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Creative Arts in Therapy - Child Life Specialist Concentration

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.

Degree Requirements

Supporting PSY Courses: 12-13 Credits

Child Life Courses: 18-19 Credits

Total credits in major: 72-74 Credits

General Education Requirements not fulfilled by Major or required Supporting Courses:

Russell Sage College Core Courses: 11 Credits

  • WLD 101 - Reading Women’s Voices/Developing Our Own : 4 Credits
  • WLD 201 - Researching Women’s Lives : 4 Credits
  • WLD 401 - Women Changing the World : 3 Credits

General Education Breadth Requirement: 18 Credits

  • Humanities - History : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - Literature & Languages : 3 Credits
  • Natural & Physical Sciences : 6 Credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning : 3 Credits
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (from discipline other than PSY) : 3 Credits

Elective Courses: 17-19 Credits

Total credits required for degree: 120

Practicum and Internship Requirements

Students are responsible for transportation arrangements to and from practicum and internship settings. Yearly physical examinations and immunizations are required by most Creative Arts Therapy practicum and internship placements. In addition, many of these settings require students to be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal history review. Students are responsible for the costs of these processes. Information regarding how to meet these requirements is provided by the program.

Transfer Policy for Visual Arts Concentration

All transfer students concentrating in the visual arts must complete six credits of studio work at Russell Sage College, regardless of prior college experience.