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 the Adler School 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.
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.
- 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 Community Service 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.