Certificate in Expressive Arts Counseling
Expressive Arts Counseling Certificate Overview
Purdue University Northwest’s expressive arts counseling post-master’s certificate is an 18-hour program that is designed for master’s degree students in counseling or social work. This program, although not a licensing program, follows the guidelines for art therapy credentialing boards in teaching/learning. The courses are based in Jungian theories.
This program is inclusive of all forms of art. The project-based course work is only limited by your imagination. Within a Jungian theoretical framework, the use of symbolism and color in diverse cultures is emphasized.
Expressive Arts Counseling Post-Master's Certificate Curriculum
Our comprehensive curriculum explores symbolism in expressive arts therapy, painting, poetry, dreams, music, movement and spiritual expression. You’ll complete a professional project that incorporates healing through the arts and take field trips to sites that encourage deeper exploration into various art forms.
- EDPS 51100 – Expressive Arts Professional Project: Healing Through The Arts
- EDPS 51200 – Expressive Arts: Painting, Poetry, And Dreams
- EDPS 51300 – Expressive Arts: Symbolism In Expressive Arts
Expressive Arts Counseling Post-Master's Certificate Highlights
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 7 percent increase in job opportunities for expressive arts counseling professionals. This program teaches you to work with clients who are non-verbal, survivors of trauma and other vulnerable populations.
Expressive Arts Counseling Post-Master's Certificate Outcomes
With this certificate, you’ll get a comprehensive education in all aspects of expressive arts therapy. You’ll learn to use expressive arts therapeutic techniques in an ethical manner – whether in private practice or at an agency.
Expressive Arts Counseling Certificate Career Paths
This certificate empowers counselors and social workers to use expressive art techniques in their counseling practice.
Expressive Arts Counseling Certificate Beyond the Classroom
Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for counseling students and counseling professionals. You’ll become eligible to join after six hours of B or better work and appropriate comportment.
Expressive Arts Counseling Certificate Employers
Graduates of this program are employed in organizations like:
- Crown Counseling Services
- Clarity Counseling Services
- Samaritan Counseling Services
From the time I enrolled until the time I graduated PNW, I was blessed to encounter wonderful and intelligent professors and classmates who have become dear friends to me.
As a musician, it was an incredible experience to integrate my passion for creative and expressive art forms with the clinical counseling skills I was developing. I gained invaluable experience and grew not only as a mental health counselor, but a person as a whole.
Meet the Faculty
Associate Professor of Education
Mary J. Didelot, Ph.D., is an associate professor of education, School of Education and Counseling. Her teaching and research centers on the implementation of counseling techniques in addictions and art.
Associate Professor of Education
Lisa Hollingsworth is the program coordinator for the graduate counseling programs. She teaches courses in all of the program areas and researches in the area of existential approaches to counseling.
Earn a Post-Master's Certificate in Expressive Arts Counseling at PNW
Purdue University Northwest’s expressive arts certificate allows you to explore symbolism in expressive arts therapy, painting, poetry, dreams, music, movement and spiritual expression in your therapy practices!
To see how a post-master’s certificate in expressive arts counseling from PNW opens doors, from therapy sessions to non-profit work, take the next step today!