Art Therapy

7:1Student to faculty ratio

7Studio areas including ceramics, sculpture, and more

50+Internship community partners

Year 1, Fall Semester

  • Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Lifespan Development from an Art Therapy Perspective
  • Introduction to Group Counseling
  • Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis
  • Practicum with Group Supervision

Year 1, Spring Semester

  • Assessment and Evaluation in Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy with Families and Adults
  • Counseling Theory and Practice for Art Therapists
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling and Art Therapy
  • Internship I with Group Supervision

Year 1, Summer Semester

  • Career Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Strategies for Educational Inquiry

Year 2, Fall Semester

  • History, Theory and Practice of Art Therapy
  • Cultural and Social Diversity in Counseling and Art
  • Studio Art for Art Therapists
  • Professional Issues Capstone
  • Internship II with Group Supervision

Year 2, Spring Semester

  • Advanced Art Therapy Practice: Specialized Populations
  • Professional Issues Capstone II
  • Advanced Internship with Group Supervision

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

Our art therapy internship program provides services to more than 50 community partners and their clients, affording you the unique opportunity to integrate art and science into clinical practice with different populations.

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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

Megan Van Meter

Megan Van Meter

Visiting Assistant Professor

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