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Creative Arts Therapies Department

Innovative Courses Taught By Field Leaders

Internationally recognized faculty train culturally aware and culturally sensitive therapists dedicated to serving a diverse client base.

Creative Arts Therapies Department

Innovative Courses Taught By Field Leaders

Internationally recognized faculty train culturally aware and culturally sensitive therapists dedicated to serving a diverse client base.

Creative Arts Therapies Department

Innovative Courses Taught By Field Leaders

Internationally recognized faculty train culturally aware and culturally sensitive therapists dedicated to serving a diverse client base.

Creative Arts Therapies Department

The Department of Creative Arts Therapies provides students with the most comprehensive and the highest-quality education in their respective creative arts therapy discipline.

Through an integrated blend of classroom, experiential and practical learning in the field, students learn side-by-side with future colleagues in the other creative arts therapy specialties.

Program courses are taught by faculty that are national leaders in their respective fields. Students take advantage of Philadelphia’s lively arts community, which nourishes the artist, dancer and musician within and enables you to continue practicing your art form while pursuing graduate study.

The Department and Diversity

As a community of learners, Drexel’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies is committed to cultivating a diverse and dynamic student population. We are interested in, and enriched by, diversity, including but not limited to: culture, race, ethnicity, gender identification and expression, socio-economic class, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, learning styles, and political perspectives. We value these identities, shaped by experience, which support empathetic understanding and enlivened critical thinking in and outside of the classroom and in field placements.

Here in this community, we are aware of our past and present shortcomings and deficiencies. We understand that our programs, like the society in which we live, have too long habitually failed to provide just and plentiful opportunities and resources to all people, a perpetual misstep that has resulted in recurrent exclusion for some and disproportionate inclusion for others. We strive for an expansion of diversity. We recognize, embrace and proclaim that it is only by welcoming all people that we may reach our full, and true, potential as an educational community.

Programs

The Department of Creative Arts Therapies offers three Master of Arts degrees: Art Therapy and Counseling, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, and Music Therapy and Counseling. The 90 quarter-credit curricula can be completed in two years on a full-time basis. We encourage full-time enrollment, yet part-time study can be arranged.

We also offer a PhD in Creative Arts Therapies, an innovative and unique research degree for art therapists, dance/movement therapists, and music therapists who are interested in focusing their careers on scholarly pursuits and academic leadership in their specific discipline.

Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling
Engage in art therapy at a prestigious health center aligned to a school of fine arts.

Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy Counseling
Integrate dance and movement into a whole-body approach to mental health.

Master of Arts in Music Therapy and Counseling
Study in the only music therapy program housed within an academic health center.

PhD in Creative Arts Therapies
Earn your PhD in a culture of creativity, innovation, initiative, and support.

Post-Master's Certificate in Art Therapy

Post-Master's Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy

Post-Master's Certificate in Music Therapy

Creative Arts Therapies Faculty

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News & Events

 

12/16/14

Joke Bradt, an associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, visited the University of Melbourne's National Music Therapy Research Unit to serve as an external research consultant to their PhD students and faculty. In addition to research consulting, she gave a public lecture at the University about her NIH-funded research on vocal music therapy for chronic pain management and a lecture on mixed methods research.

Dr. BradtPhoto (from left to right): Katrina McFerran, associate professor at the University of Melbourne; Jeanette Tamplin, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne; Joke Bradt, associate professor at Drexel University; Imogen Clark, a music therapy tutor and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne; Dr. Felicity Baker, associate professor at the University of Melbourne; and Grace Thompson, a graduate of the University of Melbourne’s PhD Program in Music Therapy.

12/16/14

Girija Kaimal, PhD, an assistant professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, was in Malawi, Africa in September 2014 as a research and evaluation consultant to Save the Children in their study of the outcomes of a project called Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART). The research project involved baseline assessments of over 800 children from approximately 60 preschools. These 60 schools included three groups: 20 preschools that received HEART programs, 20 preschools that received math and literacy inputs, and 20 control preschools that received neither.

Dr. KaimalData included both qualitative as well as standardized measures of school readiness and psychosocial development. All measures were translated into the local language of Chichewa and the data collection was conducted by trained local staff. The end line data collection is expected to be conducted in May 2015. This is one of the first studies to examine the impact of arts-based learning support on early childhood outcomes and is also unique in the inclusion of arts-based data for analysis. 

11/05/14

On September 25, Paul Nolan, MCAT- Music, HU ’82, who recently retired as the Director of the College’s Music Therapy Program but who has stayed on in an important adjunct faculty role, was featured on NPR in a segment about music therapy for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s and depression. Click here for the Newsworks edition.

Nursing students and faculty from the College of Nursing and Health Professions can be seen in this 6 ABC News clip from October 1 performing flu vaccines on seniors at a health fair at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

Be Well Philly featured Patty Gerrity, PhD, in an article on October 6. The Philadelphia Magazine health division runs an annual Health Hero Challenge competition for which Dr. Gerrity has been named a semi-finalist. Voting took place October 28-November 3 on the Be Well Philly Facebook page.

In an October 6 article on CBS Philly’s website, online nursing student Elizabeth Giordano was interviewed about her education and nursing career.

Nurse.com published an article on October 10 about the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ use of virtual patient software. BSN student Meredith Shatoff and Leland “Rocky” Rockstraw, PhD ’06, were both quoted in the article.

On October 17, U.S. News and World Report published an article, “Study Abroad as an Online Student,” in which Drexel Nursing alumnus Kevin Hannon ’13, was featured. Hannon took an online community health course taught by faculty at the College of Nursing and Health Professions that culminated in a trip to Paraguay.

Dr. Gioia Chilton ‘14, the first graduate of the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ PhD in Creative Arts Therapies Program, was interviewed for the Positive Art Therapy blog.

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