma, and Art Therapy   3 Elective Course 3
CAT 526 Family Therapy and Counseling Techniques   3    
Total Semester Credits 11 Total Semester Credits 7
 
SUMMER A - YEAR 2 SUMMER B - YEAR 2
Elective Course (if required) 3 Elective Course (if required) 3
   
FALL SEMESTER - YEAR 3 SPRING SEMESTER - YEAR 3
CAT 530 Culminating Project Seminar I and Externship    3 ATR 537 Crisis Counseling and Art Therapy   3
ATR 506 Art Therapy and Counseling Internship III   2 ATR 508 Art Therapy and Counseling Internship IV   3
CAT 598 Contemporary Issues in Interprofessional Team Practice   1    
Total Semester Credits 6 Total Semester Credits 6