Comments on: Requirements for Becoming an Art Therapist – Education, Degrees, and Advice http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/ Inspiring others to create. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:41:33 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 By: Heather http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-327976 Fri, 27 May 2016 15:46:57 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-327976 Hi there, thanks for the informative article!

I’m from Singapore and am studying nothing related to psychology and art currently, but have an interest.
Does a 2nd major in psychology suffice as the bachelor courses needed to enrol in the masters programme in Laselle?

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By: Hasika Suresh http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-327762 Fri, 06 May 2016 03:34:54 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-327762 Hello,
I have a bachelors degree in Psychology, I have some experience from internships as well. I want to do a masters in art therapy abroad but first I found this training program called foundation course in expressive and creative art therapy in my country, India. So, I wish to know if this will be useful and meet my requirements for PG abroad as I plan to this this for one year before i head out for Masters. The program consists of 40 internship hours plus trains the participants holistically in drama, movement and art therapy in a variety of settings – ngos, schools, hospitals etc. I would like some advice please! 🙂

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By: Deepika http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-326725 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:31:21 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-326725 Hello , I have completed my bachelors in bio-engineering. I am very much interested in taking up Masters in Art therapy. Is it possible? What are the requirements? I draw/paint well and very passionate about teaching. I believe in the fact that art and craft can heal or used as therapy. Please advice.

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By: megan http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-326572 Sun, 25 Oct 2015 15:58:55 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-326572 hi I’m currently studying at University of Haifa getting my masters in Art Therapy and was wondering if anyone would know if I would be licensed to practice in the U.S.?

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By: Emgrems http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-325979 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:46:24 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-325979 One more thing I forgot to add…
Is it possible to learn the psychology needed to take the masters courses throughout living? Or does it need to be a degree?

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By: Emgrems http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-325978 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:44:56 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-325978 Hello, so I’ve got one really important question. Is there a chance to study Art Therapy if I only have a bachelors degree of Art and Visual Arts? I do not have any bachelor degree on psychology. What do you recommend me to do? Thank you.

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By: Ashley Johnso http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-325620 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 22:09:09 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-325620 Is it possible to become an art therapist if you get a master’s in occupational therapy? I was an art major for 3 years, so I would have some art experience, but would I have to figure out a way to take some art classes along with an OT degree?

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By: Ann Huang http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-325528 Thu, 14 May 2015 04:19:12 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-325528 I’m graduating with a BFA illustration. Planning on getting a master degree in art therapy. However, I have no experience with art therapy. By verbally understanding, I think it fits me. But how do I know if art therapy really fits me?

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By: tripti http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-324381 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 06:18:41 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-324381 Please help and tell me if there is distance education for art therapy. I have completed my masters in clinical psychology and i live in India. I teach drawing and painting. I love art therapy and want to practice it in future. Please let me know if i learn art therapy by any means staying in India.

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By: Brianna Carroll http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-309254 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:05:23 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-309254 If someone could please give me some info on this, I would definitely appreciate it. I’m beginning my Junior year as a Psychology student minoring in art and mental health services. I didn’t know until about a week ago that there is an actual certification process for art therapists. I eventually wanted to go into private practice after I get my LPC from grad school. I mainly want to do counseling but also art therapy as an alternative form of therapy for select children that do not seem to be benefitting from traditional counseling (I want do pediatric counseling). I have not ever really considered doing art therapy as a full time job just because I want to be an LPC, but also using AT as when needed like I was saying.

So what my concern is, is that I’m wondering can you not practice art therapy privately without a license? Per se if I were to include it in what I offer/programs when I do go into private practice, would that be illegal or something? Or frowned upon? If I can find a university that would let me have a concentrated area of AT while I pursue my LPC then I would definitely do that just to have a basic understanding of the structuring. But how does that work when you are trying to offer it to someone since you technically don’t have any credentials to be an art therapist?

I hope this makes sense, and if it does PLEASE PLEASE someone help. This is what I have wanted to do my whole life and I am such a plan-in-advance type person. I feel thrown for a loop and a little distressed at the thought of something messing up my life goals. Thanks so much. bdc4b@mtmail.mtsu.edu

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By: Monica http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-308723 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:07:12 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-308723 hi, my name is Monica and i am 20. your article was very informative and encouraging. i did my BA in Psychology, literature and Performing arts and in school one of my major subjects in Arts was Fine Arts. i always enjoyed art and its effects on me. thats what is encouraging me to take this up as a career. i love helping people and believe if i could add my passion of art in it then i would enjoy working in this field.

