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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.

Creative Arts Therapies Faculty

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News & Events

 

11/21/16

Alumna Victoria Scotti, PhD ’16 can now add “book author” to her resume.  Low-Fat Love Stories, a collection of first person narratives describing women’s dissatisfying relationships with a romantic partner or relative or their body image was co-authored by Scotti and Patricia Leavy.  The stories and visual portraits were based on interview research with women that started as a practicum at Drexel.  
 
To view a short description of the book, or to order a copy, click here
 

11/21/16

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, associate professor of Nursing, Doctoral Nursing, and Nutrition Science, and Paulina Sockow, DrPH, associate professor, Department of Health Systems and Science Research, participated in a panel discussion for the Farnese Symposium, “Aging in Place: What is the Future?”
 
Karen Diaz, Sarah Pelletier, Jennifer Romania, and Rachael Rock participated in the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Conference Challenge Bowl and earned 3rd place. 
 
Susan Aldridge, PhD, senior vice president of Drexel University and president of Drexel University Online, wrote an article called “Putting Technology to Work for Transfer Students,” which is featured on The EvoLLLution.  
 
Bronwen Gale (Art Therapy & Counseling, ’16) was recently selected as the recipient of the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association’s Master’s Thesis Research Award for her thesis, “Artistic Inquiry with Loved Ones of Those Exhibiting Hoarding Behaviors.” Gale was recognized for her research during the DVATA’s 2016 Conference on October 1 at the Franklin Institute.  A number of Art Therapy & Counseling faculty and alumni also presented at the conference, including Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor; Donna Kaiser, PhD, former director of Art Therapy & Counseling; Denise Wolf, adjunct professor; Yasmine Awais, assistant clinical professor, and alumni Jessica Drass ‘12, Michelle Dean ‘96, Bethany Stiltner ‘10, Caroline Peterson ‘00, and Laura York ‘10. 
 
Sherry Goodill, PhD,  HU '80, chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, delivered the Marion Chace Foundation keynote address, “Movement, Metaphor, and Money,” at the 51st Annual American Dance Therapy Association Conference.
 
Ellen Schelly Hill, Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling program director, received the President’s Award, which recognizes American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) Board of Directors members for their service and contributions to ADTA and the dance/movement therapy field. 
 
Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling faculty member Dawn Morningstar (Eastern Region Member-At-Large) and adjunct faculty Anne Margrethe Melsom (Chair, Committee on Approval) were installed on the American Dance Therapy Association Board of Directors. 
 

11/21/16

Meg Abbott (MA, Art Therapy and Counseling ‘15) is scheduled teach a two-part series on art therapy for children on the autism spectrum in Athens, Georgia. 
 
Susan Cooke, MSN, RN, NEA-BC (MSN ‘13) joined Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice as director of hospice for the Marlton, NJ-based not-for-profit organization. 
 
Nicole Davella, RN, BSN (BSN ‘15), a registered nurse at Penn Medicine, will be featured in the upcoming publication of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. 
 
Ileana M. Johnson, RN (BSN ‘14), a charge nurse at Correct Care Solutions in Philadelphia, will be featured in the upcoming publication of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. 
 
Julie R. Marinucci (MA, Dance/Movement Therapy ‘15) joined the Institute of Dance Artistry's new Plymouth Meeting studio as member of the dance faculty. 
 
Gina Ann Riese, APN (BSN ‘11), an advanced practice nurse at Rutgers University, will be featured in the upcoming publication of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. 
 
Christine Valiga's (BSN ’09, MSN ‘12) wedding at the Philadelphia Union League was featured in a photo spread in Delaware/Main Line Bride magazine. 
 
Yvonne D. Lamme (AS, Respiratory Therapy ‘77) joined Citrus Memorial Hospital as director of cardiopulmonary services in Inverness, Florida. 
 
Stacey W. Betts, Esq. (BS, Nutrition & Food ‘85) has opened Stacey W. Betts Law Office in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. She specializes in family law, special education law, and estate planning and administration.  
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