Creative Arts in Therapy

Creative Arts Therapy Using the Arts for Healing

Creative Arts in Therapy is a multi-disciplinary field which integrates many areas of study, including Psychology and the Arts. Students of Creative Arts in Therapy are trained to help people find and maintain their own mind/body solutions. They work with individuals, groups and families to facilitate creative growth.

The Creative Arts in Therapy B.A. degree offers concentrations in Visual Art, Dance, Music, Theater and Child Life.  Art Therapy is designated as a mind-body approach by the National Institute of Health.

The Mission and Purpose of the Russell Sage College Creative Arts in Therapy Program is:

  • To provide the educational opportunities for individual students professional skills with which they may assist others in the pursuit of wellness through creative means;
  • To contribute to the larger society a highly educated group of creative and empathic individuals dedicated to contributing to local and global wellness;
  • To promote a life style which includes ongoing learning, wellness, and contribution to community

Alumni Testimonials

Christa Kearsey OT is going great so far, and I am loving the application of creative thinking to the human body! I have been amazed how much cross over there is between the Creative Arts in Therapy and the OT program, especially in Barbara's classes! I feel very well prepared and I honestly think that a CAT major is the absolute BEST undergraduate preparation for OT. People always told me that CAT into OT was an excellent choice, and I always agreed, but now that I am experiencing it first-hand I am realizing it was more helpful than I could even have imagined.
Christa Kearsey | 9/14

Olivia RadichesMy two passions in life are music and helping others in need. The Creative Arts in Therapy program helped me fuse these two passions together. It is so rewarding to be able to work with a client and watch them enjoy activities involving the creative arts. Music, art, dance, and theatre take therapy to a new level and help improve the quality of life of the client. During my time in the CAT program I was able to work with a number of different groups which is much more rewarding than simply learning about them in a book. The CAT program provided me with valuable skills that I am able to take with me and utilize in graduate school for OT.
Olivia Radiches | 9/14

Strong preparation for graduate school and employment

Creative Arts in Therapy students enjoy an unusual amount of hands-on experience especially in practicum courses and the senior integrated experience. This prepares them for further study in art education, social work, counseling, psychology, occupational therapy, and many other fields, as well as art therapy, music therapy, dance therapy and drama therapy. According to student surveys completed three months post-graduation, students have been employed or accepted to graduate school at a consistently high rate. 

"I have declared myself as a Community, Administration, and Policy social work student here at Howard, and I am excited to learn about the various opportunities and roles that Social Workers have, from a community and administration perspective. I just started a new internship at Lutheran Social Services of the Northern Capital Area and I have been assigned to work with the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. I really intend to use Creative Arts Therapy strategies in the Orientation. I was thinking role playing and drama therapy would be a great way to help the youth understand non-verbal body language that may be common in the United States. 

I cannot thank you enough for your patience, and for teaching all of us CAT students such valuable life skills! I used much of my CAT skills during my internship last year at a charter school with many underprivileged students living in low-income households."
- Jannah Umar, Russell Sage 2012

At Sage you will:

  • Take courses in visual art, dance, music or theatre; psychology; and Creative Arts in Therapy. Courses involve experiential and theoretical exploration and study. See course requirements.
  • Work with a variety of populations including at-risk children, adolescents, adults, and seniors; people with addictions, emotional, developmental, mental and physical health challenges.
  • Complete a 90-hour integrated experience as a senior to explore your interests in pursuing a career or further education in Creative Arts in Therapy. A Master's Degree is required in order to be a registered or licensed Creative Arts Therapist.