Academics at Prescott College
Expressive Art Therapy
Expressive Art Therapy blends a passion for art with the skills of counseling. The program follows the educational guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association and the International Expressive Art Therapy Association for becoming a registered expressive art therapist, and the requirements for licensure with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. Students seeking licensure in other states must make sure that their degree program covers the necessary requirements of the licensing board in their state. Depending on the state licensure requirements, the Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Art Therapy will take two and half to three years to complete.
In combination with the courses required for professional licensure, the student will engage in study of the history, ethics, and practice of expressive art therapy. Expressive art therapies involve the use of visual art, music, movement, poetry and performance, as well as the inter-modal application of these in therapy and healing.
The Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Art Therapy combines the 60 credit M.S. and the 30 credit coursework required for the Post-Masters Certificate in EAT into a 90 credit-hour program. This includes coursework, a supervised counseling practicum (in some cases a separate Expressive Art Therapy practicum), attendance at all colloquia, attendance at two Summer Institutes, and a capstone thesis paper.
Since 2002, students and mental health professionals from around the world have gathered at Prescott College for two weeks in July/August to take part in our annual Summer Institute. The goal of the Institute is to provide participants with a residency experience and the ability to study with the internationally renowned educators such as Cathy Malchiodi, Dariah K. Halprin, Pat Allen, Bruce Moon, and Cathy Moon. The Institute is very hands-on and a perfect venue in which educators, counselors, and students can learn in a supervised experiential learning environment.
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Limited Residency Master of Science in Counseling
The Prescott College Master of Science in Counseling program offers you an opportunity to discover and develop your own therapeutic qualities while learning theory and building skills for professional practice as either clinical counselors, couple and family therapists, addiction counselors, or school counselors in various capacities of your own choosing. At the heart of the program is a holistic approach to mental health, healing and wellness. This approach emphasizes empowerment of the client and recognizes the client’s experiential awareness as a key element in meaningful change.
The Masters in Counseling Program provides an interdisciplinary, student-centered learning environment that integrates global and local social and professional issues with professional practice while maintaining an emphasis on student academic, professional, and cultural competence.
The 60 semester credit curriculum includes required core courses and supervised clinical experiences needed for all graduates to be prepared for successful, ethical and competent practice as mental health counselors as well as eligibility to pursue licensure in most states. Please see our Annual Report and Vital Statistics Report.
Students must select one of five areas of specialization:
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares graduates to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, as well as to promote mental health and wellness. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention, and often work in interdisciplinary teams with other health professionals. An emphasis in Somatic Oriented Counseling is available within this specialization.
- Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling prepares graduates to work with individuals, couples, and families from a family systems perspective. Marriage, Couple and Family Counselors work with clients across a variety of mental and emotional disorders, relationship issues, or communication issues and in a variety of work settings including inpatient facilities, community mental health centers, private practice offices, and social service agencies.
- Rehabilitation Counseling prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address a wide range of disabilities issues in training, and vocational programs, as well as in a more broad mental health counseling context. Rehabilitation counselors partner with individuals with disabilities to assist them in make informed choices, obtain gainful employment, pursue meaningful careers, and live independently.
- Addictions Counseling prepares graduates to work with persons and families affected by alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual and other addictive disorders (e.g., food-related). This program focuses on models of treatment, prevention, recovery, and relapse prevention of addiction, along with the appropriate application of appropriate interventions.
- School Counseling prepares graduates to work with students ranging from kindergarten through high school. School counselors promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of students through understanding how to design and implement comprehensive school guidance and counseling programs that include time for individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance, and family and teacher consultations within the school setting.
Students have the option to enhance their education by choosing from several innovative concentrations. Prescott College shares the distinction of offering these concentrations with a select handful of other programs in the United States: Adventure-based Psychotherapy, Ecotherapy, Equine-Assisted Mental Health, and Expressive Art Therapy.
Graduate Teaching Scholarships are available for students who wish to gain teaching experience and defray the cost of their Master’s program. A complete description and application instructions can be found here.
We have submitted our application for CACREP accreditation, but there is no guarantee in terms of timeline or eventual outcome. More information on CACREP accreditation
Academic Elements-Lim Res MA and MSAcademic Elements-Lim Res MA and MS
All incoming Prescott College students are required to participate in New Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester. During Orientation, you will receive information and experience activities designed to guide you through your specific program. Orientation is a time during which students and faculty from diverse cultures, different areas of study, and with a variety of expertise can come together to build friendships, exchange ideas, and develop cohorts or informal networks to support you through your distance learning journey. Students typically come away from Orientation inspired, energized and ready for the next phase of independent scholarship.
Limited Residency Master’s students attend colloquia on the Prescott campus during each Fall and Spring semester. Each Prescott Colloquium begins on Friday morning and goes until Sunday or Monday afternoon. During the colloquia, students connect with their cohort, make presentations, and contribute to ongoing dialogue and scholarship among peers and faculty. Colloquia also include workshops that address the nuts and bolts of the limited-residency programs and presentations from internationally known keynote speakers.
Life & Career OutcomesLife & Career Outcomes
- Art Therapist
- Clinical Psychologist
- Counseling Psychologist
Academic ResourcesAcademic Resources
Prescott College Library
The Prescott College Library supports the curriculum with a variety of print and electronic resources. Our library catalog reflects not only our collection but that of more than 30 other libraries in Yavapai county. A system-wide library card allows borrowers to request books from any library in the county. Online resources include millions of full-text articles available through our article databases, and over 130,000 e-books available through ebrary.More Information