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Specialization in Expressive Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology – Specialization in Expressive Arts prepares students for careers as psychotherapists with a special emphasis on multi-modal expressive arts approaches to psychotherapy. This program is offered at JFK University’s Berkeley campus only.

This degree specialization offers a strong foundation in basic counseling theory and practice. The program combines theoretical and experiential learning modalities and emphasizes personal growth and development. Students engage in self-reflection throughout the program. Core coursework allows students the opportunity to develop awareness of their own process while developing counseling, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Students also explore the integration of the expressive arts including, dance, visual art, music, drama and poetry in their work through content in holistic psychotherapies, expressive arts interventions and humanistic psychology.

The Expressive Arts specialization utilizes many of the same methods as traditionally-oriented therapies and also incorporates art-based interventions that help clients externalize internal experiences. This program takes a Jungian approach to the expressive arts, emphasizing the power of the image to bring insight and transformation. Grounded in deep humanistic theory, expressive arts psychology emphasizes the quality of presence, authenticity and the ability to provide containment in the therapeutic relationship. It values a client centered approach which trusts in the client’s innate health and inner guiding wisdom. The use of the arts and power of art to externalize and contain deep interpersonal emotion are the cornerstones of the field and key to this specialization. The coursework in expressive arts psychology deepens students’ knowledge of the role of art, movement, dreams, sensate experiences, and ritual in fostering psychological well-being.

Students are encouraged to pursue a personal arts based practice as a foundation for their work with others. This specialization also encourages a commitment to work in the community and all students are required to participate in planning and executing a community based art experience.

In addition to licensure in the state of California, this program prepares students for optional registration as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. The program also provides optional focused emphases in Dance Therapy or Drama Therapy.


The MA in Counseling Psychology with an Expressive Arts specialization requires completion of 91 units.

Expressive Arts Specialization (16 units)
HPB 5000 Introduction to Holistic Counseling Psychology Program (0 units)
EXB 5100 EXA Master Courses: Creativity and Consciousness (3 units)
EXB 5100 EXA Master Courses: Art and Symbolic Process (3 units)
EXB 5100 EXA Master Courses: Seminar (3 units)
EXB 5200 Foundations of Expressive Arts (3 units)
HPB 5220 Jungian Psychology (2 units)
EXB 5210 Community Arts Practice A (1 unit)
EXB 5211 Community Arts Practice B (1 unit)

General Counseling (34 units)
HPB 5101 Group Process A (2 units)
HPB 5102 Group Process B (2 units)
HPB 5103 Group Process C (2 units)

HPB 5105 Therapeutic Communication A (3 units)
HPB 5106 Therapeutic Communication B (3 units)
HPB 5201 Diagnosis, Assessment and Therapeutic Strategy A (3 units)
HPB 5202 Diagnosis, Assessment and Therapeutic Strategy B (3 units)

HPB 5225 Basic Addiction Studies (3 units)
HPB 5520 Psychopharmacology (3 units)
HPB 5620 Approaches to Trauma (2 units)
HPB 5235 Psychological Testing (3 units)
HPB 5315 Counseling Case Seminar (3 units)
EXB 5313 Advanced Clinical Skills: Arts in Psychotherapy (2 units)
HPB 9005 Personal Psychotherapy (0 units)

Marriage and Family Therapy (28 units)
HPB 5243 Community Mental Health & Principles of Recovery (3 units)
HPB 5120 Individual Development and Family Life Cycle A (3 units)
HPB 5121 Individual Development and Family Life Cycle B (3 units)
HPB 5126 Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling (3 units)
HPB 5210 Child Therapy (3 units)
HPB 5215 Marriage and Family Counseling A (3 units)
HPB 5216 Marriage and Family Counseling B (3 units)
HPB 5230 Sexuality (2 units)
HPB 5325 Ethics and the Law (3 units)
HPB 5330 Clinical Skills: Partner & Spousal Abuse, Elder Care (2 units)
HPB 9015 Child Abuse Assessment (0 units)

Field Placement (9 units)
HPB 5301 Supervised Field Practicum A (3 units)
HPB 5302 Supervised Field Practicum B (2 units)
HPB 5303 Supervised Field Practicum C (2 units)
HPB 5304 Supervised Field Practicum D (2 units)

HPB 5400 Field Practicum Checkout (0 units)

Final Integrative Project (3 units)
HPB 5350 Final Integrative Project A (1 unit)
HPB 5351 Final Integrative Project B (.5 units)
HPB 5351 Final Integrative Project B (1.5 units)