Granted By: Indiana University
Academic Unit: IU Herron School of Art and Design
Degree(s): Master of Arts
Overview: Students who successfully pursue this degree will emerge prepared with academic, clinical and research experience in preparation for the credentials of Registration as an Art Therapist (ATR) according to the educational guidelines established by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Positioned within the urban campus Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), this two-year, full-time residential program is the only one of its kind in the state of Indiana. Built in partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, the program is housed within a psychodynamic framework and pays close attention to the neurobiological mechanisms that are at the root of creative expression and symbolic, unconscious communication. Honoring the dynamic nature of the psyche, the art therapist calls upon the theoretical and practical application of psychotherapeutic principles through a variety of interventions and in myriad settings including mental health, medical, educational and forensic facilities. In art therapy, the general concepts of science, art and the creative process are understood and applied in a therapeutic context.