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Majors in Art Therapy

The Art Therapy curriculum at LIU Post seeks an effective balance between theory, and practice. Survey classes such as ARTH 600 (Theories of Art Therapy) and ARTH 605 (The History and Philosophy of Art Therapy) provide students with a strong theoretical foundation in clinical art therapy and counseling. The orientation of these three courses is both eclectic and comprehensive in nature. ARTH 607 integrates group counseling processes with clinical art therapy practice. ARTH 609 focuses on the integration and application of clinical art therapy and counseling techniques with children and adolescents utilizing drive theory, learning theory and, object relations theory as foundational constructs. ARTH 611 is a comprehensive overview of family therapy and counseling and its application to art psychotherapy. While creative exploration is provided in all of the academic courses, studio workshops such as ARTH 602 (Drawing, Painting and Sculpture for the Art Therapist - Studio) focus squarely upon developing and enhancing the art therapy student's art making capacities. Work in painting, drawing, clay work and sculpture is complemented by applications made in the clinical milieu. ARTH 603 (Multicultural Issues in Clinical Art Therapy and counseling) focuses on the development of culture-specific methods of art therapy and counseling treatment for culturally diverse populations and stimulates awareness of racial, ethical, political and gender biases inherent in society and the mental health field. ARTH 616 (Clinical Projectives and Art Based Assessments) explores the historical and theoretical premises related to adult diagnostic art assessment and evaluation that are pertinent when working in the clinical setting.

ARTH 614 and 615 (Internship I & II: Supervision Seminar) are clinical internships. Internships are completed by all graduate students, traditionally entering their second year of study. Over ninety clinical sites are affiliated with our graduate clinical art therapy program. These clinical affiliations are local to the New York Metropolitan tri-state area, as well as national and international internships. Supervision supports the students while in the field. Thesis tutorials, ARTH 706 (Research Methods), 707 (Thesis Research) and 708 (Thesis), prepare the students for their advanced research projects. Course work in psychology emphasizes current A.P.A. standards, with emphasis upon the psychopathologies featured in the DSM-IV, while psychopharmacology initiates the art therapy student into the field of psychotropic medication and its impact upon the therapeutic process. A range of counseling courses, such as play therapy, multi-cultural or gender counseling, round out this dynamic multi-faceted curriculum.



ARTH 600 Theories in Art Therapy and Counseling
ARTH 602 Studio: Drawing, Painting and Sculpture for the Art Therapist
ARTH 605 History and Philosophy of Art Therapy
EDC 676 Career Development


ARTH 607 Clinical Group Techniques in Art Therapy and Counseling
ARTH 609 Theories of Art Therapy and Counseling in Child/Adolescent Populations
ARTH 616 Clinical Art-Based Assessments in Art Therapy
PSY 655 Psychopathology


ARTH 706 Research Methods
ARTH 614 Internship I: Clinical Art Therapy: Supervision Seminar
ARTH 603 Multicultural Issues in Counseling & Clinical Art Therapy


ARTH 611 Therapeutic Systems: Family Art Therapy and Counseling
ARTH 615 Internship II: Clinical Art Therapy Supervision Seminar
ARTH 707 Thesis: Research & Literature Review


ARTH 708 Art Therapy Thesis
PSY 666 Psychopharmacology
Studio Art Elective