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Program Details

Lesley University offers an Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in Expressive Therapies Studies program. Broadly defined, expressive therapy covers a range of arts disciplines (including, but not limited to, art, dance, music, poetry, and drama) and emphasizes the creation of art as a tool for emotional clarity and healing. Expressive therapy recognizes that each individual has different processing styles and that art, in its many forms, helps with this processing.

Lesley’s Expressive Therapies Studies (ETS) program strives to give students a deeper understanding of the arts as a tool in mental, emotional, and cognitive well-being. Acquired skills can be used in a variety of fields, such as social work, school psychology, counseling, mental health, and health care. The program does not focus on one particular niche of expressive therapy, but rather works to incorporate the many facets that make up the discipline.

Students wishing to earn their certificate are required to complete 15 credits of coursework. Courses are elective based so as to provide students with the skills and knowledge in areas most applicable to their needs. Elective courses include Art-Based Research, Theories of Expressive Therapy, and Therapy and Practice of Group Work. The program’s faculty is comprised of the field’s experts who specialize in areas including art therapy, psychology of art, integrated arts in therapy, and group practice in expressive therapy.

While this certificate degree is great for professional development, the program does not lead to any special accreditation or licensure in the Expressive Arts field.

Accreditation & Licensing

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

The Division of Counseling and Psychology is accredited by the Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology (C.A.M.P.P.) and offers Massachusetts certification in school guidance counseling. The Division of Expressive Therapies is accredited by the American Art Therapy Association (A.A.T.A.), the American Music Therapy Association (A.M.T.A.), and the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA).