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MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Transpersonal Contemplative Art–Based Counseling Concentration

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 Contemplative Art–Based Counseling 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.

Transpersonal Contemplative Art–Based Counseling Degree Requirements*

*Pending final approval by the Higher Learning Commission. Course offerings and sequencing are subject to change.

Semester 1 (Fall, Year 1)

  • CMHC 600, Foundations and Orientation of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • CNSA 600, Orientation Seminar (0)
  • CNSA 604, Foundations of Transpersonal Contemplative Art–Based Counseling in Counseling (3)
  • CNST 622, Foundations of Mindfulness (2)
  • CNSA 634, History and Theory of Art Therapy (3)

Subtotal 11

Semester 2 (Spring, Year 1)

  • CMHC 603, Counseling and Helping Relationships I (3)
  • CMHC 601, Social/Multicultural Foundations (3)
  • CNSA 664, Civic Engagement Studio Practicum (0.5)
  • CMHC 606, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling (3)

Choose One of Following:

  • CNST 670, Transpersonal Counseling (3)
  • CNST 673, Jungian Approaches in Counseling (3)

Subtotal 12.5

Summer, Year 1


Subtotal 0

Semester 3 (Fall, Year 2)

  • CMHC 604, Counseling and Helping Relationships II (3)
  • CMHC 602, Human Growth and Development (3)
  • CMHC 605, Group Counseling (3)
  • CNSA 755, Creative Arts Counseling with Adult Populations (2)

Subtotal 11

Semester 4 (Spring, Year 2)

  • CMHC 607, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3)
  • CMHC 620, Counseling Practicum (3)
  • CNSA 624, Studio I: Inquiry, Process, and Materials (2)
  • CNSA 734, Creative Arts Counseling with Children and Adolescents (3)

Subtotal 11

Semester 5 (Summer, Year 2)

  • CMHC 621, Initial Internship (2)
  • CMHC 609, Research & Program Evaluation (3)
  • CMHC 608, Assessment (3)

Subtotal 8

Semester 6 (Fall, Year 3)

  • CMHC 615, Capstone I (1)
  • CMHC 622, Internship I (3)
  • CMHC 610, Career Development (3)

Subtotal 7

  • CMHC 623, Winter Intercession Internship (0)

Semester 7 (Spring, Year 3)

  • CMHC 624, Internship II (3)
  • CMHC 616, Capstone II (1)
  • CNSA 834, Studio II: Inquiry, Process, and Materials (1)
  • CNST 721, Cultivating Mindful Presence (2)

Subtotal 7

Total Credits: 67.5​

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