Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Creative Arts Psychotherapy Concentration in Chicago


Concentration Description

Students in the Chicago Campus' Clinical Psy.D. Creative Arts concentration will learn to teach students of all ages to utilize creative arts to improve and enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This concentration will prepare students to work in a wide range of clinical settings and expand their therapeutic repertoire.

The Creative Arts concentration is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. This treatment modality is used with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups, and families to assess and treat a wide range of clinical issues.


Admission into the Chicago Campus’ Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.


GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Therapeutic Uses of Dance/Movement in Psychology
Provides an understanding of the inherent relationship between movement, dance and emotional expression. This course includes both didactic and experiential components that serve to promote students' awareness of body and movement expression as being intrinsic to the process of self-exploration, learning, creativity and therapy, and develop attunement skills that serve to expand and deepen individual or group experiencing and communication. Dance/Movement Therapy is introduced as an alternative therapeutic modality and examined in terms of its historical development, basic theoretical principles, professional training, ethical standards, and clinical methodology.

Intentional Use of Music and Sound in Health Psychology

The goal of this course is to help students develop skills and rationale for the selection of music/sound stimulation for intentional, therapeutic, self-care, and educational uses. Topics covered include the effects of music on physiological response (e.g. stimulative vs. sedative music affecting stress, relaxation, pain stimulation, immune factors, sleep); emotions, cognitive/intellectual development; self actualization; and creativity. Discussions, class demonstrations, and projects emphasize factors impacting selection, use, and outcome effectiveness of music/sound. Ethical issues for individual and group use, as well as cultural implications of music/sound, are also considered.

Psychology, Creativity, and Community
Examines the psychology of creativity from psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, existential, humanistic, and physiological theories. Following this, the practical application of creativity theories and research findings are applied to intellectual and emotional growth, community development, and arts production. Specific issues such as collaboration, identity, creative style, and moral/social responsibility are highlighted. Students are engaged throughout the class in the process of creativity through individual and group activities.

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