My aunt is staying in Houston, Texas and i would like to know if there is any institutes or universities near that area.

thank you so much 🙂

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By: Amy http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-308537 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:49:28 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-308537 I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Art and Counseling and Masters in Art Education. I’ve worked as a counselor in a psychiatric setting and I have been teaching art in Elementary Schools for the past 11 years. I’d like to think there is a way to combine this education and experience to a certification in Art Therapy. I’m in the US.

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By: Oneal http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-308514 Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:26:29 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-308514 I just graduated with baccalaureate in natural science, but I want to pursue a career in art therapy. Would it be a good idea to take the required courses at Moraine then transfer to Illinois state for a psychology baccalaureate or just transfer the credits I already have to Illinois state and start there?

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By: sophie http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-307721 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:42:17 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-307721 Hi, I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and I want to be an art therapist. I am 29 and have yet to study a degree as my condition has held me back. Now that I know what is wrong with me I’m hoping to improve and still study this. I was wondering if anyone has any advice as I feel nervous andand wonder if I can gradually get better during an arts degree after I’ve had more therapy, then could I still be accepted to do this if I can get well by the time I do a masters. Will my slight lack of previous focus and experience mean I have less of a chance? So far I have a foundation inperforming musicianship and half a foundation in art and an a level in fine art and photography..sophie

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By: Metàfora, Tallers d'Artteràpia http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-307706 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:56:23 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-307706 Hello, This site seems really interesting.
We were wondering if you would be interested in ading our Art Therapy programsto your listings in Europe: Metàfora hs been working extensively in the field of rt therapy training in Spain since 1999. We run a Masters program in Spanish (ww.master-arteterapia.org) and a Postgraduate Diploma in English (www.postgraduate-diploma-art-therapy.org)

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By: vita http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-197228 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 07:20:21 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-197228 i am really interested in becoming an art therapist the only thing i am trying to figure out how to study it in Israel, was wondering if this might help me out.
couldn’t find anything anywhere i looked and its counted in the middle east if you might have any info on it please let me know.
thank you

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By: Peta http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-196858 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:51:18 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-196858 I am very interested in being an art therapist but not the best at the drawing side of art but I am still very creative. Is that a big problem ??
Also what are the main classes I should be taking to improve my skills in becoming an Art therapist?

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By: Ian Cook http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-193557 Wed, 29 May 2013 05:30:07 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-193557 I am about to enter my senior year with a biology major, but I have considered a career in art therapy for a while. I already know biology is not necessary and I need certain psychology and art courses. Should I take undergrad courses at another school before taking a graduate program?

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By: Moon http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-151509 Fri, 03 May 2013 12:43:40 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-151509 Hello, my name is Moon and I am 24. First of all thank you for this informative article. I studied physiotherapy degree and is going to be a physiotherapist soon. However, during my studying, I realised that health is not only related to the physical condition but mind is very important as well. And then i was introduced to art therapy while I was doing my research paper. I found it very familiar to me, as I always enjoy art and I feel my soul being healed every time I express myself with drawings. I have a sense of healing people with physical and mental disabilities and I believe art therapy is one of the best way to heal their souls.

I would like to know how can I get into this filed? If I want to study a master degree of art therapy, do I need a MA psychology degree or other requirements?

Thank you very much!

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By: Vivien Beere http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-125583 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:29:17 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-125583 Hi everyone..I have some feedback to some of the people above..I am sorry I cant help with specific schools outside this area..its true many people have to save and to travel to study Art Therapy and it may not be possible for everyone..but keep asking ..

First could the woman Li ? who is an HR professional in S Korea and who wrote to me please write to me again..I accidentially sent your email to my spam.I’m sorry.

In brief a face to face 2 years Masters in Art Therapy is a good idea for your own support, learning and peace of mind if you want to work in the field. The learning process will expose you in many ways to your own biases and deeply held personal and cultural assumptions about yourself and the world. There is a huge learning that goes on in a peer group that to my mind cannot be replicated by solo study, which is not to say some distance study could be useful.You will also gain academic knowledge that will help you develop your own philosophy of practice and have the feedback of teachers as well as gain credentials.
The closest Masters to you that I know of is at La Salle in Singapore.Whitecliffes in NZ has a Masters course that is designed for students who may not live in Auckland..classes meet for in depth seminars and workshops and followup work is done from home before the next meetings.You could check this out although there would be a lot of travel from S Korea. USA may however be equally close!Good luck!

Cambria above..hi Cambria if you have a passion you have a passion and the work will find you.If you can’t get to a school that offers Art Therapy yet dont worry too much.Psychology is a good major especially as you are keeping up your arts practise through the minor. Depending on your school they may still work with whats called the scientist practitioner model which assumes scientific objectivity rather than with newer ideas about collaboration and co transference and the observer inflencing the field thats being observed, which is much more common amongst Art Therapists.So you may have to hold the tension between the paradigms for a while, but that being said Clinical Psychologists often have a great depth of knowledge and sound assessment and treatment skills which can marry well with Art Therapy if you have the interest and stamina..at least you would always have a well paid job and when more senior might well be able to work in the way that suits you best. Good luck!

