Expressive Therapy Certificate

Begin or advance your career with USJ’s Expressive Therapy Certificate

USJ’s unique, 12-credit certificate program is the first of its kind in New England.

USJ’s Expressive Therapies Certificate will provide you with the tools needed to develop an integrative approach to treatment in the fields of psychotherapy, counseling, social work, rehabilitation, and health care.

Program Curriculum

The Expressive Therapy course is more than just a class to take to complete a credit, it is something special and exciting to look forward too. It teaches you new ways to communicate and help people heal.

– Madison DiDomenico ’21

What is Expressive Therapy?

Expressive Therapy helps individuals communicate relevant issues in ways that “talk” therapy is not able to. Expressive Therapy encompasses the following areas:

  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Play Therapy

Program Benefits

  • Emphasis on the creative process rather than the final product
  • Helps people find inner peace and clarity of purpose
  • Enhances the healing process through the use of creative forms of expression

Students with the Expressive Therapy Certificate are Ideal For:

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

Students are prepared for entry-level positions in the social and health services fields, as well as entry into a professional, Master of Arts degree licensure program in Mental Health Counseling or Social Work.

Work in a Growing Career Field

  • 18% job growth expected from 2016-2026
  • 430 annual job openings in Connecticut projected from 2016-2026
  • Expressive Therapy skills translate into positions in a wide variety of treatment settings: Social Service Managers, hospitals, clinics, community health centers, prisons, youth, geriatric institutions, and private practice
  • Annual average wage in the Northeast region: $75,250


  • Introduction to Expressive Therapies
  • Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Play Therapy

I love Expressive Therapy because they help expand who can benefit from therapy. Whether that be through art, music, play, or poetry therapy, there are so many different avenues a person can take to express themselves and get the help that they need.

– Meaghan Jones ’20

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