Art Therapy MFT Program
MASTER OF ARTS (MA) IN PSYCHOLOGY WITH AN EMPHASIS IN
MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY AND ART THERAPY (63 UNITS)
The master’s program is designed to meet the educational requirements and standards set out by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and the American Art Therapy Association, to prepare students for the professional roles of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a nationally Registered Art Therapist (ATR).
THE PROGRAM OFFERS
- Education in systemic treatment for individuals, couples and families.
- Specialization in art therapy practices.
- Proficiency in clinical interpersonal neurobiology approaches.
- Exposure to multi-national cultures through elective international immersion experiences.
- Hybrid format including one day of on-campuses courses per week and online courses.
The practicum experience, part of the student’s clinical training, allows students to provide counseling services to clients under the supervision of licensed professionals. The approved training sites can include counseling centers, schools, mental health programs and hospitals. Students are required to complete two traineeships, for a minimum of 700 hours of supervised art therapy practicum/traineeship hours, out of which 350 are direct client contact hours.
This requirement meets the Board of Behavior Science in California practicum requirements experience which must be completed at an approved training agency prior to degree completion. This requirement also meets the pre-graduation requirements for Art Therapy Registration (ATR). Students receive assistance with field placement, providing students with a valuable link to community resources, clinical training opportunities, and professional organizations.
- Fluency in theories, methods and scholarship of marriage and family therapy, art psychotherapy, and interpersonal neurobiology psychological topics by describing, explaining, analyzing, integrating, researching and presenting this body of knowledge.
- Clinical practice skills by engaging in assessment practice, managing legal and ethical issues, providing treatment for a variety of patients in diverse clinical settings based on the knowledge areas listed above, and by conducting ongoing evaluation of psychotherapeutic and expressive art processes.
- Cultural competencies, in accordance with Alliant International University’s and CSPP multicultural and international mission, by engagement in the classroom setting, in clinical practice, and in communities, in service of social justice, an appreciation for a diversity of artistic expression and an understanding of the impact of self on others.
- Expressive non-verbal arts skills in accordance with the American Art Therapy Association standards for mental health, relational well-being as evidenced in clinical practice evaluations and by an ongoing professional and personal engagement with process-based arts.
- Independent and collaborative learning skills and strategies as demonstrated by consistent, ethical and specific participation in hybrid learning methods.
POST GRADUATION ATR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
After receiving a Master’s degree in art therapy and after accumulating a required number of supervised hours and submitting professional references attesting to your competency, graduates may apply to become a registered Art Therapist (ATR) through the Art Therapy Credentials. After being granted the ATR, the graduate then can sit for the ATR-BC examination. Having the ATR is a prerequisite for the ATR-BC exam, which is offered once a year at various locations throughout the United States. Students are required to keep abreast of all ATCB requirements.