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Transpersonal Art Therapy Concentration

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

As a transdisciplinary profession, art therapy involves intensive studies in the visual arts, the behavioral sciences, and the development of adept counseling skills. Naropa’s innovative, experiential approach to training art therapists and counselors integrates transpersonal psychology with mindfulness meditation practice, the acquisition of refined clinical skills, and applied community-based studio methods. Our goal is for our students to become culturally competent, clinically astute, socially engaged counselors, artists, and art therapists.

This 62-credit Transpersonal Art Therapy concentration, approved by the American Art Therapy Association, consists of specific art therapy course work combined with counseling and contemplative studies training.  Throughout the program, students also participate in 190 direct art contact hours of studio-based work.

Degree Requirements

First year, fall

  • CNSA600 Transpersonal Art Therapy Orientation Seminar (noncredit)
  • CNSA604 Foundations of Art Therapy: Studio and Practicum (3)
  • CNST621 Psychology of Meditation I: Mindfulness Training (3)
  • CNSA631 Counseling & Helping Relationships I: Transpersonal Art Therapy (3)
  • CNSA634 History and Theory of Art Therapy (3)

First year, spring

  • CNSA661 Counseling & Helping Relationships II: Transpersonal Art Therapy (3)
  • CNSA665 Civic Engagement Studio Practicum (noncredit)
  • CNST670 Transpersonal Psychology (3) or
  • CNST673 Jungian Psychology: Transpersonal Foundations and Central Concepts (3)
  • CNST720 Meditation Practicum I: Cultivating Awareness (1)
  • CNSA751 Group Counseling: Transpersonal Art Therapy (3)

Second year, fall

  • CNST610 Social & Multicultural Foundations (3)
  • CNST620 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • CNSA734 Counseling for Child & Adolescent Populations (for Transpersonal Art Therapy students) (3)
  • CNST740 Diagnostic Psychopathology (2)

Second year, spring

  • CNSA624 Art Therapy Studio: Process and Materials (2)
  • CNST700 Assessment (3)
  • CNSA754 Counseling for Adult Populations (for Transpersonal Art Therapy Students) (3)
  • CNST790 Counseling Practicum (3)

Third year, fall

  • CNST710 Research and Program Evaluation (3)
  • CNSA871 Internship I: Transpersonal Art Therapy (2)
  • CNSA801 Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice I: Transpersonal Art Therapy (3.5)
  • CNSA824 Internship Studio Methods I (.5)

Third year, spring

  • CNST711 Career Development (3)
  • CNSA802 Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice II: Transpersonal Art Therapy (3.5)
  • CNSA844 Internship Studio Methods II (.5)
  • CNSA891 Internship II: Transpersonal Art Therapy (2)

Total Credits 62