Creative Arts in Therapy is a multi-disciplinary field which integrates many areas of study, including Psychology and the Arts. Art Therapy is designated as a mind-body approach by the National Institute of Health. Students of Creative Arts in Therapy are trained to help people find or maintain their own mind/body solutions. They work with individuals, groups and families to facilitate creative growth. In addution to fundamental skills, students gain the theoretical background and applied experience necessary for graduate studies or employment in human services.
Child Life Specialists work primarily with a pediatric population in a medical setting. To complete the Creative Arts in Therapy concentration in Child Life, a balanced combination of credits in an art form (dance, music, theatre, or visual art), in creative arts in therapy courses, seminars and internships, and in support courses in psychology, and one course in biology is required.
Creative Arts in Therapy students who select the Child Life Specialist concentration will complete the traditional CAT internship and a one-semester internship (480 hours). Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.000 in the major in order to participate in the senior internship (CAT 425). Completion of this degree program will provide students with the courses and experiences required to sit for the Child Life Certification Exam, which has reciprocity in all U.S. states and is recognized internationally.
More information is available from the Creative Arts in Therapy coordinator. In order to be registered and board certified in Creative Arts Therapy it is necessary to acquire an advanced degree. Certification in Child Life does not require a graduate degree.