Approved by the American Art Therapy Association, the Transpersonal Art Therapy concentration, offered as part of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree, is a 62-credit-hour, three-year program that provides theoretical grounding in transpersonal psychology, contemplative studies, and art therapy along with rigorous clinical training.
As a graduate student in Naropa University’s Transpersonal Art Therapy program—a concentration offered as part of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree—you will have the opportunity to explore the role of art and creativity in your own life—and how to skillfully use art in the therapeutic relationship.
Naropa University’s Art Therapy program is unique in that you will combine transpersonal psychology with contemplative studies, clinical field work, and civic engagement. The goal is to become a skilled, self-aware, and socially engaged counselor, artist, and art therapist.
Graduates from Naropa’s Transpersonal Art Therapy program have gone on to become art therapists, counselors in private practice, addiction counselors, school counselors, grief counselors, and more.
Complete a practicum during the first year in Naropa’s Community Art Studio where you will learn how to design, create, and finance a studio space to serve diverse groups of people desiring the opportunity to create art in community.
Work as an art therapy intern during your third year of graduate study. One of many possible sites is the Naropa Community Counseling Center. Offering contemplative and mindfulness healing services, the center makes provides leading-edge psychotherapy to low- and middle-income community members on a sliding fee basis.
“The Naropa Art Therapy program has prepared me by teaching me to be open to questions, to be curious, and to trust the process, myself, and my training. I also find that my art therapy education gives me a wider avenue with which I can approach students and assist them in exploring, expressing, and healing themselves.”
— Julie Mearkle, MA, Art Therapy, 2007, LPC, ATR
School-based Therapist; Community Reach Center, Thornton, Colorado
"The living image that results from the art process is the true teacher of this path, guiding us to unify body-mind-spirit fragmentation, to joyfully work with compassion for self and other, and to stoke the desire to serve communities and larger social systems."
— Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC
Chair, Graduate Transpersonal Art Therapy