Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy

Appalachian State University offers a Post Master's Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. Individuals who hold a master's degree in counseling or other mental health related area or a master's degree in an arts therapy field are eligible to apply. In addition, students pursuing a master's degree in the Human Development and Psychological Counseling Department or the Department of Social Work may pursue the Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy in addition to and in conjunction with their master's degree. The Graduate Certificate In Expressive Arts Therapy requires 18 hours of coursework.

Required Courses for Expressive Arts Therapy Graduate Certificate (18 semester hours)

  • HPC 6360: Therapy and the Expressive Arts (3)
  • HPC 6370: Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy (pre-requisite HPC 6360) (3)
  • HPC 6390: Current Issues in Expressive Arts (pre-requisite HPC 6360) (3)
  • 9 additional semester hours of coursework selected with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor

Elective Courses in Expressive Arts Therapy

  • HPC 5860: Dreamwork: Clinical Methods (3)
  • HPC 5870: Creative Process, Movement & Therapy (3)
  • HPC 6160: Gestalt Therapy (3)
  • HPC 6340: Ecotherapy (3)
  • HPC 6350: Body/Mind (3)
  • HPC 6355: Mindfulness Based Counseling (3)
  • HPC 6365: Expressive Arts Summer Institute (3 - 9)
  • HPC 6366: EXA Child/Adolescents (3 - 6)
  • HPC 6380: Therapeutic Writing (3)
  • DAN 5460: Somatics (3)
  • DAN 5480: Advanced Pilates (3)
  • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5060: Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (3)

Practicum and Internship Portfolio Option

Students using the expressive arts in practicum or internship settings may also count 3 credit hours of Practicum or 3 credit hours of Internship towards the certificate so long as they complete the following expressive arts portfolio requirements in addition to the successful completion of practicum or internship requirements. The purpose of the portfolio is to provide documentation of student understanding and practice of expressive arts therapy and for the future possibility of becoming a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

Expressive Arts Portfolio Requirements

The Portfolio (6 - 10 pages, 8.5 by 11 Inches) represents a synopsis in artistic form of the work of the practicum or internship. The portfolio should consist of the following:

  1. Commentary on the use of expressive arts therapy, not just modalities, but also principles of practice and theoretical foundations.
  2. Personal artistic/poetic responses to experiences with clients (For confidentiality purposes, please do not use any names or identifying data).
  3. Personal artistic/poetic responses to overall experience of working as a counselor with an artistic perspective on the therapeutic process. Include moments of successes, fear, doubt, self-discovery, and self-care.

A digital PDF copy of the portfolio should be submitted to the Expressive Arts Program Coordinator at the conclusion of the practicum and/or internship.