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 an art therapy program.

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

We base art therapy training hours on the hospital's staffing schedule and student's education level. Practicums are typically are one day a week for 6-8 hours throughout the semester, usually for a total of 80 hours. Most internships are three days a week for 8 hours throughout the semester.   

Deadline to Apply for Art Therapy Training

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

Applications will be reviewed between January 1st and May 15th.  Decisions will be made by June 30th.

For the spring semester, the deadline to apply is October 15th. 

Applications will be reviewed between June 1st and Oct 15th. Decisions will be made by November 30th.

Please email all art therapy education questions or requests to:

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