Art Therapy, Art Therapy/Counseling Requirements

Art Therapy

Admissions Requirements
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Admission to Candidacy
Degree-seeking students will be reviewed for candidacy after the completion of all prerequisites, ATH 501 Intro to Art Therapy, Ethics, and Fieldwork, ATH 529 Human Development, ATH 612 Psychopathology for Art Therapists, ATH 615 Practicum, and prior to taking ATH 700 Internship I.  Candidacy status will be granted to those who have attained a minimum grade of B (3.0) in each course and who have been judged suitable for continuation in either program by the Associate Dean, faculty, practicum coordinator, and field work supervisors. Students who are not accepted into candidacy may be asked to withdraw from the Art Therapy program.

Graduate Requirements
1.   51 credits of graduate study, as follows:
ATH 501 Introduction to Art Therapy, Ethics, and Fieldwork - 3 cr.
ATH 529 Human Development - 3 cr.
ATH 612 Psychopathology for Art Therapists - 3 cr.
ATH 614 Art Therapy with Groups - 3 cr .
ATH 615 Practicum - 3 cr.
ATH 650 Research Methodology - 3 cr.
ATH 700 Internship I - 3 cr.
ATH 701 Internship II - 3 cr.
ATH 715 Thesis - 3 cr.
ART 554 Psychology of Art Materials or ART 676 Creative Modalities - 3 cr.
ART 507 Workshop in Imagery Transformation - 3 cr.
Art Therapy Electives - 9 cr .
Studio Art Electives - 6 cr .
Psychology - 3 cr.
2.   Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B), no lower than B (3.0) in required courses;
3.   Completion of all degree requirements within five years from the date of matriculation to candidacy. The Art Therapy degree program may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evenings during the fall, spring, intersession, and two summer sessions. Required courses are offered only during the fall and spring semesters.

Courses
For descriptions of courses, please download the Graduate School Catalog.

Fieldwork, Practicum, and Internship Hours
Full-time and part-time Art Therapy students take Fieldwork, Practicum, and Internship during the course of either program. Most placements require the student to attend during daytime work hours. Therefore, students, particularly those who work full-time, need to plan accordingly. ATH 501 Introduction to Art Therapy requires students to spend at least 4 hours per week, for 10 weeks, at a fieldwork placement with an art therapist. ATH 615 Practicum requires students to spend at least 7.5 hours per week, for 15 weeks, at a practicum placement with a licensed, registered art therapist. Students are encouraged to select different placements for each experience. Internship I and II are taken in the second year of the program and also require supervision by a licensed, registered art therapist. Prerequisites are a minimum grade of B (3.0) in each required course, a 3.0 Index, and the completion of ATH 501, 612, 615 with at least 24 credits in the program. ATH 700 Internship I and ATH 701 Internship II are offered under two options. For Option One, students spend 20 hours, for 30 weeks, at the internship placement, under the supervision of a licensed, registered Art Therapist (ATR). For Option Two, students spread the internship hours over consecutive semesters, beginning in the fall, and continuing into the following spring and summer semesters, under the supervision of a licensed, registered art therapist (ATR). For both options students attend a 2.5 hour, weekly supervision seminar on campus with the faculty supervisor.

Acceptance into Internship
Students who plan to take Internship apply for Acceptance into Internship by May 1 in the semester prior to Fall Internship. Eligible students will complete a verification form that confirms Admission to Candidacy, completion, or satisfactory progress in 24 credits in the program, including Introduction to Art Therapy, Practicum, and Psychopathology for Art Therapists. In addition, students must be recommended for Internship by two fieldwork on-site supervisors, art therapy faculty, and the Practicum/Internship Coordinator. Applications for Acceptance into Internship are available in the division office.

Internship Orientation Meeting
Students who plan to register for Internship must attend an orientation to internship meeting during the previous spring semester. Date and time will be announced by the Program Coordinator and Practicum/Internship Coordinator. Students must also meet individually with the Coordinator prior to seeking and establishing a placement. All placements must be approved by the Practicum/Internship Coordinator.

Registration, Board Certification, and Licensing
After completion of this Art Therapy degree program plus 1,000 hours of supervised employment in the field of art therapy, students are eligible to apply to the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) for the credential Registered Art Therapist (ATR). An application is available from the ATCB: www.atcb.org.
After obtaining the ATR, art therapists may apply to the ATCB to take the Board Certification Exam. After earning a passing score on the exam, art therapists receive the credential "Board Certified" (ATR-BC).
Graduates of the Art Therapy degree program who obtain employment in New York State must apply for a limited permit to practice art therapy. After completion of 1500 hours of supervised employment in the field of art therapy, graduates are eligible to apply to New York State Education Department for licensure as Creative Arts Therapists (LCAT). Information and forms for the limited permit and licensure can be found on the website: www.op.nysed.gov.

Graduates of the program who obtain employment in other states are responsible for contacting the state licensing office and becoming familiar with licensing policies and procedures for that state.

Child Abuse Seminar
New York State Department of Education requires all students who are applying for Initial certification to have completed a two-hour seminar on Child Abuse. The seminar must be taken within the context of a course or as an independently scheduled, approved seminar. The seminar is given each Fall and Spring semester. Students register in the Division of Education.

Code of Ethics
The faculty members from the Art Therapy degree Program accept the Codes of Ethics of the American Art Therapy Association, the American Psychological Association, the Art Therapy Credentials Board, and the American Counseling Association as the standards of professional practice. Accordingly, candidates accepted for the Art Therapy degree program are expected to respect the values inherent in the Codes. In particular, violations of the right to privacy will not be tolerated.

Art Therapy/Counseling

Admissions Requirements
To view Admissions requirements for this program, please click here

Admission to Candidacy
Degree-seeking students will be reviewed for candidacy after the completion of all prerequisites, ATH 501 Intro to Art Therapy, Ethics, and Fieldwork, ATH 529 Human Development, ATH 612 Psychopathology for Art Therapists, ATH 615 Practicum, and prior to taking ATH 700 Internship I.  Candidacy status will be granted to those who have attained a minimum grade of B (3.0) in each course and who have been judged suitable for continuation in either program by the Associate Dean, faculty, practicum coordinator, and field work supervisors. Students who are not accepted into candidacy may be asked to withdraw from the Art Therapy program.

Graduate Requirements
1.   60 credits of graduate study, as follows:
ATH 501 Introduction to Art Therapy, Ethics, and Fieldwork - 3 cr.
ATH 529 Human Development - 3 cr.
ATH 610 Art Therapy Assessments - 3 cr.
ATH 612 Psychopathology for Art Therapists - 3 cr.
ATH 614 Art Therapy with Groups - 3 cr.
ATH 615 Practicum - 3 cr.
ATH 650 Research Methodology - 3 cr.
ATH 700 Internship I - 3 cr.
ATH 701 Internship II - 3 cr.
ATH 715 Thesis - 3 cr.
ART 554 Psychology of Art Materials or ART 676 Creative Modalities - 3 cr.
ART 507 Workshop in Imagery Transformation - 3 cr.
CLD 540 Theories of Counseling - 3 cr.
PSY 581 Interviewing & Counseling - 3 cr.
PSY 586 Counseling the Culturally Diverse - 3 cr.
Art Therapy Electives - 9 cr.
Studio Art Electives - 6 cr.
2.   Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B), no lower than B (3.0) in required courses;
3.   Completion of all Art Therapy degree requirements within five years from the date of matriculation to candidacy. The program may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evenings during the fall, spring, intersession, and two summer sessions. Required Art Therapy courses are offered only during the fall and spring semesters.

Courses
For descriptions of courses, please download the Graduate School Catalog.

Fieldwork, Practicum, and Internship Hours
Full-time and part-time Art Therapy students take Fieldwork, Practicum, and Internship during the course of either program. Most placements require the student to attend during daytime work hours. Therefore, students, particularly those who work full-time, need to plan accordingly. ATH 501 Introduction to Art Therapy requires students to spend at least 4 hours per week, for 10 weeks, at a fieldwork placement with an art therapist. ATH 615 Practicum requires students to spend at least 7.5 hours per week, for 15 weeks, at a practicum placement with a licensed, registered art therapist. Students are encouraged to select different placements for each experience. Internship I and II are taken in the second year of the program and also require supervision by a licensed, registered art therapist. Prerequisites are a minimum grade of B (3.0) in each required course, a 3.0 Index, and the completion of ATH 501, 612, 615 with at least 24 credits in the program. ATH 700 Internship I and ATH 701 Internship II are offered under two options. For Option One, students spend 20 hours, for 30 weeks, at the internship placement, under the supervision of a licensed, registered Art Therapist (ATR). For Option Two, students spread the internship hours over consecutive semesters, beginning in the fall, and continuing into the following spring and summer semesters, under the supervision of a licensed, registered art therapist (ATR). For both options students attend a 2.5 hour, weekly supervision seminar on campus with the faculty supervisor.

Acceptance into Internship
Students who plan to take Internship apply for Acceptance into Internship by May 1 in the semester prior to Fall Internship. Eligible students will complete a verification form that confirms Admission to Candidacy, completion, or satisfactory progress in 24 credits in the program, including Introduction to Art Therapy, Practicum, and Psychopathology for Art Therapists. In addition, students must be recommended for Internship by two fieldwork on-site supervisors, art therapy faculty, and the Practicum/Internship Coordinator. Applications for Acceptance into Internship are available in the division office.

Internship Orientation Meeting
Students who plan to register for Internship must attend an orientation to internship meeting during the previous spring semester. Date and time will be announced by the Program Coordinator and Practicum/Internship Coordinator. Students must also meet individually with the Coordinator prior to seeking and establishing a placement. All placements must be approved by the Practicum/Internship Coordinator.

Registration, Board Certification, and Licensing
After completion of this Art Therapy degree program plus 1,000 hours of supervised employment in the field of art therapy, students are eligible to apply to the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) for the credential Registered Art Therapist (ATR). An application is available from the ATCB: www.atcb.org.
After obtaining the ATR, art therapists may apply to the ATCB to take the Board Certification Exam. After earning a passing score on the exam, art therapists receive the credential "Board Certified" (ATR-BC).
Graduates of the Art Therapy degree program who obtain employment in New York State must apply for a limited permit to practice art therapy. After completion of 1500 hours of supervised employment in the field of art therapy, graduates are eligible to apply to New York State Education Department for licensure as Creative Arts Therapists (LCAT). Information and forms for the limited permit and licensure can be found on the website: www.op.nysed.gov.

Graduates of the program who obtain employment in other states are responsible for contacting the state licensing office and becoming familiar with licensing policies and procedures for that state.

Child Abuse Seminar
New York State Department of Education requires all students who are applying for Initial certification to have completed a two-hour seminar on Child Abuse. The seminar must be taken within the context of a course or as an independently scheduled, approved seminar. The seminar is given each Fall and Spring semester. Students register in the Division of Education.

Code of Ethics
The faculty members from the Art Therapy degree Program accept the Codes of Ethics of the American Art Therapy Association, the American Psychological Association, the Art Therapy Credentials Board, and the American Counseling Association as the standards of professional practice. Accordingly, candidates accepted for the Art Therapy degree program are expected to respect the values inherent in the Codes. In particular, violations of the right to privacy will not be tolerated.