Our alumni change the world, where will a degree in Expressive Art Therapy take you?

CIIS’ Expressive Arts Therapy program integrates a rigorous education in theories and methods of psychotherapy with intensive training in expressive arts therapy and counseling psychology. Our graduates are prepared for exciting professional careers in mental health settings, education, and more:

  • Schools and education-based settings
  • Community mental health, arts, and social justice organizations
  • Hospitals and residential treatment programs
  • Consulting and coaching
  • Private practice

The training for this program meets the educational requirements for California's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license and California's Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license. This program is also designed to meet the educational requirements to become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA).

This program has been transforming for me at both a personal and professional level. It has been such a unique experience to be part of the CIIS community and it has equipped me to work with diverse populations through the empowering use of arts. 

–June, Class of '20

Alumni in Action

Get inspired by their stories.

Expressive Arts Therapy students offer weekly after-school programs for elementary school children

Alum Karin von Daler co-developed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy oriented method for working with people struggling with intense emotional dysregulation

Expressive Arts Therapy Alum Suraya Keating directed a production of Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" starring male inmates at San Quentin State Prison