The mission of The George Washington University Art Therapy Graduate Program is to train exceptionally skilled therapists whose professional practice is grounded in a broad understanding of the most current clinical art therapy, counseling, and trauma theories; the application of the best research and evaluation methodologies; and the consistent use of diverse, integrative and culturally responsive treatment strategies.
- Students will have a broad knowledge of foundational approaches, theories, techniques, and evaluation methods of art therapy and counseling.
- Students will be able to engage in clinical work with insight and self-awareness and a high level of professional, ethical, and multicultural competence with diverse client populations.
- Students will have developed proficiency as art therapy researchers, understanding the inter-relationship between theory, practice, and science.
- Students will cultivate their identity as an artist and art therapist and have experience exhibiting their artwork in a professional manner.
- Students will gain understanding of the latest theory of the psychobiology of traumatic stress, and will have clinical skills using verbal and non-verbal approaches in the treatment of trauma related disorders.
- Access to leaders in the field of art therapy and mental health who encompass a wide range of therapeutic specializations.
- Maximum to leaders in the field of art therapy and mental health who encompass a wide range of therapeutic specializations.
- Over 100 internship options in psychiatric, educational, medical and community-based settings.
- International coursework with social and cultural diversity summer courses and internship opportunities in India, South Africa, France, and the American Indian territory.
- Community clients in the Art Therapy Clinic with ability to review video-taped sessions.
- Open studios with the opportunity to exhibit art in the Art Therapy Gallery.
- Workshops and postgraduate continuing education seminars on advanced clinical issues.
- Close proximity to the nation’s capital and major art museums and medical/research libraries.