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Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy

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Total Credit Hours: 9
Tuition: $398 per credit hour*


Undergraduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy

Art teacher showing students how to paint.Are you interested in learning how the expressive and creative arts can help improve the well-being and mental health of others? Explore how music, visual art, drama, dance and creative writing can promote healing and personal growth in patients of all ages and backgrounds through our fully online Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate. This flexible certificate program is a valuable credential for psychology majors, practicing therapists and anyone interested in learning how to use their artistic talents to help others. 

Through Husson Online’s 9-credit, 3-course, 100% online Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate program, you will gain a foundational understanding of how the creative arts are used in professional fields, such as psychology, healthcare and education. You’ll be introduced to the history and philosophy of expressive arts therapy and learn about the creative process that is used to foster emotional growth and community building. You’ll also learn from faculty who have a plethora of professional experience in this unique and emerging field of study, all with the ease and flexibility of online classes. 


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Start Date

September 3, 2024

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Expressive arts Therapy Courses

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FA 104: Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy

This course is an introduction to expressive arts therapy and includes a brief historical overview, an examination of professional standards of practice, educational requirements, general theory and application in therapeutic settings. You will explore the field of expressive arts therapy through a combination of scholarly discussions, readings, videos and direct engagement with the creative process in expressive arts therapy. 

FA 114: Principles and Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy

This course provides introductory exposure to the practical principles and practices of expressive arts therapy. You will be introduced to emerging models of expressive arts therapy and there will be a focus on expertise, understanding and application of the expressive arts therapy techniques among a variety of populations. 

FA 204: Expressive Arts Therapy Studio

This course introduces you to expressive arts therapies in a studio setting that is designed to foster self-reflection through the creative process and various forms of expression. You will ground your artistic exploration in the popular work of Khalil Gibran’s poem “On Joy and Sorrow” while witnessing and responding to their peers’ artistic reflections. 


Career Outlook for Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Holders

An Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate can make a wide variety of career opportunities available to you. Depending on your other academic and professional credentials, you could apply your knowledge and skills to jobs in schools, healthcare, mental health services, private practice counseling, research and more. 

Faculty Spotlight

David Prescott, Ph.D.

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David Prescott taught as an adjunct professor at Husson for seven years before joining the university full time in 2011. He attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he earned a B.A. with a double major in psychology and music. After an unsettled year living for brief periods on Martha’s Vineyard; Bristol, England; and Raymond, Maine, he spent the next decade in the great Midwest, completing an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Nebraska and a clinical psychology predoctoral internship at Indiana University Medical School. He worked for 17 years at Acadia Hospital, a psychiatric treatment facility in Bangor, as a psychologist, program director, and quality improvement director. David has always found teaching to be among his greatest interests and passions. His areas of professional work have included improving the integration of primary care and mental health, food insecurity in public health, and developing and maintaining clinical empathy. His clinical interests include bariatric surgery, group psychotherapy, and treatment of schizophrenia. Husson’s Healthcare Administration and Public Health major allows him to pull together these many areas of interest to help prepare the next generation of the healthcare workforce in an industry that provides endless academic and practical challenges.Living in Hampden, with his wife Diana (also a psychologist), David also spends some of his time working for Hampden Psychological Consultation. A father of 3 adult daughters, an avid runner, and not-quite-so-avid hiker, he spends what free time is left enjoying the many benefits of living in Maine.


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