Creative Arts Therapy Counseling

About the Program

From the Director

Dear Prospective Student or Interested Colleague,

We recognize that future art therapists come to this profession with diverse backgrounds and with different intentions. This discipline is rich in special interest areas and Hofstra's program is responsive to that. We are proud to present a varied education of excellence.

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Program Mission

The Creative Arts Therapy Counseling graduate program seeks to prepare competent entry-level art therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains who can practice effectively with individuals and groups in a variety of settings and environments.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Display the best practices, values, and ethics of the profession.
    Graduate students should demonstrate personal and professional growth and self-awareness, a strengthened sense of self and appreciation of the unique worth and contribution. This is necessary to effectively carry out the work of an art therapist.

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The Creative Arts Therapy Counseling graduate program uses a theory-based, application-oriented approach that prepares master’s degree students to become highly competent, culturally sensitive practitioners. Committed to the belief that art-making is healing and life-enhancing, education components integrate counseling strategies and creative expression to foster personal and professional development through diverse clinical experiences, rigorous supervision, quality research, a commitment to self-awareness, reflective practice, and interprofessional collaboration. Our program prepares graduates to work effectively in hospitals, agencies, rehabilitation centers, adult facilities, day treatment centers, mental health centers, schools with individuals who have experienced mental and physical illness, trauma, addictions, and changes in living, as well as those who seek personal development.