A career as an art therapist requires a master’s degree in art therapy with an educational focus in art and psychology. To become an art therapist, one needs to complete an accredited program by an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. To become a registered art therapist, the American Art Therapy Association, the leading organization for the art therapy practice, maintains a list of approved programs that meet their educational standards (AATA, 2010). After students graduate from an accredited program that meets the American Art Therapy Association’s standards, graduates are able to apply to become a registered art therapist through the Art Therapy Credential Board by completing supervised post-graduate clinical experience (ATCB, 2007).
Currently, there is only one master’s degree program in the state of Michigan that prepares competent and committed art therapists to become leaders in the art therapy field. Wayne State University is a leading urban university in Detroit, Michigan that has an array of academic programs and distinguished faculty members. Wayne State University offers a Master of Education in Art Education/Art Therapy Concentration and also a Master of Arts in Counseling with an Art Therapy Concentration under the direction of Dr. Holly Feen, Ph.D., a board certified, registered art therapist who has been practicing since 1979. Her art therapy work specializes in adult psychiatric, and chemical dependency patients. Dr. Feen lectures on art therapy and addictions nationwide, and is published in many scholarly journals. The Wayne State University College of Education Art Therapy Program is located at 163 Community Arts Building, Detroit, MI 48202, and can be reached at (313) 577-1823, or by checking their website http://www.coe.wayne.edu/ted/art-therapy.
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American Art Therapy Association. (2010). Educational Institutions: Approved Graduate Degree Programs. American Art Therapy Association. Retrieved from: http://www.americanarttherapyassociation.org/aata-educational-programs.html