The Counseling and Art Therapy program provides a comprehensive practicum and internship program designed to help students gain practical experience in a variety of settings with different populations. In their last placement, students are free to explore their own options for placement sites in preparation for employment. Students complete 840 hours overall.
Students are provided with a listing of possible placements and encouraged to make site visits to different settings where they will meet art therapists and counselors and learn about their role in each particular work setting. There are over 200 possible options within the greater Cleveland area and other areas within the state. Settings include, but are not limited to, community mental health centers, residential treatment centers, hospitals, and schools. New sites are being added all the time. Prospective site supervisors may contact the Clinical Director for information about becoming a placement site.
Clinical hours are completed in four segments over one and a half to two years. Students first complete a 40 hour pre-practicum experience in Clinical 1, and a 100 Practicum in Clinical 2. They complete two 350 hour internships that may be spread over two or more semesters for a total of 700 hours.
Site supervisors must be registered art therapists, licensed professional clinical counselors, or other indepentently licensed mental health professionals. Different segments of clinicals and internships require different supervison. Weekly classroom supervision is provided by both registered art therapists (ATR) and professional clinical counselors (PCC-s). Individual and small group seminars accompany individual and/or triadic supervision on site. Supervisors work closely with students and each other to help students develop their personal skills.
To learn more about the clinical program, contact the Clinical Director:
Diane M. Meros, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS