Expressive Arts Therapy Counseling Psychology Master of Arts (MA)

A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Trauma and Resiliency

The MA in Counseling Psychology in Expressive Arts Therapy program is specifically designed to prepare the next generation of mental health professionals in the therapeutic use of expressive arts processes for personal, family and community transformation. Combining expressive arts with strong counseling and trauma treatment skills can be a powerful way to help the lives of individuals, families, and communities throughout many regions of the world.

Trauma Sensitive
Our program integrates information on trauma, affect regulation, and the development of a strengths based, phase-oriented approach to trauma treatment to support the stabilization and resiliency of the client. Students learn first hand how to develop a sense of safety in their body, in their environment, and in their relationships both intrapsychically and interpersonally to then translate this learning to their clients and maintain a regulated, supportive therapeutic relationship.

Cross Cultural Competency
The Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy program incorporates participatory action research, liberation psychology, and traditional (non-western) models of healing and client/community engagement.An international immersion course in Guatemala is offered where students learn how to identify their role, approach, and relevant materials in an international-based cross-cultural relationship.The Latino Mental Health Program at William James College also offers travel and learning opportunities abroad.

Expressive Arts Therapy
The use of expressive arts therapy encourages interaction, sharing and trust in a safe place. Our curriculum mirrors this. Students will learn the history, ethics and practice of expressive arts therapy, integrated with the core curriculum of the counseling psychology requirements, which focuses on resilience and the integration of diversity, difference and inclusion.

Licensure eligible in Mental Health Counseling in Massachusetts and Registered Expressive Arts Therapy Eligible
The William James College program is among a few programs in New England to meet the educational standards for both the International Expressive Art Therapy Association for becoming a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), and the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Profession to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Students seeking licensure in other states must ensure that their degree program satisfies the requirements of the licensing board in that state(s).

Course LMHC Requirements REAT Requirements
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy X  
Adult Psychopathology X  
Psychological Appraisal and Assessment X  
Professional Issues and  Ethics X X
Practicum Seminar I: Helping Relationships I & II X X
Psychology of Diversity and Difference X X
Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence X X
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy X X
Lifespan Development X X
Research and Evaluation in Psychology X X
Introduction to Family Therapy X X
Counseling and Expressive Arts Internship I & II X X
Practical Approaches in Arts Expressive Therapy   X
Advanced Expressive Therapies: Theory & Practice   X
Expressive Arts in Trauma Treatment   X
Introduction to Play Therapy   X
Psychodrama and Drama Therapy   X
Capstone Project Seminar   X
Extra courses    
Consultation, Collaboration and Community Partnerships    
Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment    

Curriculum Map
Year  One: Fall Semester (14 credits)
COU CX510 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3)
COU PY521 - Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence (credits: 3)
COU PS635 - Professional Issues and Ethics (credits: 3)
COU ET601 - Practical Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy (credits: 3)
COU CS500 - Practicum Seminar I: Helping Relationships I (credits: 2)
COU FP521 - Counseling Practicum I (credits: 0) (12-16 hours/week)

Year One: Spring Semester (14 credits)
COU PY522 - Adult Psychopathology (credits: 3)
COU PA535 - Psychological Assessment for Counselors (credits: 3)
COU ET650 - Advanced Expressive Therapies: Theory and Practice (credits: 3)
COU CC523 - Psychology of Diversity and Difference (credits: 3)
COU CS501 - Practicum Seminar II: Helping Relationships II (credits: 2)
COU FP523 - Counseling Practicum II (credits: 0) (12-16 hours/week)

Year One Total: 28 credits
Year Two: Summer Semester (9 credits)
COU GR501 - Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3)
COU LS659 - Lifespan Development (credits: 3)
COU CO500 - Consultation, Collaboration, and Community Partnerships (credits: 3)

Year Two: Fall Semester (12 credits)
COU RS510 - Research and Evaluation in Psychology (credits: 3)
COU FX510 - Introduction to Family Therapy (credits: 3)
Expressive Art Therapies Elective I (Special populations) (credits: 3)
Elective (credits: 1)
COU CS610 - Internship Seminar I (credits: 2)
COU FP624 - Counseling Internship I (credits: 0)  (20-24 hours/week)

Year Two: Spring Semester (11 credits)
COU SB515 - Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment (credits: 3)
COU PR624 - Capstone Project Seminar (credits: 3)
Expressive Art Therapies Elective II (Special populations) (credits: 3)
COU CS611 - Internship Seminar II (credits: 2)
COU FP625 - Counseling Internship II (credits: 0)  (20-24 hours/week)

Year Two Total: 32 credits
Program Total: 60 credits
COU ET610 - Expressive Arts with Families (credits: 3)
COU ET620 - Express Arts in Trauma Treatment (credits: 3)
COU ET630 - Introduction to Play Therapy (credits: 3)
COU ET640 - Psychodrama and Drama Therapy (credits: 3)

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