Since becoming one of the first programs in the United States to receive approval from the American Art Therapy Association, the GW Art Therapy Program has been a leader in the field and a top choice for students and faculty.

Our mission is to train exceptionally skilled therapists whose professional practice is grounded in three core areas: the latest theory in clinical art therapy, counseling and trauma; application of leading research and evaluation methodologies; and diverse, integrative, culturally responsive treatment strategies.

The program boasts more than 30 full-time and adjunct faculty and over 700 alumni living and working worldwide. Students benefit from more than 100 internship options in psychiatric, educational, medical, military and community-based settings, and train in state-of-the-art facilities that include our hands-on GW Art Therapy Clinic. While in the program, student artists display their artwork in the program’s contemporary gallery space on campus as well as a virtual gallery space.


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Information Sessions

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



ACATE: Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education


Accredited: CAAHEP, upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE)


Graduate Achievement Outcomes



“So many times when I meet with potential students there is this light in their eyes, this aha moment when all of their interests have come together — their love of art, their interest in psychology, their wish to help people — and they discover that art therapy allows them to combine them all.”

Heidi Bardot
Art Therapy Program Director

Heidi Bardot



Program Newsletter

Read our newsletter (PDF)

DRAWN From the Circle, the Art Therapy Program’s student-edited newsletter, provides a channel for communication among students, faculty and alumni and introduces prospective students and the community to our program. The newsletter publishes articles, commentary, notices, poetry, humor and other artistic content.

Latest PDFsWinter/Spring 2018-19, Spring 2018, Spring 2015Summer 2014Spring 2013