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


Save the Date: 2017 Expressive Arts Summer Institiute
Save the Date for the 2017 Expressive Arts Summer Institute! The Appalachian State Expressive Arts Therapy program is glad...
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Join us!  In our yearly Child and Adolescent Institute (HPC 6366) It will be offere July 5th-8th, 2016, at Appalachian...
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Save the Date! The Expressive Arts Summer Institute (HPC 6365) is back! It will be offered on May 16-20, 2016, at Wildacres...