The Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy is a BBS-approved, 2-3 year program that is taught in person. You will work closely with a core faculty advisor throughout your course of study.
During the first year, you will develop a theoretical foundation, experience in-depth action-oriented courses, and engage in 45 hours of pre-practicum field study. During the second year, you will begin your clinical practicum while continuing to take required courses. The program concludes with an integrative seminar and capstone project.
- Self-Revelatory Performance (performed in a theater)
- A quality research or theoretical paper designed for publication
- Therapeutic theater performance directed by the student
- Video documentary of clinical drama therapy work that the student has facilitated over time
Course of Study
Sample coursework for a two-year plan (60 units total)
An integral part of the Drama Therapy program is three semesters of on-site clinical training and supervision at a wide range of possible placement sites. Trainees receive weekly supervision on-site by a licensed clinician, as well as small-group supervision at CIIS with a Registered Drama Therapist.
You are expected to pursue your own practicum placements. The Drama Therapy program and the MCP Field Placement Office will help you with all aspects of your placements.
You must complete a minimum of 300 BBS-qualifying practicum hours - 230 hours must involve drama therapy and 70 hours can involve other types and modalities of clinical client contact.
The Drama Therapy program is designed to provide an immersive academic experience that prepares you to practice drama therapy skillfully and ethically in many different contexts. Courses are crafted to provide a rich and intimate encounter with drama therapy processes that nurture personal growth and expand clinical skills.