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Creative Arts Therapy

Our Master of Science Creative Arts Therapy Program is the only program of its kind in the region. It prepares those educated in art or music to be effective and ethical professionals specializing in the fields of Art Therapy or Music Therapy. Using highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches, the Nazareth College program is committed to developing people who are capable of applying intellectual strength, ethics, and aesthetic values in the treatment of individuals, groups, and families.  Upon completion of this program, you will earn a Master of Science in Creative Arts Therapy degree with a specialization in Art Therapy or Music Therapy.

Key to the strength and success of the program is our faculty, all of whom are licensed mental health professionals. Throughout the program you’ll work with and collaborate with this group of professionals who continually demonstrate excellence in teaching, practice, research, publishing, and service. Beyond the accomplishments and publications of the entire faculty, the Creative Arts Therapy Department houses an eclectic mix of instructors from the following fields:

  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Dance / Movement Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Play Therapy
  • Reiki Treatment
  • Yoga Therapy

 Art Therapy Specialization

Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

Art therapists advance cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual repair and are licensed professionals trained in both Art and Psychology. They are skilled in various art media, and qualified practitioners in assessment, diagnosis, research and treatment. They provide diagnostic information and consultation to allied health professionals.

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