“The Expressive Arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing, and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. IEATA encourages an evolving multimodal approach within psychology, organizational development, community arts, and education. By integrating the arts processes and allowing one to flow into another, we gain access to our inner resources for healing, clarity, illumination and creativity.”
—International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
The Expressive Arts Emphasis at Goddard College
At Goddard College, we believe that the expressive arts together with psychology and clinical mental health counseling practices are effective ways to work with clients of varied ages and from diverse cultures and communities. The expressive arts are also a vehicle for community-based work informed by principles of social justice, liberation psychology, and the honoring of the individuality of each person.
The Expressive Arts Emphasis is designed to introduce students to the integration of the expressive arts into the practices of counseling and psychotherapy. The focus of the Emphasis is two-fold: that of contributing to each student’s development of himself/herself in the process of preparation for the work of counseling and psychotherapy and that of developing a diverse range of practices in Expressive Arts that may be woven into the counselor’s professional work. In addition to these grounding purposes, the expressive arts therapy emphasis is also intended to contribute to a student’s preparation in working towards becoming registered as an Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) or as a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
Learning experiences in the Expressive Arts Emphasis are integrated into individually designed courses in the Psychology and Counseling Program at Goddard. Each semester, students spend eight days on campus in Vermont and then continue their coursework in their home communities. Students meet the requirements for the Expressive Arts Emphasis concurrently as they complete the requirements for the MA in Psychology or the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. Participation in the Expressive Arts Emphasis does not necessarily affect the amount of time required to complete the program. Students who do not want to complete all of the Expressive Arts Emphasis requirements are welcomed to incorporate expressive arts theory and processes into the coursework they complete for the MA in Psychology or the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree.
Work for the concentration is done along with overall degree requirements and does not necessarily affect the amount of time needed to complete the program.
MHC 620 Group Work: For the expressive arts therapy emphasis this content will be integrated into the Group Work course together with other course requirements. Students will study how intermodal expressive arts practices are applied in the process of group counseling and therapies. The focus will be on learning how one process informs the next process within the scope of expressive arts, within the context of working with groups in therapy. This course will cover material consistent with a course in intermodal expressive arts therapy practices.
PSY 610/MHC 610 Social and Cultural Foundations: For the Expressive Arts Emphasis content will be integrated into the Social and Cultural Foundations course together with other course requirement.: Students will explore how the expressive arts have historically and in the present been embedded into practices to grow healing within the individual, the family, and larger systems within cultures. Ritual, art-making, dance, and other practices may be studied as they relate to discovering a globally informed diversity of beliefs around healing and growing well being. This course will cover material consistent with a course in the historical traditions and current practices in the expressive arts.
MHC 710 Counseling Theory and Helping Relationships: For the Expressive Arts Emphasis students will integrate this material into the Counseling Theory and Helping Relationships course along with other course requirements. Students will explore the theories, techniques, and practices that are applied throughout the discipline of Expressive Arts therapies, accompanied by a focus on growing embodied attunement with clients, that then grow empathic understanding, that very importantly provides the groundwork for a strong therapeutic relationship.