Expressive Arts Therapy
MA Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration: Weaving the Arts into Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Social Change
Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:
January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 - First priority deadline for all other programs: Submit by February 15th for guaranteed review. After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.
March 15, 2020 – 2nd Priority Deadline: Submit by March 15th @ 11:59pm PST.
April 15, 2020 – 3rd Priority Deadline: Submit by April 15 @ 11:59pm PST.
May 15, 2020 – 4th Priority Deadline: Submit by May 15 @ 11:59pm PST. Please note some of our programs are already full and no longer accepting applications - these are Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday) and Somatic Psychology. We also expect the Expressive Arts Therapy program and Clinical Psychology program to fill shortly.
At California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development, and healing.
The Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) concentration in counseling psychology prepares students for practicing the art and science of expressive arts therapy through a curriculum rooted in contemporary, creative, competency-based adult learning approaches.
The EXA concentration curriculum is tailored to meet State of CA licensure requirements for the MFT. Students attend a week-long residential seminar at the beginning of each semester. The seminar is held at CIIS' campus in the heart of San Francisco.
Highlights of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program include:
Completion of CIIS' State of CA-approved 60 unit curriculum preparing students for licensure as either a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or 67-unit Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Preparation for Registered Expressive Arts Therapist credential (REAT) via the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Support for International Students through CIIS' International Student Advisor
Deep integration of multimodal arts approaches into teaching and learning
Immersive, arts-based residential seminars begin each semester where students complete up to one-third of semester coursework
Teaching methodologies promoting the scholar-artist-practitioner model through integration of theory into "real world" reflective practice
Faculty skilled in arts-based face-to-face and online approaches to teaching and learning
Students, faculty, and advisers come together in our residential seminars to engage in extensive experiential intermodal arts-based learning, completing up to a third of the in-class coursework for the semester.
Students engage in three years of face-to-face study at CIIS's campus in San Francisco. In the second year, students officially engage in action learning, integrating theory and expressive arts into practice within an approved community setting, in either a voluntary or paid capacity. Students engage in a formal yearlong practicum in the third year. Each student is assigned to an Academic Advisor.
Questions? Please feel free to reach out to our program's Admissions Counselor.