Expressive arts therapy is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, dreamwork and visual arts together – in an integrated way – to foster human growth, development and healing. It is about reclaiming the innate capacity as human beings for creative expression of individual and collective human experience in artistic form.
Appalachian’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 Certificate requires the applicant to have completed or be near completion of a master's degree in the mental health or arts therapy field.
Graduates are working at these and other employers:
- a variety of educational, counseling, arts and medical settings
- Spring: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: x
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: 4/1
*See full deadline information below under Application Essentials.
- 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.
Method of Delivery
- Expressive Arts Therapist
- Expressive Arts Counselor/Educator
Dr. Karen Caldwell
Interim Department Chair and Professor