The Springfield College Art Therapy/Counseling master’s degree program has been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), effective immediately. Awarded after a peer review by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) and the CAAHEP Board of Directors, this accreditation determined that the Springfield College Art Therapy/Counseling program was in substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards.
“This truly is such a great day for Springfield College, and I want to say thank you to everyone who helped in this process. It truly was a team effort,” said Springfield College Art Therapy/Counseling and Art Education Director Simone Alter-Muri. “We had such an amazing advisory committee helping us through this process. We can’t thank everyone enough for their dedication and support.”
Students enrolled in the art therapy/counseling program will have the option to either pursue a Master of Science or a Master of Education.
“This is great news for the art therapy/counseling program and we want to thank all of the faculty, staff, and students involved in this process for their hard-work in making this accreditation a reality,” said Springfield College Visual and Performing Arts Chair Martin Shell.
Graduates from the arts therapy/counseling program are master's-level clinicians who can jump right into the workforce, or pursue additional licensure opportunities, which will allow them to earn a license in the mental health field after graduation and to obtain board certification as an art therapist.
“To all of our Springfield College alumni, who through art therapy are making the world a better place, thank you and this couldn’t have occurred without you,” added Alter-Muri.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.