Art Therapy and Counseling…or is it Art Therapy Counseling?

As I have written over the past several years, the practice of art therapy in the US is a complicated situation at best. Despite the current movement to establish art therapists as a distinct license-drive profession, over the past decade art therapy education has married its degree titles and curriculum to the field of counseling. This marriage has been one of convenience so that art therapists could qualify for counselor licensure in as many states as possible. It has even resulted in a number of master’s degree programs changing their degree titles [the latest being Lesley University that changed its expressive arts therapy degree titles to MentalHealth Counseling earlier this year]. In other cases, a hybridized master’s degree title known as Art Therapy Counseling has emerged.


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