Educational Opportunities in Art Therapy

The Art Therapy Program is part of Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy (CEAT) at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. We offer part-time art therapy training for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Art therapy students:

  • Are part of a psychosocial team that plays a key role in a child’s healing process.
  • Have the chance to learn pediatric medial art therapy in solo and group settings through the CEAT department.
  • Receive direct training from a registered, board-certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor.

Art Therapy Practicum

Practicum students are graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in:

  • Art therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Other related programs

Students will:

  • Shadow the art therapist during one-one-one therapy sessions.
  • Have the chance to co-facilitate group programs on many of our hospital units during the semester.
  • Plan and employ art directives for other group programming and events.

Art Therapy Internship

Interns are students enrolled in an art therapy Master's program approved by the American Art Therapy Association.

Interns will:

  • Start their training by shadowing both one-on-one and group art therapy sessions.
  • Then spend most of their time leading one-one-one art therapy sessions with patients.
  • Plan and implement group art therapy sessions and events, as needed.

Art Therapy Training Dates and Times

Students and their schools decide the exact training dates. We base art therapy training hours on the hospital’s staffing schedule and student's education level.

Most practicums are one day per week for 6 to 8 hours throughout the semester. Hours depend on whether you're a graduate or undergraduate student.

Most internships are:

  • 3 days per week for 8 hours throughout the semester.
  • Tuesday to Thursday, between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The time slot may change, as our art therapists have changing schedules based on the time of year.

Deadline to Apply for Art Therapy Training

For the 2019 fall semester, the deadline to apply is May 15, 2019.

For the 2020 spring semester, the deadline is October 15, 2019.

Please email all art therapy education questions or requests to:

Kate Gibson
Creative and Expressive Arts Therapist II
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Kaitlin.Gibson2@chp.edu