Academics

In the accredited GW Art Therapy Program, students train to be highly skilled therapists whose professional practice is grounded in a broad understanding of current clinical art therapy, counseling and trauma theories. Through a master’s degree that can be completed full time, part time or as a combined BA/MA option, students learn to apply effective research and evaluation methodologies, clinical skills and studio expertise. Students can supplement their classroom studies with study abroad trips, program-hosted colloquia and continuing education seminars, which train participants on advanced clinical issues.

Located at GW’s Alexandria Graduate Education Center, students are close to Washington, D.C.’s many museums and medical research libraries. Between our on-site Art Therapy Clinic and external internship options throughout the area, students gain hundreds of hours of practical training alongside licensed clinicians.

 

     


    Academic Programs

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    Join Us October 17–27

    Registration is open for the 2022 CCAS Graduate Virtual Open House! The online event includes program-specific info sessions and opportunities to engage with current students, faculty and our admissions team.

    The Art Therapy Department is hosting an information session for prospective graduate students on Friday, October 21 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

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    Program Highlights 

     


    “The Art Therapy Program encourages us to have an identity as an artist as well as an art therapist. As an artist, you are already naturally curious and open to experimentation. That’s what we ask for in the therapy room too: be open, be curious and be willing to look at things in a way you may never have before.”

    Christina Hagemeier
    MA '18

    Christina Hagemeier

    Program Goals

    The Art Therapy Program prepares graduates in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Art Therapy: “To prepare competent entry-level Art Therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.” To that end, our program goals are aligned with both university priorities and ACATE requirements.

     

     

    • Students will acquire broad art therapy knowledge, skills and values based in psychotherapy, neuropsychology, art processes, creativity, metaphor, assessment, human development, psychopathology, trauma and counseling.
    • Students will engage in clinical and studio work with insight, self-awareness and a high level of professional, ethical, multicultural and relational expertise with diverse local and international communities.
    • Students will utilize classroom interactions, supervisory experiences, art making, gallery exhibitions and service-learning opportunities to cultivate their identities as art therapy leaders, artists, researchers, supervisors, advocates and innovators in the workplace, community and profession.

     

     

    • Students will develop proficiency in sustaining the rich history of art therapy by engaging in ongoing professional development; advancing the relationships among sociocultural contexts, institutional regulations and governmental laws; and expanding access to art therapy.
    • Students will synthesize the latest theories and clinical skills of neuropsychology and art therapy in the treatment of trauma-related disorders.

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    Art Therapy in Practice 

    ART THERAPY spelled out in colorful sidewalk chalk Tapping the Healing Power of Art for 50 YearsOne of the first graduate programs of its kind, the CCAS Art Therapy Program now has global reach, a local clinic and faculty looking toward the future.
    Alt Text Can Art Therapy Defuse Teacher Burnout?With half a million teachers leaving the profession each year, art therapy graduate student Christina Hagemeier devised a research project to explain the ABCs of burnout — and to show beleaguered educators that they aren’t alone.
    Alt Text GW Art Therapy in South AfricaThis summer GW Art Therapy students and faculty traveled to South Africa for the Social & Cultural Diversity course.