"I can point to my studio art classes at Marywood University as the best experiences of my undergraduate career. The fostering of trust, independence, and camaraderie between the professors and students at Marywood prepared me for further artistic pursuits and a professional degree."

Anna Quinlivan

(MFA Historic Preservation, Savannah College of Art and Design)

Art Therapy

Marywood's art therapy program is designed to meet the needs of those interested in a career that includes both a commitment to art-making and a commitment to serving others. It will introduce you to the human service profession of art therapy at a pre-professional level.

A combination of studio art courses and behavioral and social science courses will fully prepare you for graduate study in art therapy. Master's level art therapy training then focuses on preparing students for professional practice.

Our program emphasizes the healing and therapeutic qualities of art, for ourselves as artists and for the clients we serve. You'll be taught and guided by registered and board-certified art therapists who are active clinicians and artists. Coursework emphasizes hands-on experience.

Download the course sequence sheet for a breakdown of classes each semester.

At Marywood, you'll have the opportunity to complete an art therapy internship in a mental health, medical, educational, or studio setting. This is essential training if you're considering future education and a career as an art therapist. 

Above all, the making of art is central to the spirit of our art therapy program. You will leave Marywood as a capable artist and advocate of humanistic engagement with others through the artistic process. For more information on our art therapy program, contact Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell at parkerbell@marywood.edu.


2015 Art Therapy Symposium - Program Brochure2015 Art Therapy Symposium

Work as Worship in 3 Acts: Arrival, The Contemplative Clinician, and Service as a Spiritual Practice

Friday, March 27, 2015
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


Presenter: Dr. Michael Franklin

This symposium will focus on approaching Art therapy as an opportunity to surface, blend, and integrate multiple professional identities. Included in the artist-therapist self-structure are other traits including the contemplative, transpersonal, and socially engaged self. Later in the day there will be an afternoon workshop that explores these themes by materializing through clay, the I/Thou relational textures of the empathic imagination.

For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Parker- Bell at parkerbell@maryu.marywood.edu

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Art Therapy Symposium


2014 Art Therapy Symposium

Art Therapy with Students at Risk:  Fostering Resilience and Growth Through Creative Self-Expression

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Stella A. Stepney, M.S., ATR-BC, LCAT

This symposium will focus on fostering resilience and growth through self-expression with diverse at-risk student populations.  Through a combination of lecture, art making, and discussion, participants will gain an understanding of the “four worlds of childhood,” associated risk/protective factors, and the rationale for using art expression to foster resilience in this population.

For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Parker- Bell at parkerbell@maryu.marywood.edu

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Art Therapy Symposium

2013 Art Therapy Symposium

A Social Justice Approach to Art Therapy: Global to Local Perspectives 

February 14th, 2013
8:45 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Presenter: Catherine Moon, MA, ATR-BC

This symposium is focused on a social justice approach to art therapy that emphasizes reflexivity, power sharing, and cultural relevance. An ongoing project to develop therapeutic arts programs in Kenya and Tanzania provides an example of the challenges and practical application of this model in an international context, while a community-based studio project in Chicago provides a model for how a social justice approach can be applied at the local level. 

For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Parker- Bell at parkerbell@maryu.marywood.edu

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Global Perspectives in Creativity, Art Therapy, Counseling and Psychology

The Global Perspectives in Creativity, Art Therapy, Counseling and Psychology project is a result of collaboration between Marywood University and Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Siberia, Russian Federation. The aim of the project is to provide scholars, students, and the general public an opportunity to see differences and similarities in thinking and practice of psychologically oriented and creative professions in Russia and the USA. Professors from Marywood and Tomsk State University describe and discuss related research in events that will took place live with participation from audiences in Tomsk and Scranton simultaneously.

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The Sandtray Room

Check out Marywood University's New Sandtray Room!

Sandtray is a form of therapy that allows clients to create their own representations of their world and experiences using miniature figures and sand. These creations are metaphors of the client’s life and serve as a means for the client to reflect on conflicts, obstacles, and self-acceptance. Sandtray therapy is beneficial for a range of ages and populations. As in art therapy, sandtray therapy can be carried out non-verbally and contains symbolism of the client’s inner world (Zhou, 2009). The sandtray room at Marywood University enables students to directly experience and learn about the processes of sandtray therapy. 

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