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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.


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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Keya Middleton (Creative Arts Therapy, MS, ’15) has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Fulbright US Student Program for study and research or teaching English abroad in 2015-16.  Middleton attained her B.A. in Criminology and a minor in Dance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She later joined the research team at Temple University’s Center of Obesity Research and Education (CORE), working on the Get Health Philly initiative and the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Central PA’s Academic and Community-Based Participatory Research partnership. Keya is now a 2nd year Masters student attaining her degree in Dance/ Movement Therapy and Counseling. Her faculty mentor is Ellen Schelly Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, LPC. Keya hopes to teach English in Taiwan, while contributing diverse innovation to classrooms through creativity.

Florina Apolinar Claudio (Couple and Family Therapy, Doctoral Candidate) has been selected to receive a Family Process grant in support of her Dissertation about “Perceived Impact of Person-of-the-Therapist Training (POTT) Model on Drexel University Master of Family Therapy Postgraduates' Clinical Work: A Grounded Theory Study.”


When most people think about the Grammys they envision music's elite gathering to celebrate a year of achievements. For Joke Bradt, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies and certified music therapist, that vision includes music therapies and brain imaging.

Belgian-born Bradt recently received grant funding from the Grammy Foundation to support her research project set to begin this September. Bradt's study will focus on the impact music therapy has on the brain when treating soldiers diagnosed with PTSD. It will also fill a gap that currently exists in the research.

"We don't have any brain imaging studies yet that have looked at the impact of music on the brains of people with PTSD or soldiers with PTSD, so this will be the first study doing this," say Bradt. She hopes to determine whether or not music therapy impacts emotional regulation for those with the diagnosis, an advancement that could positively affect how therapists approach and provide care.

Based on the existing neuroscience literature, Bradt predicts that her music therapy sessions will have positive effects on the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain which help control emotion, behavior and adrenaline flow. "If results are positive, this could have implications for helping soldiers with PTSD with emotional regulation via a very accessible medium," says Bradt.

At the end of the day, the Fulbright Scholar hopes her study achieves three goals: helping soldiers with PTSD, legitimizing the field of music therapy, and increasing access to music therapy services. "Listening to music will not cure PTSD, of course, but we hope we can teach soldiers specific techniques to use music effectively for emotional regulations."


Joke Bradt, PhD, an associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies department at the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was recently chosen as a participant for the first cohort class of the Mixed Methods Research Training program at Johns Hopkins University. As 1 of 14 national participants, Bradt will receive extensive training in the art of Mixed Methods research.

Joke BradtFor consideration, Bradt was required to prepare a two page concept paper on a potential study she wanted to submit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She also had to complete a one page personal statement about why she wanted to be a part of Johns Hopkins Mixed Methods program.

Mixed Methods research involves the seamless integration of quantitative and qualitative research methods into a research study. “When you are just using quantitative data, for example, you are looking at the efficacy of an intervention and how it works,” said Bradt, “but you may not understand why and how it works or how the participants perceive it.” Integrating qualitative and quantitative data together makes research projects stronger and more cohesive.

The program has two goals. The first is to help scholars develop into advanced mix methods researchers so they can tackle more complex issues involved in their future research. They will learn the basics of mixed methods, and also learn how it is best used in projects. The second goal is to prepare all scholars to submit research applications to the NIH. This is achieved by each scholar completing a year-long training period, involving a series of webinars and other educational resources. Furthermore, an added benefit of the program is paring each of the 14 scholars with their own mentors. These mentors are experts in mixed methods training, and act to provide guidance for the entire year, helping scholars submit successful research applications to the NIH.

The mixed methods program also aims to develop all 14 scholars into mixed method “consultants” for their respective higher education institutions. “I want to be a resource to Drexel,” elaborated Bradt. “I want to assist other Drexel researchers with mixed methods research via brainstorming, or even take on a more formal consultant role for mixed methods research.”

Bradt is also looking forward to meeting her fellow scholars. “I am excited to come together with different scholars from different disciplines because it’s interesting to see how they each attack a certain research problem.” Bradt will have the opportunity to meet her fellow scholars on June 15, 2015 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Bradt is also serving as conference co-chair of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) Regional Conference hosted at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in collaboration with MMIRA. “Improbable Dialogues:  Interprofessional Mixed Methods Research Collaborations,” being held on Friday, June 19, Drexel University Center City Campus. The purpose of this one-day seminar is to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to focus on improbable interprofessional topical and methodological dialogues hoping to create new possibilities for research that could enrich and expand the scope, reach, accessibility, and perspectives on critical issues in a complex global culture. Nancy Gerber, PhD, ATR-BC, director of the PhD program in Creative Arts Therapies, is conference chair.

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