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What is Art Therapy?

The American Art Therapy Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization dedicated to the growth and development of the art therapy profession. Founded in 1969, The American Art Therapy Association is one of the world’s leading art therapy membership organizations.

Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Art Therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.

Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Art Therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.

Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Honoring individuals’ values and beliefs, art therapists work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.

Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience, and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.

Updated June 2017

Become an Art Therapist

You have what it takes to be a compassionate Art Therapist! Connecticut has an official Masters of Art Therapy and Counseling program at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven. 

Here are the standard requirements and information for admission into MAAT-C Programs (specifically Albertus Magnus College): 

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 system

  • A minimum of 18 credits in studio art. Credits must include courses in drawing, painting, and ceramics, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8

  • A minimum of 15 credits in psychology. Credits must include Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and a course in Statistics for the Social Sciences, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8

  • For non-native English-speakers, proficiency in English as demonstrated by at least three years of successful academic work at a college or university using English as the primary language of instruction and evaluation, or by a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based

  • Interview/evaluation with Program Director and faculty. 

Application Process

  • A completed application 

  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended

  • For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based

  • Two letters of recommendation preferably from academic professors, clinical supervisors and/or persons in authority positions with awareness of your interpersonal, academic, and/or artistic skill sets.

  • A personal essay of at least two pages (typed in 12 point font) indicating one's reasons for applying to the program.

  • A portfolio of original artwork demonstrating competence with a variety of art media, including painting, drawing, and ceramics/sculpture.