Wayne State University

Art Therapy

The Art Therapy Program at Wayne State University prepares professional art therapists and counselors who are knowledgeable in art therapy and counseling theories and techniques, who can translate these theories into effective practice, and who have the commitment, competence, respect for diversity among all people and who ascribe to the highest ethical standards and practices.

Consistent with the College theme, and University mission, the Art Therapy Program prepares art therapists who are reflective, innovative, committed to their field, and who have the personal qualities necessary to help others acquire skills and understandings for quality of life.  The program places special emphasis on providing art therapy service in urban areas, with opportunities to practice in Detroit and surrounding neighborhoods through service-learning course assignments, community service opportunities associated with ArtsCorpsDetroit and internships.

For additional information on degree programs and workshops:

Report to Stakeholders Report - Art Therapy (2016-17)

Although both the MEd in Art Education with Art Therapy Concentration and the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Area of Interest in Art Therapy are Approved by the American Art Therapy Association through 2021, Wayne State's Art Therapy Program is transitioning to the Education Standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), adopted by the American Art Therapy Association in 2016.

The learning outcomes selected for this WSU Program Assessment are adapted from the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Art Therapy. The CAAHEP requires accredited art therapy programs to, at minimum, "prepare competent entry level Art Therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains."

Wayne State University's Art Therapy Program reports that all students in the courses selected for assessment have met the learning outcomes. In Academic year 2017-18 The Art Therapy Program will add assessment methods and instruments that will allow us to better evaluate students' learning.