Foster human potential and 
shape the future of art therapy.

Foster human potential and
shape the future of art therapy.


Adler University is poised to begin offering a Ph.D. in Art Therapy in the fall of 2018, pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission.

Successful completion of Doctor of Philosophy in Art Therapy program includes coursework and a training practicum from those listed below.

Course offerings include:

  • Social Justice Practicum I & II
  • Community Engagement and Socially Responsible Leadership
  • Advanced Philosophy of Art I
  • Professional Identity & Advanced Ethics
  • Qualitative & Emergent Research Methods & Art Therapy
  • Quantitative Research Methods & Art Therapy
  • Art Based Research
  • Advanced Philosophy of Art II
  • Neurodiversity & Neuroaesthetics
  • Foundations in Thanatology in Art Therapy
  • Applied Statistics & Analysis in Research
  • Clinical Supervision & Consultation

Elective Coursework:

  • Special Topics in Art Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Seminar in Human Sexuality
  • Intermodal Applications in Art Therapy
  • Clinical Issues & Research in Art Therapy with Veterans & Families
  • Advanced Adlerian Theory & Integrative Art Therapy Experientials & Interventions
  • Advanced Methods & Theories of Intersectionality & Community Engagement

Dissertation and Comprehensive Exams Coursework:

  • Doctoral Internship & Seminar I - III
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Dissertation I – III

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University Course Catalog at