The MAAT courses are designed to meet the American Art Therapy Association standards and the Art Therapy Credentials Board registration guidelines. The MAAT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Required Courses

54 semester credit hours required. All courses listed.

AR 510 History and Theory of Art Therapy/Counseling
Online | 3 Credits
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History and Theory of Art Therapy explores theories, models, and strategies of art therapy, counseling, and psychology. It introduces students to the foundation for contemporary art therapy professional practice as it compares and contrasts with the fields of counseling and psychology. It provides students with an understanding of the historical development of art therapy as a profession. It introduces students to art therapy theories and techniques. Students explore the development of a professional identity as an art therapist/counselor.

Online 3 Credits
AR 511 Evaluation and Critical Thinking in Art Therapy
Online | 3 Credits
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This course will ground students in American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing and the curriculum of the MAAT program. It will introduce critical thinking skills, evaluation of art therapy programs, literature and research, and provide a basis of research understanding including: methodologies, statistics, biases and variables. Pre/corequisite: AR 510.

Online 3 Credits
AR 521 Art Therapy and Drawing Assessments
Online | 3 Credits
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This course examines fundamentals of graphic development and normal versus abnormal representations in artwork. The course introduces art therapy assessment and other projective evaluation tools. It helps students become aware of test construction, psychometric properties of art therapy assessment, and ethical issues involved in their use, and evidence-based practice. It includes exploration of practical application of art therapy techniques and rationales of media properties and formal elements within the context of assessment. Students will explore how, when, whom and for what purpose(s) art therapy assessment is used. Prerequisite: AR 510; and pre/co-requisite of CN 560.

Online 3 Credits
AR 526 Social and Cultural Issues in Art Therapy and Counseling
Online | 3 Credits
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Cultural and Social Issues provide students with the opportunity to understand the relevance of cultural competence and reflective thinking regarding the therapist’s attitudes and beliefs, knowledge, and skills. The course will be grounded within the domains of personal values, biases, and assumptions; client’s worldviews; and developing and/or implementing appropriate interventions, strategies, and techniques.

Online 3 Credits
AR 530 Foundations of Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
Online | 3 Credits
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Explores foundations of art therapy and mental health counseling through the functions of clinical treatment, symbolic expression, and media properties. The roles of art therapist and counselor will be explored including elements of advocacy, professional organizations, and working in treatment teams. Professional credentialing on both local and national levels will also be addressed. Prerequisites: AR 510 and CN 580.

Online 3 Credits
AR 594 Art Therapy Practicum
Online | 3 Credits
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This course reinforces, expands, and integrates content learned in psychopathology, assessment and foundations. As students move from observation to practice they will learn to articulate treatment and related issues in a group, art-based supervision format. In addition to clinical reflection and problem solving, students will conceptualize treatment and give case presentations incorporating their own visual imagery as a way to communicate, give support and feedback while consolidating learning. Prerequisite: AR 521 and pre/corequisite AR 530.

Online 3 Credits
CN 536 Contextual Dimensions in Clinical Mental Health Treatment
Online | 3 Credits
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Prepares students for practical clinical application in Internship I by requiring students to evaluate an existing program within a community mental health care program; research and integrate clinical approaches, techniques, and theories; and to complete written case reviews examining common therapeutic issues associated with practice including 24 diagnostic assessment, treatment planning, referral, and intervention development. In order to pass the course and advance to the clinical work of Internship I, students must receive a B or higher on their Gateway Case Review and a final grade of B or higher for the entire course. Prerequisite: AR 594.

Online 3 Credits
AR 542 Art Therapy and Counseling through Lifespan Development
Online | 3 Credits
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This course examines bio-psycho-social-spiritual and neuro human and family development with attention to creativity, identity and personality. Theories of normal development along with challenges, the impact of crisis or trauma, environmental and systemic factors for typical and atypical will be included. Students will develop appropriate competencies in art therapy and mental health counseling through the functions of clinical treatment, symbolic expression, and media properties. Prerequisite: AR 530.

