July 12, 2018

The AATA is thrilled to share the news that art therapy graduate students who were enrolled at Marylhurst University will be able to complete their degrees at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling! Following Marylhurst’s sudden closure announced in May, faculty and students found themselves in a state of uncertainty, not knowing where they would continue their education and careers. Marylhurst was home to the only AATA-approved art therapy program in Oregon, one of 34 approved programs across the country.

As a result of joint advocacy efforts by faculty, students, and the wider art therapy community, students in Oregon will continue to have access to high quality art therapy education at Lewis & Clark.  A special thank you goes to Program Director and AATA member Mary Andrus, DAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC, who played an instrumental role in connecting the program with Lewis & Clark and had successfully spearheaded legislative efforts last year to establish licensure for art therapists in the state. “We are excited to welcome the art therapy program to Lewis & Clark,” Teresa McDowell, professor and chair of the graduate school’s department of counseling psychology, said in the college’s announcement yesterday. “This is particularly timely as professionals in this specialized field of mental health will soon be eligible for licensure in Oregon.”