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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

 

01/29/15

If you are a healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 60 years and a member of the Drexel community (students/ faculty or staff) we would be delighted to have you join our research.   The research, which is sponsored by Drexel University Office of Faculty Development and Equity, requires about one hour of your time in our onsite creative arts therapy studio, and involves working with art materials and verbally sharing your experiences with us. You will also be asked to share a very small saliva sample before and after the research. The research poses minimal stress and no prior artistic experience is required.
  

If interested please email Dr. Girija Kaimal at gk27@drexel.edu or Ms. Kendra Ray at kendra.ray@drexel.edu

01/29/15

Joke Bradt, PhD received the 2014 Research and Publication Award from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). She was fortunate to have her mentor, John Creswell, PhD, present at the award ceremony.  Bradt co-presented a workshop ‘Research Proposal Development’ at the AMTA conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  She also presented a lecture on her recently completed NIH study ‘The impact of vocal music therapy on core outcomes in chronic pain management.’ Finally, she co-presented with PhD student, Noah Potvin, ‘Digging underneath the surface: Music therapy and symptom management in cancer care.’ This lecture was based on qualitative findings from a mixed methods research study Bradt conducted at Hahnemann hospital.

Bradt-AMTA-Research-AwardBradt’s Cochrane systematic review on Music interventions for psychological and physical outcomes in cancer patients is the ‘top hitter’ (based on Altmetric score) of all reviews of the Cochrane Gynaecologic, Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancer Group.  The Altmetric score is a measure of the quality and quantity of online attention a publication receives.  This review as well as several other Cochrane systematic reviews by Bradt currently score in the top 5% of all articles (2,570,394 articles across all journals) ever tracked by Altmetric.

01/29/15

In July, resident Graduate Art Therapy faculty Donna Kaiser, PhD, Yasmine Awais, and Michele Rattigan presented at the 45th Annual American Art Therapy Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  Also presenting were recent graduates of the art therapy program: Jessica Drass ‘12, Elizabeth Kimport ‘13, Art-Therapy-National-ConferenceSarah Manley ‘12, and Gretchen Tucker ‘13.  In addition, Elizabeth Kimport was awarded the Gladys Agell Award for Excellence in Student Research.  Kimport is the first Drexel graduate to have received this prestigious award.

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