School of Adult and Graduate Education
Jill K. Odegaard
Associate Professor and Chair
610-437-4471 ext. 3347
Michelle L. Dean
Art Therapy Director, Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
610-437-4471 ext. 3505
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that engages the client in the creation of artwork, using the process of artmaking as a key component to healing—emotionally, mentally and physically.
By selecting the art therapy major at Cedar Crest College, you will be introduced to issues in psychology while developing your talents in multiple art studio areas.
This degree will fully prepare you to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy, which is essential for students wishing to become board-certified and work in private practice. Your B.A. will also prepare you to work in an array of fields.
Art therapists are highly trained mental health professionals who are skilled in applying the act of artmaking (using drawing, painting, sculpture and other media) to assess and improve the mental, emotional and physical well-being of their clients.
In an art therapy session, the art therapist helps a client express himself or herself through art mediums. During the session, the focus is not on creating a beautiful piece of artwork but on gaining insight and healing through the creation of the artwork. The art therapist is trained to assist clients in the interpretation of their artwork to help them work through difficult feelings and situations.
Art therapists work in a wide variety of settings, including:
Art therapists work with people of all ages, including those who: