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Counseling and Art Therapy, Master of Arts

Counseling and Art Therapy, Master of Arts

Have you been searching for a career that combines your desire to help others with your passion for the healing value of creativity and art making?

The Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy Program at Ursuline enables students to combine those interests in a unique professional program, and prepares graduates to be eligible for both licensure as professional clinical mental health counselors and credentialing as art therapists.
The program’s philosophy incorporates a broad range of theoretical approaches, and the development of each student’s professional identity and theoretical approach is stressed. The Ursuline program is unique, and so are you. Our goal is to help students to develop into the kind of counselor and art therapist that best meets their vision and goals. In order to achieve this, students are offered wide range of internship sites and a variety of approaches to thesis work, The program also offers service learning trips that allow for immersion experiences in various countries, and a mentoring program to support students as they adjust to their role as graduate students and emerging professionals.

In addition to providing a strong foundation in theory and technique, the other essential tool of transformation for the therapeutic process that is emphasized is the personal presence of the therapist. Students are encouraged to be reflective practitioners and to seek their own personal counseling outside of the department as they begin their clinical experiences, which enables graduates to emerge as more mature, well integrated effective professionals.

Have you been searching for a career that combines your desire to help others with your passion for the healing value of creativity and art making?

The Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy Program at Ursuline enables students to combine those interests in a unique professional program, and prepares graduates to be eligible for both licensure as professional clinical mental health counselors and credentialing as art therapists.
The program’s philosophy incorporates a broad range of theoretical approaches, and the development of each student’s professional identity and theoretical approach is stressed. The Ursuline program is unique, and so are you. Our goal is to help students to develop into the kind of counselor and art therapist that best meets their vision and goals. In order to achieve this, students are offered wide range of internship sites and a variety of approaches to thesis work, The program also offers service learning trips that allow for immersion experiences in various countries, and a mentoring program to support students as they adjust to their role as graduate students and emerging professionals.

In addition to providing a strong foundation in theory and technique, the other essential tool of transformation for the therapeutic process that is emphasized is the personal presence of the therapist. Students are encouraged to be reflective practitioners and to seek their own personal counseling outside of the department as they begin their clinical experiences, which enables graduates to emerge as more mature, well integrated effective professionals.

 The Northeast Ohio area is rich in clinical sites for internships and future job potential, and there are over 150 placements to offer students. Each student participates in 850 hours of clinical work, including work with children, psychiatric populations and in a variety of settings based upon the student’s specific area of interest.

Ursuline College prepares students to become leaders. Graduates are directors of agencies and programs in many facilities; they are board members on state and national organizations, educators, and in private practice. And yes, there are jobs in this field. The dual credentials make Ursuline graduates highly competitive.

Most students move through the program based on a standard 8 semester model.  However, individual pacing is encouraged for each student and supported during advising sessions which take place each semester. Some students move quickly through the program, while others who have multiple responsibilities such as family and work, may take the time they need without overloading themselves.

  • CAT 500 Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues
  • CAT 501 History and Theory of Art Therapy
  • CAT 503 Treatment of Children and Adolescents
  • CAT 504 Human Growth and Development
  • CAT 505 Counseling Theories
  • CAT 507 Group Process
  • CAT 508 Family Systems
  • CAT 509 Psychopathology
  • CAT 520 Projective Assessments
  • CAT 523 Cultural and Social Diversity
  • CAT 544 Art Therapy Studio I
  • CAT 546 Clinical I – Counseling Tech.
  • CAT 547 Clinical II – Practicum
  • CAT 548 Appraisal
  • CAT 549 Internship I
  • CAT 550 Internship II
  • CAT 567 Techniques and Use of Media
  • CAT 591 Orientation to Research and Writing
  • CAT 594 Research and Evaluation
  • CAT 595 Thesis/Project
  • CAT 596 Thesis/Integrative Seminar
  • CAT 601 Life Style and Career Development
  • CAT 603 Diagnoses
  • CAT 648 Case Studies
  • CAT 650 Psychotropic Medications

Elective Courses: 3 Hours Course Title Credit Hours

  • CAT 506W Creative Counseling Modalities
  • CAT 525W Special Settings and Populations
  • CAT 526W Educational Settings
  • CAT 527W Addictions and Treatment
  • CAT 528W Geriatrics
  • CAT 531W Spirituality, Wholeness and the Arts
  • CAT 545W Art Therapy Studio II
  • CAT 510-515W Workshops – Special Topics
  • CAT 585 Independent Study
  • CAT 649 Advanced Clinic
  • Gail Rule-Hoffman, M.Ed., LPC-S, ATR-BC, LICDC-S, Program Director
  • Kathleen Burke, OSU, Ph.D., LPC-S, ATR-BC, ATCS
  • Amy Jacobs, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LICDC, RYT
  • Diane Meros, M.A., ATR-BC, ATCS
  • Katherine Jackson, Ph.D., ATR
  • DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D., LPCC-S, ATR, IMFT-S, LICDC, NCC
  • Pete Finnerty, M.S., PCC-S, Doctoral Candidate
  • Yvette Nosal, MA, PCC-S, ATR-BC, CDCA

Accreditation and Approvals: CACREP, OCSWMFT, AATA

The Counseling and Art Therapy program (M.A., 65 credit hours) is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It is also approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board (OCSWMFT), and  by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).

Note: The 55 credit option is approved only by the American Art Therapy Association.

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