Claudia above .I just think its fanatastic that you are a Clinical Social Worker working in a mental health clinic and using your arts background and what you have learned ,and no doubt discovered yourself, about Art Therapy techniques and tradtions to the benefit of your clients and community!I do not know if your setting allows for Art Psychotherapy per se which many Art Therapists do feel requires specific training or whether you are doing more psychoeducational work augmented with the power of the image..there could be a big discussion here!
I wonder if it would be worth your while seeking out some open minded Art Therapists and doing co supervision to support your work and to explore similarities and differences in modality personal style and possibly focus? Perhaps then you could work up a conference presentation about a research question in your own work…?
good luck!

Karen above
I do not know here you live but I suggest you seek the advice and support of an Art Therapist in your area.Maybe there’s something already happening you could assist with.If not ask an Art Therapist for some (paid) mentoring and then just contact your local childrens ward, hospice or cancer out patients facility, aged care facility or anywhere you are interested in (excluding mental health, rape crisis and head injury to start with because these are especially complex) Offer to run say three free art expression groups.Maybe 2-3 hours each in a public hall or hospital ward..Dont call your sessions Art Therapy since you are not a qualified Art Therapist.Make art around some very general themes and give people space to talk in a confidential place. Children dont need to say much ususally. Tell adults you hope one day to study formally but in the mean time you want to share your love of art making, and knowing that with physical illness it is often hard for people to find real times for other aspects of themselves you thought you’d offer this space…Have the names of suitable staff members (who agree to this) or external professionals with whom people can talk more later if needed..And then for yourself journal and make art around your reponses to your experiencs in your (small) group and discuss with your mentor. Good luck!

Sylvia above.it may be a matter of re connecting with your art making and journalling about the process.Your own heart will tell you if Art Therapy is the right field for you to pursue and from there any extra study requirements will become plain once you contact colleges in your area, or those that you like the sound of elsewhere..
Art Therapy is generally “the path less travelled” and the “will I be acceptable/any good at it” questions can only ultimately be answered by your own sense of deepening committment, This is assisted by reflection on feedback from teachers, colleagues and clients and then the witnessing of miracles in your clients lives.Good luck

Marvin above..hi..PTSD? your own recovery or to assist others? If the former doing your own in depth process with an Art Therapist could be a good idea.Then when you train formally you could do some papers and research activities in this rapidly developing area of Art Therapy practise. Good luck

Anne Marie above
Congratulations on your distinction in arts and crafts.I wonder if Art Teaching or Special Ed might be a useful qualification and field of experience for you that could later lead on to Art Therapy or Child Psychotherapy or Child and Family work.? Why dont’ you discuss this with Irish Art Therapists? Good luck

To Sandy above Hi Sandy it sounds to me like your daughter is totally on track.
You don’t have to be a “Brilliant artist” to be an Art Therapist but you do need in depth experience with the process of making art that is meaningful for you.Skillwise she may eventually need lots of beginners skills in various art techniques and expertise in one or two areas..we keep on learning and learning in this trade!Psychology is also needed as you will have read above and ultimately a love of people and the patience to “hold” complexity and chaos visually emotionally and conceptually whilst in the priviledged position of assisting others with their healing and growth.
Just keep on loving and supporting her! Vivien

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By: Ann Marie Hickey http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-105998 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:42:05 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-105998 Hi I have got distinction in art and crafts I Wondering if I could i do a coarse on line I live In Ireland .I done a child care coarse .I found Id like to forward it with something with art and Children.Yours Ann Marie Hickey.

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By: Marvin http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-77302 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:18:50 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-77302 I wish to pursue the MA of Art Therapy, but i am think of using for PTSD. Do i need to have a MA of Psychology with a AT concentration or vis versa. I am an older student already with an MA not related. But my undergrad was in art. I have many questions and was hoping to find a bit of guidance.

