* Please note: The low-residency (EXAH) program is on hiatus for Fall 2020. However, our long-standing on-campus program (EXA) is still accepting applications for Fall 2020. 

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Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:
January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 - Priority deadline for all other programs (1st review): Applications after this date are considered on a space-available basis and may not be able to be considered if you miss this deadline. 

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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

  • Students may follow the curriculum for LPCC with additional summer coursework
  • 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

Intensive Arts-Based Residential Seminars

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.

Full-Time Residential Format

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.
Skylar Hall
(415) 575-6155

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