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Expressive Therapies

Expressive Therapies Studies

Graduate Certificate, full-time or part-time graduate certificate program

Enhance wellness through creativity and mind/body integration.

Explore the principles and practices of art, dance/movement, drama, music therapy, and expressive arts therapy. Discover how these disciplines can be integrated into clinical work and build on your current professional practice.

As you investigate the capacity of the human imagination to reveal solutions to complex problems, expand your understanding of how creativity can be applied to help individuals, families, and communities achieve transformation and growth. Studying with our acclaimed faculty, build your understanding of how the arts can be applied therapeutically for mental, emotional, and spiritual health. And learn how expressive therapies disciplines can be integrated into clinical, educational, and community work.

In this 5-course, 15-credit graduate certificate program, you’ll study the principles and practices of expressive therapies, discover how these skills can be integrated into work with diverse populations, and gain new techniques and strategies for effecting positive change. Choose from a range of electives that directly relate to your professional interests, and complete the program while working full-time. Gain the knowledge and experience needed to embed the arts and creativity into your current professional practice.

If you’re interested in becoming a licensed clinical counselor accredited in an expressive arts modality, explore our 60-credit on-campus or low-residency master’s degree programs.

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Program Structure

Full-Time or Part-Time Program

15 Credits
Remote Learning for Summer 2021 On-Campus Programs

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Summer 2021, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

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Cambridge, MA

A nexus for higher education and mental health counseling practice and research, each year 250,000 students arrive to Cambridge from around the globe. The intellectual and cultural capital runs deep, and so do your opportunities addressing barriers to wellness. From Lesley’s location, access innovative community, hospital, and school-based mental health programs.

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Expressive Therapies
Mitchell Kossak
Mitchell's passion for teaching and healing has led him to work extensively with autistic children and adults, divided communities in Israel, and individuals affected by trauma, such as his work in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. His current research explores the importance of the body in psychotherapy, and how the arts can be engaged to bring awareness to the body’s role in personal expression and healing.
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