Expressive Arts Therapy is the practice of using storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, dreamwork, visual arts and other artistic modalities in an integrated way to foster human growth, development and healing. It is about reclaiming our innate capacity as human beings for the creative expression of our individual and collective human experience in artistic form. It is also about experiencing the natural capacity of creative expression and creative community for healing.
This type of therapy is different from other creative therapies — such as Art Therapy or Music Therapy — in that it emphasizes the interdisciplinary use of multiple art modalities.
App State’s Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate is available both to current master’s students in the helping professions as well as working professionals who already have a master’s degree in the helping professions.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Required Entrance Exam: None
Required number of references to specify in the online form: None
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); HPC Department Questionnaire (upload on the Additional Information page in the online application)
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: The Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate requires the applicant to have completed or be near completion of a master’s degree (or higher) in the mental health or arts therapy field.
Individuals enrolled in or applying to a master’s degree program in a mental health-related field at App State are eligible to apply to complete the certificate program concurrently with their degree.
Graduates are working at these and other employers:
- a variety of educational, counseling, arts and medical settings
- Summer Session 1: x
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: 4/1
- Spring: 11/1
- The Expressive Arts Therapy program was founded by Dr. Sally Atkins and the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective.
- This is one of the oldest expressive arts programs in the world, and it is well respected internationally.
- It is the only expressive arts program housed in a public university.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
- Expressive Arts Therapist
- Mental Health Counselor
Dr. Amy Milsom