New Program Name & Redesigned Curriculum

As we transition into a new season and get ready for a new academic year, we are excited to announce some changes coming to our MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Transpersonal Contemplative Art–Based Counseling concentration for Fall 2024.

Before we delve into the upcoming changes, we would like to emphasize what will be continuing throughout our curriculum.

What Will Stay the Same

  • Our foundation of mindfulness meditation training, studio art, community-based service, and integration of transpersonal theory with clinical approaches to counseling. Our clinically focused master’s degree prepares students to become clinical mental health counselors and art therapists. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.
  • Our transpersonal foundation recognizes and integrates the insights, attitudes and practices of world wisdom traditions with modern clinical approaches. Our program provides training grounded in rigorous academic work, blending critical thinking and contemplation, and skillful application of effective art-based clinical skills, integrating this training with the practice of moment-to-moment awareness of self, and the impact of self on others and the larger world.

What Will Change

Beginning Fall 2024, we will be rolling out two changes:

  1. A new name for the concentration: As of next fall, our students will be working toward a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a concentration in Transpersonal Contemplative Art–based Counseling. This name change reflects our continued commitment to Naropa’s contemplative foundations, an ongoing engagement with the transformative power of art and image, and alignment with a core counseling focus, grounding our students with relevant, contemporary skills to creatively support the multiplicity of mental health needs in today’s world.
  2. A redesigned curriculum that provides a more effective sequencing of clinical courses toward student success and added flexibility with some classes offered online. This new curriculum aligns us more fully with CACREP guidelines and ensures that our students receive the highest quality of education in the counseling field.

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Feel free to reach out with questions about the program and the application process. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.