Your experience in the Art Therapy / Counseling program at Southwestern College will be a vibrant exploration of the art-filled therapeutic process. Our integrative approach not only honors the spiritual connection between soul and art, but positions our students for professional success after graduation.
Southwestern College is a consciousness-centered graduate school in Santa Fe, New Mexico offering distance/online and on the ground Master’s Degrees in Art Therapy/Counseling and Counseling leading to licensure. Our innovative curriculum integrates personal growth, creativity, consciousness, and holistic professional training in intimate experiential classrooms.
We also offer specialty certificates that can be taken alongside our MA in Counseling program. These are Addictions, Abuse and Recovery; Applied Interpersonal Neurobiology; Childrens Mental Health; Ecotherapy; Human Sexuality; and Trauma, Grief & Renewal.
The Master’s program in Art Therapy/Counseling offers emphasis on your personal transformation and development as a compassionate, mindful, reflective, and deeply self-aware art therapist/counselor. You become your own first client by experiencing the process of personal transformation yourself. This in turn, creates a stronger foundation to support transformation in others with your future art therapy work.
Employers tell us our graduates bring a maturity and a commitment to their work that is unique to a new therapist. Our MA in Art Therapy/Counseling graduates work throughout the United States and beyond. They are working in hospitals, schools, recovery centers, community art making non profits, local agencies serving family and children, nursing homes, hospice, Native American reservations, health clinics, military or veteran agencies and private practice.
Santa Fe, The City Different, has been awarded the National Geographic World Legacy Award and is first in its category for Sense of Place. Their criteria for Sense of Place: “excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity, including using vernacular architecture and design, support for the protection of historic monuments, archeological sites, indigenous heritage, and artistic traditions.” If you plan to study on the ground at Southwestern College, you can immerse yourself in the rich cultural history and vibrant art scenes that embody Santa Fe and discover your own sense of place in the country's most historical state capital. Amazing outdoor recreation and continuous citywide events will ensure you always have something to do in your downtime. Santa Fe is a premier location for the arts in the United States and there is a unique opportunity to join your community in the celebration of creativity and the arts.