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Counseling and Art Therapy

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Dear Prospective Student,

Have you been searching for a career that combines your desire to help others with your passion for the healing value of creativity and art making? The Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy Program at Ursuline enables students to combine those interests in a unique professional program, and prepares graduates to be eligible for both licensure as professional clinical mental health counselors and credentialing as art therapists. 

The program’s philosophy incorporates a broad range of theoretical approaches, and the development of each student's professional identity and theoretical approach is stressed. The Ursuline program is unique, and so are you. Our goal is to help students to develop into the kind of counselor and art therapist that best meets their vision and goals. In order to achieve this, students are offered wide range of internship sites and a variety of approaches to thesis work, The program also offers service learning trips that allow for immersion experiences in various countries, and a mentoring program to support students as they adjust to their role as graduate students and emerging professionals.

In addition to providing a strong foundation in theory and technique, the other essential tool of transformation for the therapeutic process that is emphasized is the personal presence of the therapist. Students are encouraged to be reflective practitioners and to seek their own personal counseling outside of the department as they begin their clinical experiences, which enables graduates to emerge as more mature, well integrated effective professionals.

Most students move through the program based on a standard 8 semester model.  However, individual pacing is encouraged for each student and supported during advising sessions which take place each semester. Some students move quickly through the program, while others who have multiple responsibilities such as family and work, may take the time they need without overloading themselves.

Formed in 1986 under the direction of Sr. Kathleen Burke, OSU, Ph.D., along with three other core faculty members who remain, the Ursuline program has continued to evolve and grow. Students study in active, collaborative classrooms in a new state of the art facility equipped with classrooms, studio, and observation/taping areas. Core faculty members, who are experienced counselors and art therapists with expertise in a variety of specializations, along with several adjuncts, supervisors, thesis readers and other outside experts contribute to the learning and professional development of our students.

We hope you consider Ursuline as you pursue your career goals! 

Gail Rule-Hoffman, M.Ed., LPC-S, ATR-BC, LICDC-S
Professor and Program Director
Counseling and Art Therapy Department

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Click here to view the Counseling and Art Therapy Brochure

Click here to view the Graduate Catalog

Click here view the CAT Handbook

Mission and Goals

The Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy Program provides education and training in clinical mental health counseling and art therapy. Students learn to aid clients in exploring personal potentials and problems through both visual and verbal expression.

Graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of clinical, education, and human service institutions, including hospitals, children’s agencies, mental health and counseling centers, correctional and geriatric facilities, hospice care and wellness centers to name a few.

At Ursuline, the individual professional development of each student is nurtured. A wide range of placements are available for internships, and students are encouraged to develop areas of expertise in line with their strengths and interests.