Students who successfully pursue this new degree will emerge prepared with academic, clinical and research experience in preparation for the credentials of Registration as an Art Therapist (ATR) according to the educational guidelines established by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).
Positioned within the urban campus Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), this two-year, full-time residential program is the only one of its kind in the state of Indiana. The program provides a foundation in art therapy where the general concepts of science, art and the creative process are understood and applied in a therapeutic context.
This program is supported through a partnership with Riley Hospital for Children. Students are required to engage in clinical training within the IU Health system and surrounding Indianapolis community as a part of their coursework.
Honoring the dynamic nature of the psyche, the art therapist calls upon the theoretical and practical application of psychotherapeutic principles through a variety of interventions and in myriad settings including mental health, medical, educational and forensic facilities.
Students will be trained from didactic and experiential models that encourage personal art making within Herron’s studios. The use of imagery to conceptualize symbolic communication and expression of the unconscious is taught through the application of present-day assessment and intervention strategies in areas such as neuroscience and trauma, and through research methodologies including art-based and evidence-based practices.
To cultivate the understanding of creativity as a process that elicits the integration of psychic systems, divergent thinking strategies, and overall healing. Students are encouraged to explore their identity as artists and as therapists through the experiential pedagogies offered in the Herron School of Art and Design and within Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana's urban research and academic health sciences campus. Students in the program will also be placed in practicum and internship experiences at regional healthcare facilities, mental health treatment centers and independent organizations that service vulnerable populations.
To integrate the theoretical foundations of art psychotherapy with the most current neuroscience findings in the preparation of skilled Masters level clinicians to assess, intervene and treat people with various emotional, cognitive, physical, and mental health disabilities.
To prepare students with fundamental research skills which encourage the exploration of the multi-disciplinary possibilities and implications of art therapy theory, practice, and program development.