Welcome to Expressive Arts Therapy

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, dreamwork, and visual arts together, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing. It is about reclaiming our innate capacity as human beings for creative expression of our individual and collective human experience in artistic form. Expressive arts therapy is also about experiencing the natural capacity of creative expression and creative community for healing.

Program History

Expressive Arts Therapy at Appalachian State University began in 1985 when the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian offered a course called Therapy and the Expressive Arts. Faculty presenters included counselors, arts therapists, therapists who were artists and artists who used dreams and the creative process for personal and professional growth. They modeled the course on the concepts of an interdisciplinary approach and a creative, therapeutic community of faculty and students. In 1997, faculty members who had been collaborating in that course began to meet monthly, thereby establishing a formal interdisciplinary group known as the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective. From their collaboration and with inspiration and support from the Hubbard Center for Faculty and Staff Support, they developed an Expressive Arts Therapy concentration within the master's degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as a Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy.

Find Out More

We Currently offer the following program options within Expressive Arts Therapy. Click the links below for more information.

Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration
Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate

News

news thumbnail Reminder: Register by March 1st 2014 for Expressive Arts and Contemplative Practice Institute!
We are excitedly planning the “Expressive Arts & Contemplative Practice” Summer Institute, May 12 - 16, 2014! During...
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Check out the Norwegian Institute of Expressive Arts and Communication (NIKUT)'s 27th Spring Symposium in Expressive Arts!...
news thumbnail 2014 Summer Institute: Expressive Arts and Contemplative Practice
We are pleased to announce the details of our annual Expressive Arts Therapy Summer Institute, which will takeplace May...