Why pursue a Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy?
For art therapists who are passionate about their careers and want to advance into new areas of expertise, Mount Mary University offers the first practice-focused terminal degree in the United States.
The professional doctorate of art therapy program prepares credentialed art therapists to deepen and translate passions, artistry and knowledge into valuable competencies above those of master’s level professionals. At Mount Mary, you will benefit from a low-residency program with a rigorous and integrated curriculum that develops artistic identity along with applied social advocacy, participatory and critical research.
About the Doctorate Program
Through Mount Mary’s professional doctorate program you will become a creative leader who can:
- Excel in a complex world as a master art therapist in today’s rapidly changing teaching, research and healthcare systems.
- Advance practice-based research and artistic inquiry that arises from a community of concern and contributes to new knowledge and practices.
- Commit to transformative action that will shape the next generation of art therapy ideas, theories and practice.
- Integrate social conscience and personal development values into a solid professional identity as an artist-therapist, artist-scholar and practitioner-researcher.
- Become a change agentwith innovative skills to impact the societal, organizational and nontraditional environments where art therapists work.
- Acquire critical and ethical competencies to deal with society’s increasingly complex roles and challenges.
Pioneering art therapist says program has helped focus and inspire her work
Mount Mary student, Jessica Stallings was featured in the 2018 Fall issue of the magazine. Stallings has worked as an art therapist since 2005 and for the past 10 years has been an associate professor at Emporia State University in Kansas, the only public institution in the Plains area that has an art therapy program. There, she helped develop a certificate program for autism spectrum disorders.
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