This Master’s degree is available to clinical professionals who already have at least a Master’s degree in social work, counseling or other clinical degree. The M.A. in Art Therapy/Counseling is the program for those who have not yet earned a Master’s degree in this field.
If you are a mental health professional with a Master’s degree in social work, counseling or another clinical degree, and you are interested in the field of art therapy this program may be for you. The M.A. in Art Therapy for Clinical Professionals is one year of course work and one half-year of internship. Graduating from this program would enable you to be eligible to eventually acquire the credentials of Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and to also become Board Certified (BC). Please contact Dru Phoenix, Director of Enrollment Services if you would like to apply to this program.
The credentialing body for Art Therapy in the United States, the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc., states in their application process that “individuals with post-master’s or post-doctoral coursework in art therapy” will indeed be able to obtain the ATR-BC and be fully credentialed as an art therapist.
The Master’s program in Art Therapy for Clinical Professionals offers clinicians the opportunity to engage in self-reflective creativity throughout the entire program. Through experiencing your own artistic processes and engaging in clinical training, you will be equipped to enthusiastically enhance your existing therapeutic client work.
This program emphasizes the use of the visual arts as a therapeutic approach in clinical, educational, community and rehabilitation settings. While visual arts is the primary therapeutic modality, the creative process may be supported by classroom instruction and experiences in the use of drama, movement and music therapy.
Transformational, experiential learning approach shared by faculty and students
Full-time 1.5-year program or longer if attending part-time
Laura L. Lansrud- López, M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS
Laura Lansrud-López has a rich and diverse work history, spanning forensic sciences, crisis intervention, behavioral health, clinical supervision, and higher education. Laura holds a Master of Science degree in Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University, and a Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy/Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is licensed in New Mexico (LPCC & LPAT), Virginia (LPC), and Maryland (LCPAT). She is nationally credentialed in art therapy (ATR-BC) and counseling (NCC) and holds certification for Supervision in both fields (ATCS, ACS).
Laura has extensive professional and volunteer experience working with adults and children impacted by grief, loss, and trauma in both home-based and outpatient settings. As a therapist, Laura is passionate about integrating traditional evidence-based practices with creative arts and transpersonal approaches and has advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Sandplay therapy, art therapy, and children’s mental health.
As an educator, Laura embraces a transformative learning approach that honors our lived experience and inner wisdom while cultivating practical skills, knowledge, critical thinking, creativity, and above all curiosity. She has over 10 years’ experience teaching graduate level courses in art therapy and counseling, both online and in person, offers continuing education and workshops for licensed professionals, and provides clinical supervision in both art therapy and counseling across the country.
Laura has held positions of Secretary and President of the New Mexico Art Therapy Association and was a member of the Nominations Board for the Art Therapy Credentials Board. Most recently, Laura served as Chair of the Counseling Program at Southwestern College and Clinical Director of Tierra Nueva Counseling Center from 2015 to 2017.
In addition to directing the M.A. in Art Therapy for Clinical Professionals, Laura is also an art therapist in Bethesda, Maryland, volunteers at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, teaches in the Art Therapy Department at The George Washington University, and enjoys making art with her young children.
Please contact Dru Phoenix, Director of Enrollment Services if you would like to apply to this program.