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M.A. in Art Therapy (M.A.A.T)

Program Heads: Prof. Roee Rosen, Dr. Ofira Honig

Art as part of psychotherapy allows mental and emotional processes to occur without breaking them down into words. This is assuming that art allows one to use his/her creative powers to explore himself and to grow. The investigation is done using different materials, each of which has the potential of allowing the patient-creator to touch different corners of his soul, and to illuminate dark and less accessible corners. The presence of a therapist in this process creates the unique place of art therapy in a triple relationship - the patient, the materials and art, and the therapist.

In the Master's program for training therapists in visual arts, we believe that when we create, we reorganize our thoughts, feelings, and fears in order to provide us with the strength for growth. We train the art therapy students: to observe, to contain and understand the materials, the work and the creator. Set in the historic campus of the Faculty of Arts – Hamidrasha, the Art Therapy Program serves to inspire, expand, enrich and challenge students of art therapy.

The uniqueness of the program lies in the modes of experiential dynamic teaching through art. These transformational, unique teaching modes allow students to examine the content they deal with, their own evolving professional identity, and their identity as therapist-artists through the language they are learning.

Scope of Studies
This is an academic two-year program, with a practical third year accompanied by senior clinicians in art therapy in Israel.
The scope of the program is 21 compulsory weighted weekly hours + 12 compulsory non-weighted weekly hours and practical training hours.

Program structure
The Arts Therapy program includes 4 modules:
  • Module A: Courses on the treatment and diagnosis professions - concepts and theoretical approaches
  • Module B: Courses in methodology and research
  • Module C: Joint courses from the arts therapy content worlds
  • Module D: Unique arts therapy courses
In addition:
  • Dynamic-experiential visual arts therapy workshops.
  • Practical training - 600 hours in first and second years and advanced practical training of 960 hours according to the guidelines of the CHE (Council for Higher Education) and the Israeli Higher Council for Creative Arts Therapies (with guidance in small groups).
  • Instruction and accompaniment of practical training (practicum / internship) in small groups throughout all school years.
  • Group therapy combined with studio art therapy in the college’s sculpture and art studio.
Unique to this program:
  • A clinical seminar in the first year, including individual emotional support, participation in facilitating group therapy in art, guidance and learning about the population with senior lecturers in the program who accompany groups of five students in the field.
  • A heavy tool sculpture workshop.
  • Studio art therapy.
  • Open art therapy studio.
  • In-depth study into psycho-diagnostics of materials (in the third year).
  • In-depth study into time-limited focused art therapy (in the third year).
School Days
  • Monday – A full school day.
  • Practical training days outside the college (depending on the required hours and the place of training).
Concentrated courses are held during some of the vacations.

Practical Training
Practical work in the field is an important part of the curriculum. The program is based on training and support for individuals and for small groups, with the practical work carried out in different places and with diverse populations (i.e. mental health in all its forms, schools, boarding schools, geriatric population, prisons, welfare organizations).

Advanced Practical Training during third year includes:
1. Assignment to the training locations.
2. Training through Art - an "Inner Training" course of art in the studio in sculpture and painting, which includes guidance in the curatorial process.
3. At the end of the advanced practical training year, students will receive a booklet that includes the catalog of the exhibition they participated in (a curatorial style art therapy catalog) and the abstracts of the research they did during their Master’s degree.
4. Training in small groups (up to 8 students).
5. Theme-focused group therapy course using art and Gestalt for adult groups.
6.  Students who are Interested can register for an emotional regulation and parental guidance course through CbtArt at the cost of NIS 3,000.

At the end of the three-year, closely supervised training program, graduates also receive an advanced practical training certificate and can join diverse multidisciplinary teams of mental health, welfare, trauma and education professionals as visual art psychotherapists.

Conditions for Passing from Year to Year and Graduation 
  • Transition from first to second year is dependent on a passing grade of at least 80 in each of the courses and the completion of compulsory practical experience hours.
  • At the end of two academic years, upon submission of two research seminar papers, completion of academic assignments with a grade of at least 80 in each course, and completion of all practical work obligations, the students will receive a Master's degree in Art Therapy - visual arts: M.A.A.T.
  • At the end of two academic years, during the advanced practical training year, a "Certificate of Completion of an Advanced Practical Training Program in Art Therapy" of 960 hours, including training, will be issued.

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