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AR 562 Spirituality, Creativity, Metaphor, and Symbolism
Online | 3 Credits
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Examines the roles of creativity, symbolism, metaphor, and spirituality in art therapy theory and practice. The student will explore approaches to personal meaning making, and spiritual renewal. Theoretical perspectives of creative and spiritual development will be covered. Pre/corequisite: AR 510.

Online 3 Credits
AR 596 Internship I
Online | 3 Credits
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This is a field-based course whereby students will gain experience by engaging in supervised clinical experiences in community settings. Students will receive individual and group supervision via face-to-face sessions and electronic means. Student learning will be facilitated via readings, discussion, experiential activities, case presentations, interview analysis, DVD, video, web resources, and/or supplemental materials. A minimum of 300 clock hours must be accrued by student. Prerequisites: AR 530, AR 594. Course Fee.

Online 3 Credits
AR 597 Internship II
Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides structure and support for the student’s clinical experience and weekly group supervision. Through experience, students advance cognitive, and affective/behavioral competencies in art therapy and counseling. Students will accrue 300 to 450 hours of internship including 150 client contact hours. Prerequisite: AR 596.

Online 3 Credits
AR 581 Group Dynamics in Art Therapy and Counseling
Online | 3 Credits
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This course examines group processes and development, as well as treatment methods. The course of study includes research findings and theoretical approaches to art therapy and group counseling. The format includes group participation and supervised facilitation, discussion and independent study. Prerequisite/Corequisite: AR 530.

Online 3 Credits
AR 583 Ethics and Practice in Helping Professions
Online | 3 Credits
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Examines fundamental ethical issues, standards of professional practice, and responsible business practices. The demands of enhanced technology and the portability of patient information is researched and discussed. Client and material safety with healthcare regulations will also be covered. The course introduces students to a positive approach to ethical decision making that encourages life-long learning, wellness and self-care, as well as promoting the highest standards for clients, agencies, and communities.

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AR 590 Research Methodologies
Online | 3 Credits
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This course emphasizes the basic structures of research methodologies, literature review, and effective research proposal writing. The course encourages critical evaluation of topics, reflection on theory and practice, the consideration of social-cultural implications of research topics, and ethical practice in research. This course culminates in the completion of a research proposal and IRB application. Prerequisite: AR 530.

Online 3 Credits
AR 591 Thesis
Online | 3 Credits
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The written thesis or project is the culmination of a student's work in fulfilling the requirements for a graduate degree. The thesis project will demonstrate organized understanding of literature in the field and related fields, adherence to established research methodology, and cohesive report of findings. The thesis proposal presentation will be completed during the residency portion of this course. The practice of applied research and the development of resulting written document offer the student opportunities to demonstrate ability to incorporate theory into professional practice. Prerequisite: AR 590 and completed IRB approval.

Online 3 Credits
CN 520 Advanced Appraisal and Assessment
Online | 3 Credits
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This course will explore rationale and usage of the clinical interview and standardized tests that measure various human attributes. The course includes an overview of statistical procedures relevant to testing standardization and interpretation including psycho-metric properties, validity, and reliability. Prerequisite: AR 521.

Online 3 Credits
CN 560 Psychopathology
Online | 3 Credits
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Examines the major forms of psychopathology based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder categories. Topics include the symptomatology, etiology, developmental patterns, theories, and various creative arts treatment approaches related to various diagnostic categories. Prerequisite: CN 580.

Online 3 Credits
CN 580 Theories and Techniques of Counseling (MAAT)
Online | 3 Credits
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This course incorporates major theoretical constructs of counseling and psychological theory into the students’ creation of a therapeutic identity. Through role play and video recording students will develop skills in building the therapeutic alliance, confrontation, dealing with resistance, effective uses of various types of therapeutic interventions and termination of the therapeutic process.

Online 3 Credits

Electives

Six (6) credit hours required.

