Art Therapy & Counseling Program Mission and Vision Statements


As passionate, creative, and highly skilled educators, our mission is to provide comprehensive, engaging, and in-depth art therapy education. Our students develop strong artist-therapist identities through growth-oriented and reflective classroom, studio, community, and clinical experience. We prepare world class art therapists who are culturally responsive, community-involved, ethical professionals with successful careers.


The Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program will be recognized for excellence, integrity, and innovation in art therapy education.

Core Values


We adhere to high standards in which we accept responsibility for conducting ourselves as moral rational professionals who are accountable stewards and ethical in our practices as art therapists and art therapy educators.


We foster a climate of energy and openness to explore using the creative process which brings new knowledge and new connections to self, others, and our world.


We value self-awareness and the capacity for reflection as intrinsic to effective art therapy practice and professional identity development. We strive to maintain these attributes within ourselves and to instill them in our students.


We dedicate ourselves to cultivating a learning environment that embraces diverse perspectives and lived experiences, developing capacity for empathic understanding, and providing compassionate service to individuals, the community, and our world.


We embrace collaboration as a fundamental practice to build a professional community based on support and encouragement of individual and collective expression of ideas for learning, best practice, and growth.


We value a richness and intensity in developing ourselves to be competent in breadth of understanding about the complexity of the human experience which includes the unconscious, passion for healing, and connections to soul. 

Goals and Objectives

  •  Provide an innovative rigorous art therapy education which includes requisite education as needed for counseling licensure. 
  •  Emphasize the understanding of various individual, group, and family theoretical approaches. 
  •  Encourage students to develop an innovative, professional, ethical, and culturally responsive approach to art therapy. 
  •  Promote clinical competence in assessment and treatment. 
  •  Challenge students to speak and write professionally about art therapy. 
  •  Develop competency in planning, conducting, and evaluating art therapy research. 
  •  Enhance student self-awareness through personal art making and self-reflection. 
  •  Foster skills in the therapeutic use of a broad range of art processes and materials.
 Accomplishment of our goals will serve the:
  • Student, by fostering personal and professional discovery and development with the skills to become life-long learners. 
  • Client/patient, through student preparation to provide competent client/patient-centered primary and specialty care. 
  • Institution, by contributing to a seamless learning environment which fosters the development of competent and compassionate mental healthcare professionals. 
  • Community, by graduating professionals who understand the importance of community service, forging community alliances, and having an understanding of culturally appropriate care.
  • World, by graduating culturally competent professionals who practice across the globe and contribute to research and social action.