M.A. in Art Therapy/Counseling
- American Art Therapy Association Approved Program since 1998
- Curriculum and Degree prepares graduates for licensure as a Professional Art Therapist and as a Counselor
- 91 quarter units (equivalent to approx. 60 semester units)
- Practicum (your first client experience) happens within our own Southwestern Counseling Center with faculty guidance and supervision
- Internships can take place in any state
- Capstone Projects
- Transformational, experiential learning approach shared by faculty and students
- Full-time two year program: part-time program available
Our students work with diverse clients from all over northern New Mexico. Besides doing outpatient work with local children, adolescents and adults, our students may choose to work with clients from social service agencies, inpatient settings, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, shelters, detention centers, open studios and outdoor/equine centers. The possibilities for developing clinical and art-based skills are endless. Because of our students’ wide range of interests, we intentionally seek faculty with very diverse work experience and theoretical stances. We don’t teach “one way” of doing art therapy or counseling. We encourage you to learn and experience such richness and variety here that you BECOME an art therapist and counselor from the inside, out.
There is a sense of genuine community within the school that is nourished by faculty, administration and students. You are invited and encouraged to come out to the art therapy studio where the sense of community is particularly strong as we informally make art, talk together and explore our creativity. During Portfolio Review, Students also share a review of significant artwork that they created during the first year. This is an opportunity for students to informally share their experiences from first year, with art therapy faculty, through their own imagery.
All Master’s degree students are required to fulfill a personal therapy requirement of 40 face-to-face hours with a mental health professional licensed in New Mexico. The experience of being a client teaches Art Therapy/Counseling students about the nature of the therapeutic relationship, including an appreciation of the emotional life of the client. The experience also provides an opportunity for personal growth that strengthens emotional balance and therapeutic skills.
It is an exciting time to join us and we encourage you to contact the Admissions Office to discuss in greater detail how you can launch your career in art therapy. For inspirational stories about “Where SWC Graduates Work”, click here! (This could be you…)
Deborah Schroder, M.S., ATR-BC, LPAT Read full bio
Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program
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