AR 512 Studio Arts for the Art Therapist
Online | 3 Credits
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This course is designed for the student to explore media properties and uses. Art knowledge and experience gained through this course prepares students for clinical practice and ethical handling of art education and art materials in art therapy. This course must be taken within the first year for students who do not have all material expertise required at admittance.

Online 3 Credits
CN 525 Supervision and Consultation in Helping Professions
Online | 3 Credits
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This course explores evidence-based foundations in the areas of clinical supervision and consultation models and theories. It covers various approaches to supervision; the supervisory versus consultation relationship; the purpose of specializations; and cultural, legal, and ethical considerations in the provision of supervision/consultation. Prerequisites: CN 560 and AR 594.

Online 3 Credits
CN 535 Community Counseling
Online | 3 Credits
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This course is based in human and community functioning and the need for preventative and restorative practices. The course identifies that counseling helps clients to identify, develop, and use a variety of resources to achieve goals; and that the desired outcomes of counseling are positive change, personal growth, and the acquisition of coping mechanisms and skills. The course examines employment settings of counselors along with models of problem definition, administrative structure, and service delivery in community agencies. Prerequisites: CN 560 and AR 594.

Online 3 Credits
CN 545 Gender and Sexuality
Online | 3 Credits
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This course introduces concepts of Human Sexuality to the student. This course will focus on developing skills to address a wide range of therapeutic concepts and skills that address a broad range of human sexuality issues that may arise in clinical practice. Human sexuality will be approached from a range of perspectives to include: the six key concepts outlined in the guidelines provided by the Sexuality and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), biological, developmental, social, and cultural viewpoints, and the impact of these perspectives on clinical practice. Students will critically reflect on the impact of social location, values, beliefs, and personal experience in developing an understanding of human sexuality within the therapeutic setting. Students will learn to inquire about and address issues of sexuality in their work as art therapists and counselors including the use of intakes, assessment, and treatment. Prerequisite: CN 580

Online 3 Credits
CN 550 Crisis Intervention and Trauma-Informed/Focused Care
Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides an introduction to crisis intervention theory and practice. Students will examine the neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive impacts of trauma, and trauma-informed/trauma focused treatment strategies, including but not limited to sensory-based art therapy or music therapy interventions. Ethical, legal, and moral considerations related to crisis situations and responses will be reviewed. Special attention will be given to the role of the music or art therapist in providing response to victims of trauma as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment approach. Prerequisite: CN 560.

Online 3 Credits
CN 555 History and Systems of Counseling (MAAT)
Online | 3 Credits
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This course will provide an overview of the history and systems in the field of counseling. Through lecture, readings, interactive online activities, and student research, students will gain knowledge about the relationship of the counseling profession with that of other helping professions, including the creative expressive therapies. Prerequisites: AR 510 Theories and Techniques of Art Therapy (for Master of Arts in Art Therapy students).

Online 3 Credits
CN 565 Family Systems
Online | 3 Credits
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This course examines family dynamics, healthy relationships, parenting styles and counseling and art therapy or music therapy approaches to couples and families. The course of study includes research findings and theoretical approaches to art therapy, counseling and family systems. The hybrid distance format includes group experiences, discussion and independent study.

Online 3 Credits
CN 575 Addictions Counseling
Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides an overview of the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of substance and process addictions. Participants gain a basic understanding of the psychopharmacology of addictive substances, treatment modalities, the roles and responsibilities of the professional addiction counselor, and art therapy treatment and music therapy treatment in addictions. Attention will be given to trauma-informed and trauma specific care, and self-help and/or support groups, as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment plan for addiction problems. Prerequisite: CN 560, CN 580.

Online 3 Credits
CN 585 Career Development and Counseling (MAAT)
Online | 3 Credits
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This course is designed to introduce students to career counseling theories, processes and techniques. Students will practice current career readiness, skills and themes, and post-modern assessment methods. Also covered will be the potential impact of diversity and social justice on career exposure and choice.

