As a mental health profession, art therapy counseling combines the therapeutic uses of art with the skills of a professional counselor to help heal and restore the function and emotional health of clients of all ages.
What You’ll Learn
- Visual art
- Creative process
- Human development
- Counseling theories and techniques
- Mental Health Centers
- Forensic Institutions
- Community Outreach Programs
- Nursing Homes
- Private Practice
How can an Art Therapy Preparation Concentration benefit me?
If you’re majoring in psychology or art you can pursue a Concentration in Art Therapy Preparation at Westfield State University. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to enter into a graduate program in Art Therapy without having to meet additional requirements.
Art therapy counselors are trained in both art and therapy
Entry-level practice requires a master's degree. Massachusetts licensure laws apply to art therapists and counselors.
Art therapists are professional providers with at least a master's degree in either art therapy or a master's degree with a concentration in art therapy. A bachelor's degree is required to get into an art therapy graduate program. The Art Therapy Preparation concentration at Westfield State University meets all coursework and portfolio requirements necessary to gain admittance into a graduate program in Art Therapy. The concentration requires 36 credits of coursework (12 classes), but is only an additional 18 credits for art or psychology majors (6 classes). Psychology majors should take at least 6 of the following ART classes.
Art 18 credits (6 classes)
Students are required to create a portfolio of 10 - 12 images each of different media/materials with a media/material not presented twice in the portfolio. A faculty member from the Art Department will assist and approve this portfolio as a requirement towards the completion of the concentration.
Requirements for Psychology Majors
Psychology majors must complete a minimum of 21 credits in the Department at Westfield State University.
Required Courses - 12 Credits
- PSYC 0101 - Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 0219 - Research Methods in Psychology I
- or COMM 0320 - Foundations of Communication Research Credits: 3or CRJU 0231 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice Credits: 3or SOCW 0204 - Introduction to Research Methods in Social Work Credits: 3
- PSYC 0308 - Statistics for Psychologists
- PSYC 0319 - Research Methods in Psychology II
Content Courses - 18 Credits
Select the number of courses indicated below from each of the 4 categories.
- Basic Processes - choose 2
- PSYC 0215 - Adaptation and Animal Behavior
- PSYC 0306 - Learning
- PSYC 0312 - Behavioral Neuroscience
- PSYC 0341 - Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC 0359 - Sensation and Perception
- Individual and Social Systems - choose 1
- PSYC 0201 - Theories of Personality
- PSYC 0304 - Social Psychology
- PSYC 0336 - Psychology of the Family
- Development - choose 1
- PSYC 0202 - Child Development
- PSYC 0203 - Adolescent Development
- PSYC 0208 - Adult Development and Aging
- Applied - choose 2
- PSYC 0200 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- PSYC 0206 - Educational Psychology
- PSYC 0303 - Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 0305 - Forensic Psychology
- PSYC 0311 - Health Psychology
- PSYC 0317 - Applied Behavior Analysis
- PSYC 0318 - Psychology of Interpersonal Relations and Communications
- PSYC 0320 - Psychometrics: Psychological Tests and Measurements
- PSYC 0322 - Theories of Counseling
Capstone Experience - 3 Credits
Pre-requisites: All capstone experiences (CE) require the student to be a senior Psychology major. Some CEs may have additional pre-requisites. Choose one of the following options:
- PSYC 0333 - Practicum in Psychology
- PSYC 0351 - Emotion
- PSYC 0364 - Capstone Experience: Psychopharmacology
- PSYC 0367 - Capstone Experience: Advanced Developmental Science
- PSYC 0369 - Capstone Experience: Psychology of Film
- PSYC 0371 - Capstone Experience: Developmental Disabilities
- PSYC 0372 - Capstone Experience: Behaviorism in Contemporary Society
- PSYC 0374 - Capstone Experience: Health of Vulnerable Populations
- PSYC 0376 - Capstone Experience: Psychology of Depression
- PSYC 0378 - Capstone Experience: Ethics in Psychology
- PSYC 0380 - Capstone Experience: Positive Psychology
- PSYC 0382 - Capstone Experience: Psychological Assessment and Program Evaluation
- PSYC 0384 - Capstone Experience: Psychology of Crime Lab
- PSYC 0386 - Capstone Experience: ABA Research Design and Ethics
- PSYC 0396 - Capstone Experience: Independent Study
- Honors Thesis in Psychology (as part of the University Honors program) Other CE offerings may be available in any given semester. Please see your academic advisor for details.Note: If receiving 6 credits for PSYC 0333, 0396, 0397, or Honors Thesis, 3 credits may apply to the capstone requirement and 3 may apply to Psychology major electives.
Electives in Psychology - 6 credits
2, 200- or 300-level psychology courses with advisement.
Department Assessment Post-Test
CORE Lab Science - 4 Credits
- Knowledge Base
- Scientific Inquiry & Critical Thinking
- Ethical & Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
- Professional Development