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MPS Art Therapy at SVA equips students with a strong clinical foundation, intensive training in studio art, and in-depth study of art therapy principles and practices, contemporary theories of psychological development and the nature of creativity. Fundamental to the program is the concept that the art therapist and client work together and thus can affect each other’s growth.

The curriculum of the two-year, 60-credit program is interdisciplinary in approach, drawing on art, its clinical and educational applications, and the social sciences. The first year of study covers the general theory and practice of art therapy and is designed to help students understand the relationships between cognition, emotion and behavior, as well as how these areas relate to art diagnosis and treatment. In the second year, students choose between two areas of specialization, addictionology and trauma, and complete a thesis project.

The SVA MPS in Art Therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc., and the New York State Board of Regents, and as such meets the education standards of the art therapy profession.

2016 – 2017 student population

38 matriculated students

Department chair

Deborah Farber, art therapist

Faculty members

Claudia Bader, Samantha Commarato, Irene Rosner David, Elizabeth DelliCarpini, Monica Duque, Deborah Farber, Stephanie Gorski, Robert Abel Grant, Tami Herzog, Paula Howie, Judith Jordan, Markus J. Kraebber, S.J. Langer, Eileen P. McGann, Renee Obstfeld, Valerie Sereno, Brian Tepper

Alumni are employed by

Bellevue Hospital, New York University Hospital, Coalitions for Hispanic Families, Boys Hope Girls Hope NY, Rikers Island Correctional Facility, Victim’s Assistance Services of Westchester, Jewish Child Care Association of New York, Interfaith Medical Center of New York, Puerto Rican Family Institute, Adult Partial Hospitalization Unit, Bethel Nursing Home, The Emily Program Eating Disorders Unit (Minneapolis), City of New York Department of Correction, HeartShare Human Services, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, United Community & Family Services (Norwich, Connecticut)

More information 

SVA Admissions: 212.592.2107 | [email protected]

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