Online 3 Credits
CN 696 Advanced Counseling Internship
Online | 3 Credits
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This is the culminating clinical course whereby students will gain experience by engaging in supervised counseling activities in community settings. Students will receive individual and group supervision via face to face sessions and electronic means. Student learning will be facilitated via readings, discussion, experiential activities, case presentations, interview analysis, DVD, video, web resources, and/or supplemental materials. A minimum of 300 clock hours must be accrued by student, with total clinical hours equaling at least 1000 hours; supervision hours among all clinical courses (practicum, internships and advanced internship) must equal at least 100 hours. Student will also prepare for the NCE exam.

Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but students should always check the graduate catalog under which they started to insure meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements, please review the latest graduate college catalog. Always consult your program director when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Graduate Program in Art Therapy Mission Statement

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy with an Emphasis in Counseling (MAAT) program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) is dedicated to educating men and women, both personally and professionally, for their roles as conscientious art therapists. The MAAT program integrates the mission of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA) in promoting the belief that the creative art making process is healing and life enhancing.

The implementation of the hybrid learning format coincides with the mission and vision of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, which prepares students for service and leadership roles in a diverse and global society.

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy with an Emphasis in Counseling program and constituents, value the spirituality of the Sisters of Providence, and are dedicated to providing a quality education that is based on excellence and integrity. The MAAT program is a diverse community of learners who share the pursuit of knowledge and social justice.

Program Goals

The goal of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy with an Emphasis in Counseling (MAAT) program is to educate students on theory and techniques that facilitate culturally and trauma informed practices within art therapy and counseling including use of creativity through art media for emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth.

  • To provide instruction, experience, and resources for students according to the educational guidelines for art therapy education programs through the CAAHEP.
  • To foster the student’s ability to integrate theories of art therapy, counseling, and psychopathology as related to the therapeutic self.
  • To foster the student’s development of appropriate art therapy and counseling skills utilized in treatment.
  • To foster independent learning, critical thinking and the ability for the student to articulate their own meaning of art therapy.
  • To foster a community of learning and mutual support during and after the residencies.
Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the art therapy degree program will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge of historical foundations of art therapy and counseling theory and techniques into practical contemporary professional practice of art therapy as evidenced by coursework and, fieldwork evaluations.
  2. Distinguish therapeutic benefits of art therapy and counseling as applied to a variety of client bases for promoting growth and well-being as evidenced through fieldwork evaluations, and art process or therapeutic properties demonstrated in the final art exhibition.  Elements of art therapy benefit include.
    1. Therapeutic properties and interventions within media application
    2. Recognition of imagery, symbolism and metaphor
    3. Therapeutic use of various art processes
  3. Apply analytical, evaluative, integrative, culturally and developmentally appropriate art therapy and counseling skills incorporating knowledge of diagnostic processes in accord with the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problem (ICD) as evidenced by gateway assessment project and fieldwork evaluations.
    1. assessment,
    2. treatment planning and
    3. implementation skills
      (these skills will reflect principles of human development including models of artistic and creativity, gender and sexuality, family life and psychopathology)
  4. Identify and respond to all professional circumstances including state licensing and credentialing criteria with appropriate ethical and legal knowledge and action in all levels of practice including the provision of treatment, conducting research, and advocacy as evidenced by fieldwork evaluations and final thesis review.
  5. Articulate and pursue an ever-evolving personal identity as an art therapist through the engagement of ongoing artmaking for personal growth and self-awareness while incorporating supervision and consultation in an effort to continually inform clinical practice in art therapy and in counseling.  This will be evidenced by final art exhibit, final thesis and fieldwork evaluations.
  6. Develop appropriate and collaborative therapeutic relationships with clients, implement art therapy and counseling services that consider diverse values, beliefs and actions while realizing the impact of oppression, prejudice, discrimination, and privilege, and develop responsive practices that include collaboration, empowerment, advocacy and social justice as evidenced by fieldwork evaluations and the multicultural research project.