Expressive Arts Intensive

Embracing the power of the arts for healing, growth, and social change.

The Expressive Arts Therapy program uses an innovative Scholar-Artist-Practitioner model that unites academic knowledge, clinical practice, and community engagement with the arts as the central focus. We embrace all artistic disciplines as means of positive transformation.

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Creativity That Makes A Difference

The Expressive Arts Therapy M.A. at CIIS unites evidence-based psychological training with a wide range of creative practices to health, growth, and social change. We embrace all artistic disciplines as means of positive transformation.

Our program emphasizes hands-on learning through experiential and collaborative coursework. We place a premium on co-learning between students and faculty by creating opportunities for rich, playful, and diverse conversations and experiences.

Expressive Arts Therapy is one of five master’s programs offered through CIIS’ Counseling Psychology department. The pedagogy provides an engaging online, hybrid curriculum that weaves multimodal expressive arts, such as visual and digital arts, music, dance and movement, poetry, spoken word, and drama into all courses.

The program works on the innovative Scholar-Artist-Practitioner model that focuses on uniting academic knowledge, clinical practice, and community engagement. Throughout the program students engage with peers and faculty in a collaborative, liberatory-focused, arts-based environment. We place a premium on co-learning between students and faculty by creating opportunities for rich, playful, and diverse conversations and experiences.

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Which one of our five unique specializations is right for you?

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    Expressive Arts Therapy

    Integrate creative expression with clinical and community practice

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    Community Mental Health

    Focus on healing through social justice and structural change

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    Drama Therapy

    Utilize drama and theater to promote psychological health

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    Integral Counseling Psychology

    Incorporate the mind, body, and spirit into therapeutic practice

    Somatic Pyschology

    Somatic Psychology

    Bring an embodied approach to whole-person healing

    EXA Spring 2024 Retreat
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    Peacock blue green duotone image of a woman dancing with a billowing sheer scarf
    Drops on leaf by Dan Carlson
    Somatic Pyschology

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