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Expressive Arts Therapy MA

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in Expressive Arts Therapy Program (MA)

Accepting Applications on a Space Available Basis

A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Trauma and Resiliency

Student SpotlightThis new 2013 program is specifically designed to prepare the next generation of mental health professionals in the therapeutic use of expressive arts processes for personal, family and community transformation.Combining expressive arts with strong counseling and trauma treatment skills can be a powerful way to help the lives of individuals, families, and communities throughout many regions of the world.

Why the Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy Program?

  • MSPP's program is among a few programs in New England to meet the educational standards for both the International Expressive Art Therapy Association for becoming a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), and the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Profession to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Students seeking licensure in other states must ensure that their degree program satisfies the requirements of the licensing board in that state(s).
  • The use of expressive arts therapy encourages interaction, sharing and trust in a safe place. Our curriculum mirrors this. Students will learn the history, ethics and practice of expressive arts therapy, integrated with the core curriculum of the counseling psychology requirements, which focuses on resilience and the integration of diversity, difference and inclusion.
  • In addition, students will engage in a minimum of 360-hour practicum and 600-hour internship experience where they will practice their skills in counseling and the expressive arts therapy beginning in the first semester.
  • Michelle HarrisYousef AlajarmaMSPP students will learn from distinguished and experienced faculty members who reflect the diversity of the populations we treat. Learn more about two of our faculty members:

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy program can be completed on a full-time basis (two academic years including the summer session, which is part of the second year), or on a part time basis (three academic years with some summer courses).

The Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC) in Boston is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. As part of the celebration Michelle Harris, MA, faculty in the Expressive Arts Therapy program, began collaborating with their community with a Collaborative Quilt. At the latest Cross-Cultural Event to celebrate National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event that highlights the contributions of immigrants to American communities, participants from Haiti, Iraq, Venezuela, Ireland, and Israel, all contributed artwork. In the pictures, one can see the quilt with some of the community members in action!

Irish International Immigration Center Quilt
Irish International Immigration Center

Updated 1/15/15


Yousef AlAjarma

For inquiries, please contact Program Director, MA in Counseling Psychology in Expressive Arts Therapy, Yousef AlAjarma, PhD, REAT

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