This program allows an opportunity for students to pursue a doctorate in an individualized program, drawing from the University’s curriculum in Expressive Arts Therapy. The Expressive Arts Doctoral Degree is designed to provide participants with a holistic and culturally enriched perspective about facilitating health, emotional growth, and human potential. The personal integration of a host of experiences and techniques is intended to contribute to the development of greater personal health and increased therapeutic options. In practice, Expressive Arts are used in adult,
as well as child therapy and are especially valuable with non-verbal populations or those clients for whom talking therapy has proven difficult.
A Master of Arts degree in Psychology or its equivalent, or a Master’s degree and 25 graduate quarter units in Psychology including the following.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires the completion of 95 quarter units at the doctoral level. The student will develop an individualized program of study by completing the core Psychology requirements (35 units), the core Expressive
Arts requirements (35 units) and selecting 15 additional units from the Expressive Arts curriculum and/or other University curricula.
Students are required to write and defend a Ph.D. Dissertation (10 units), including an Oral Qualifying Exam and Final Oral defense, and complete 60 hours of personal counseling with licensed professionals. Successful passage of the Doctoral Comprehensive Exam is also required.
Prerequisite Courses (25 units)
CEX 600 Expressive Arts Business
CPS 605 Clinical Counseling Skills
CPS 610 Psychopharmacology 5
CPS 611 Advanced Clinical Skills
CPS 615 Cross-Cultural Counseling 5
Graduate Core Psychology Course Requirements (35 units)
CPS 501 Writing Skills & Research 5
CPS 691 Behavioral Statistics I 5 CPS 693 Social Psychology 5
CPS 695 Selected Topics: Brief 5
Therapy & Crisis
Intervention – or –
CPS 702 Group Therapy: Theory 5
CPS 704 Psychopharmacology 5
CPS 705 Advanced Research Methods 5
Graduate Expressive Arts Core Requirements (35 units)
CEX 630 Foundations of Expressive 5
CEX 631 Psychodrama, Ritual & 5
CEX 632 Fundamentals of Music 5
CEX 633 Fundamentals of Movement 5
CEX 634 Art and Expressive Therapy 5 w/Children and Adolescents
CEX 635 Art and Expressive Therapy 5
w/Adults & Aging Populations
EXA 733 Expressive Techniques
in Family Therapy 5
CEX 730 Traditions of Transformational 5
CEX 739 Practicum in Expressive, 5
Graduate Expressive Therapies Course Electives Available (15 units)
EXA 732 Special topics in Expressive 5
EXA 735 Fundamentals of
Color Therapy 5
EXA 736 Language, Poetry, Myth,
& Folklore Therapy 5
EXA 738 Sandtray and World Play
EXA 742 Seminar in Expressive
EXA 745 Independent Study in 5
Expressive Arts Therapy
Dissertation (10 units)
CEX 800 Dissertation/Project Writing I 5
CEX 801 Dissertation/Project Writing II 5
Students working on their Dissertation, Master’s Thesis, or Senior Project must be registered for the respective course every quarter until the project has been completed. The Dissertation, Master’s Thesis, or Senior Project is complete when the student has successfully passed the oral examination where applicable, and the final approval forms have been signed by the project chairperson and SDUIS Director of Research.
Required Total Units: 95
1) All residential courses, other than independent study, are taught in a classroom setting. Each instructor provides students with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, the course content, student performance expectations, textbooks and related study materials, and evaluation methods used for grading purposes.
2) Courses are traditionally taught in lecture style with group discussions, student presentations and written assignments.
3) Instructional methods also include research projects and experiential components such as internship and practicum requirements. Faculty provide individualized academic advising as needed and encourage ongoing student dialogue in class and online. Upon completion of the core curriculum, students become involved in their capstone research project, the Doctoral Dissertation. Students are required to complete sixty (60) clock hours of personal counseling provided by a licensed therapist approved by the University. Grading criteria are presented to students in the course syllabus provided at the beginning of class. The University’s grading policy is designed to meet the highest professional standards of objectivity, fairness, and accuracy.
4) Independent study courses are an in-depth study of a topic and directed by SDUIS faculty or an equally qualified mentor who is approved by the Chief Academic Officer.
5) Student learning performance outcome evaluations include essay and objective examinations, research, reports, and experimental activities.
1) The Doctor of Philosophy with specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy Degree program is also offered through distance education. Direct education is delivered to students via e-mail. Students submit their assignments to the instructor and class weekly. The instructor reviews the work and prepares a feedback to be sent to the students and class weekly.
2) Each student is provided with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, course content, weekly assignments and student performance expectations.
3) Instructors work closely with students to monitor their progress.
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