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By: Sylva http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-76553 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:55:26 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-76553 Hi My name is Sylvia. Im a Surgcal Technologist of 31 years with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts. My college years of long ago (1976) was in Nursing. The ultimate was a combination of finding a program in Art Therapy but, at that time wasn’t an easy find or not recognized. Im presently recovering from surgery and not employed and am interested in a career change. Art Therapy is a wonderful find and am curious to know if I’d be a good candidate for this field. Can I enter into this field with my present credentials, and if not, to know what courses would be needed to attain the masters in this field. Thank you with hopes of hearing from you soon.:)

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By: Cambria http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-74834 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:53:04 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-74834 Hello My name is Cambria. I am married and 21 years old, which I know is very young. I feel a real passion to work in this field. Since the forth grade I have wanted to help people, but it wasn’t until high school that I realized that through art I would enjoy it most. Because my husband is in the army I am limited in the schools I can go to, and the one I am currently attending does not have an Art Therapy program. So I had thought that majoring in psychology and minoring in art would be the next best thing; however, after reading the comments am thinking that I might do better with a different major? I don’t have anyone around me that understands this field so I feel lost. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! feel free to email me @ amg21423@gmail.com

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By: yifat http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-41215 Sat, 08 Sep 2012 17:12:15 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-41215 hello, my name is Yifat. I am a teacher of spacial education for many years. I have a Master degree. Three years ago I started to take Painting classes, Clay and Jewel classes. I am looking to learn Art Therapy and I have hard time to find it. Any help?

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By: rasha adel http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-40834 Sun, 02 Sep 2012 20:08:17 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-40834 I am very happy to read this article, but I hope you can help me to join this area. I live in Cairo, Egypt but do not know anywhere I can study art therapy. I have a Bachelor of Arts Education and Work Specialist Education with autistic children from 4 years ago. I ask you for a guideline to help get me started on the right path. Thank you.

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By: Karen http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-40532 Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:18:00 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-40532 What a great article, thank you for posting this. A friend of mine suggested my becoming an art therapist as a career change. With my medical background and my passion for art, it’s a perfect combination. I am in the process of finishing my art degree.

I would love to start and charity program in my area in local hospitals where artists, art therapists, counselors join forces and visit children in hospitals and in communities to help express their emotional and physical pain. So often there are kids who don’t have access to such healing tools. Art is just as vital to healing as medication and following doctors orders.

Any suggestions how I can start to form such a group? I am new in my area and fortunate enough to have a lot of free time.

Thanks again for the information and your advise.
– Karen

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By: Sandy http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-40480 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:27:38 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-40480 Silly question, but how important are art skills when it comes to art therapy? My oldest has always wanted to be an art therapists. She is a very good artist. However, she isn’t Rembrandt! If there was an American Idol version for artists, she wouldn’t make it to the top because there are certainly people that are better. This isn’t knocking her ability but it is being honest. Her passion is psychology and she sees art as a great way for one to express themselves and heal. She takes art classes and produces some nice pieces and others that are just so-so. She is currently pursuing an BS in psychology and hopes to get into an art therapy program for her MA. She is taking art classes at her college and has a job at an art studio. She loves art! Does she sound like a good candidate for an art therapists? I’m just afraid there are going to be all of these truly gifted artists applying and she won’t stand a chance.

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By: chen http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-40479 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:18:19 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-40479 There is also a program in Haifa, Israel.

http://artherapy.haifa.ac.il/about_eng.html

http://overseas.haifa.ac.il/index.php/graduate-programs/art-therapy

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By: Claudia Denton http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-40358 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:01:16 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-40358 I have both an MFA and an MSW. I am a licensed clinical social worker with an MFA in fine arts. Years ago I took the advice of art therapists (at two separate art therapy programs) and went into social work when I was looking to make a career change. The social work school I attended had an art therapist on staff who taught a very popular course and opened up the minds of many to the power of art therapy. These days I work full time in a mental health clinic. I take courses in art therapy whenever I can. I am a visual thinker and that’s a big part of how I work. It’s just me. But I find I am very afraid of posting on art therapy sites for fear of being “flamed” by art therapists for not having exactly the correct letters behind my name. I feel like I’m sticking my neck out just to post this. I wish I didn’t feel this way.

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By: Adam Graves http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-40267 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:54:50 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-40267 I also suggest that if you are interested in obtaining your Masters degree in Art Therapy in the US, contact a program. Contact information can be found on the American Art Therapy Association website. Faculty (like myself) are usually more than happy to discuss the field, requirements for application, and the nature of their respective training programs.

Also, in response to Ms. Caraballo, there is a hybrid training program (some residency, some online) at St. Mary of the Woods in Indiana. You will find contact information at http://www.arttherapy.org.

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By: Connie Robbins-Brady http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-40259 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:11:25 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-40259 I’ve been a licensed professional counselor with an extensive background in visual arts (I work both as a school counselor and an art coordinator for a large school district) I’ve been bringing art-making into my therapeutic sessions for years, and am interested in taking a class or two to round out my experience. Is there somewhere that we ‘practicing counselors using art as a means of communication’ can do this? I am in Colorado.

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By: Aleyda Caraballo http://www.arttherapyblog.com/education/art-therapist-requirements/#comment-40251 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:06:58 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=3065#comment-40251 Hello!! I’m interested in becoming an Art Therapist, in making a Master Degree online, because I live in the Dominican Republic. Is there any chance? thanks.

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