Art Therapy

Merging art + science

Positioned within Indiana's premier urban research institution, Herron's two-year, full-time program unites the concepts of science, art, and the creative process for application in the therapeutic context.

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Serving communities

Mental health professionals and art therapists are in high demand in Indianapolis. At Herron, you have more than 50 community partners to choose from for successful internships and post-graduate placements.

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Year 1, Fall Semester

  • Counseling Theory and Practice for Art Therapists
  • History, Theory, and Practice of Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy Practicum and Supervision
  • Lifespan Development from an Art Therapy Perspective
  • Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis

Year 1, Spring Semester

  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Art Therapy with Families and Adults
  • Art Therapy Internship I

Year 1, Summer Semester

  • Assessment and Evaluation in Art Therapy
  • Career Counseling for Art Therapists
  • Topic Seminar in Counseling and Guidance

Year 2, Fall Semester

  • Group Work for Art Therapists
  • Cultural and Social Diversity in Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy Internship II
  • Professional Issues Capstone I

Year 2, Spring Semester

  • Advanced Art Therapy Practice: Specialized Populations
  • Professional Issues Capstone II
  • Studio Art for Art Therapists
  • Art Therapy Advanced Internship


Herron's art therapy program requires prerequisite courses in studio art (18 credits) and psychology (12 credits), including developmental psychology (3 credits) and abnormal psychology (3 credits).

Students interested in the art therapy program are not required to complete these credits prior to applying, but if admitted to the program they must be completed before the start of the first semester.

Master's theses research

In your second and final year, you will actively contribute to the growing availability of comprehensive clinical practice and a body of research.

Examples of recent research topics include:

  • Group Art Therapy with Adult Female Victims of Sexual Violence
  • Reclaiming Sexuality through Art: Art Therapy Applications and Recommendations in Adolescent Psychiatric Facilities with Patients who have a History of Trauma
  • Working Together: Neuroscience-Based Support for Art Therapists and Clients to Co-Create
  • The Role of Art Therapy in Hospice: An Understanding of the Grief Process for Caregivers

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Tessa Faraone

Adjunct Instructor

Michelle Itczak

Michelle Itczak

Adjunct Instructor

Chelsea Leeds

Chelsea Leeds

Adjunct Instructor

Heather Leigh

Heather Leigh

Cindy Simon Skjodt Chair in Art Therapy, Associate Professor

Eileen  Misluk

Eileen Misluk

Director of Art Therapy, Assistant Professor

Melissa Parrott Quimby

Melissa Parrott Quimby

Adjunct Instructor

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