Learn to guide change through creative expression.

Learn to guide change through creative expression.

Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy

As a form of expressive therapy, art therapy draws on artistic media and the creative process to help improve an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Art therapists are counsellors trained to help people through art. The Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy program at Adler University is British Columbia’s only master’s program in art therapy. It combines innovative practical training and a rigorous curriculum focused on traditional counselling theories and techniques, and an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, with a focus on art-making and counselling methodologies.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in psychology or counselling-related discipline.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate course work.
  • The equivalent of at least twelve semester credit hours in baccalaureate level psychology coursework with a grade of C or better. These courses must include introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, research methods, and developmental psychology.
  • The equivalent of 18 semester credit hours in studio art which demonstrates proficiency and disciplined commitment in art making.
  • A portfolio of original art work: 15 examples in three or more different media demonstrating competence with art materials.
  • Coursework or volunteer/work experience that involves the use of counselling related skills and demonstrates counselling capacity is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.
  • Approved applicants will be evaluated through an in-person writing sample, a portfolio reviewa nd an interview as the final step in the application process.

Degree Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of 60 credit hours, including all required courses.
  • Satisfactory completion of 700 minimum clock hours of Clinical Practicum, which includes 350 direct client contact hours and 100 hours of clinical supervision, and 150 hours of Social Justice Practicum
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and no more than two courses or six credits with a final grade of “C.”
  • Successful completion of the Master’s Clinical Qualifying Examination.
  • Submission of completed graduation application and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees.
  • Faculty approval for graduation and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy degree.