Transform lives through 
creative expression.

Transform lives through
creative expression.

Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy

  • Train to be both a counsellor and an art therapist, empowering through words and images.
  • Earn your degree in two years of full-time study with unique experiential training.
  • Work with leaders in the field who embody Adler’s focus on socially responsible practice.
  • Learn in classes designed to encourage the creative and academic process.

Our Master of Counselling Psychology – Art Therapy program prepares students to work as counsellors, art therapists, and educators in a leading-edge field that combines the arts and psychology to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Our unique degree offering trains graduates to be socially responsible practitioners who work with both words and images to treat individuals facing trauma, stress, and other life transitions.

Our innovative program aligns with the requirements set forth by the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia or a Canadian Certified Counsellor in Canada. It is also designed to meet the registered art therapist requirements of the British Columbia Art Therapy Association, the Canadian Art Therapy Association, the American Art Therapy Credentials Board, and the American Art Therapy Association.

We offer an immersive learning experience that brings together real-world training with a focus on socially responsible practice led by practitioners in the field. Students learn both verbal and meta-verbal skills through a rigorous curriculum focused on diverse counselling theories and methods, as well as the psychological aspects of the creative process and art-making.

Adler University is a recognized thought leader in graduate education, training professionals who are committed to a more just society.


Our groundbreaking program is designed to prepare counsellors and art therapists to serve diverse populations in a range of settings, including:

  • Clinics
  • Mental health centres
  • Children’s agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Community organizations
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Correctional facilities
  • Violence shelters
  • Residential treatment centres
  • Private practice

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to facilitate real change in individuals’ lives through words and art. Our diverse faculty brings together rigorous classroom learning with individualized mentorship, artistic guidance, and hands-on professional experience.

Unique to our institution is the 200-hour Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Working with our robust network of community partners, students develop the practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and be a socially responsible practitioner.

We offer extensive training in the field, including a 700-hour clinical practicum focused on learning the skills of art therapy and counselling by working in settings such as hospitals, criminal justice systems, nonprofit organizations, school systems, mental health organizations, addiction services, and private practice.

Community Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. The program can also be completed part-time, with a limit of five years for completion.

When you enroll, you join a community of students who take classes together throughout the course of the program. This community model emphasizes Adlerian values of collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, compassion, and genuine care with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of Adler University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.