The M.A. in Counseling Psychology program is designed to provide a solid clinical foundation while integrating the creative arts into the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. The program facilitates the development of counseling skills through professional clinical training and immersion in various creative endeavors: creative writing, music, painting. 

Counseling – with an emphasis in the Creative Arts

A unique feature of the M.A. Counseling Psychology program at UMF is the opportunity to explore the creative arts at the graduate level while simultaneously completing a program of study in the field of counseling. The creative arts are valued for their own sake, even as they are integrated into your understanding of the counseling process.

Significantly, our program does not promote a specific vision of creative or expressive art therapy. Rather, it encourages you to develop your own understanding of how the arts can supplement or enrich the counseling enterprise. In our M.A. in Psychology Counseling program you will be exposed to a broad range of theoretical perspectives and will, in the end, develop an approach to counseling that is uniquely your own.

The M.A. program will be coordinated by faculty in the UMF Division of Psychology and Human Development, an academic community with a rich history of delivering innovative psychology curricula rooted in the humanistic tradition. 


Growth in the Counseling professions is expected to be significant for the foreseeable future.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, significant growth in Counseling professions: Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder specializations, is anticipated over the next 10 years. It estimates growth at 23% for the US as a whole and at least 10% for Maine.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias will double by 2060, to 417 million. The CDC also notes that the prevalence of autism in children has increased by 15% in the last 2 years, and now stands at 1 in 59 children. At a minimum, 50,000 teens with autism age out of school-based services each year, yet their needs persist well into adulthood. 

Additionally, the U.S. Veterans Administration notes that counseling utilizing creative arts therapies may be especially beneficial for those who are “resistive to other treatment approaches.” This includes veterans with chronic pain, neurocognitive disorders, traumatic brain injury, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder.

Given these realities, counselors with creative arts emphases may find employment in an expanding range of settings: nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, community mental health agencies, inpatient and outpatient children’s treatment centers, and a range of facilities providing services to veterans and their families.

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Creative Arts program is approved as part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation of the University of Maine at Farmington.


The M.A. Counseling Psychology is guided by six core principles:

  • The experience of community – a holistic educational experience involving sustained relationships with faculty and other students
  • Long-term mentoring relationships – faculty committed to building mentoring relationships with their students 
  • Teaching excellenceengagement in the classroom, experiential learning, and guidance and support
  • Theoretical eclecticism exposure to a broad range of theoretical perspectives
  • Interdisciplinary educationdraw upon the wisdom of multiple disciplines
  • Personal growth – coursework that is personally rewarding and rich in experiential experiences

Graduates of this program will be prepared to serve their communities as creative, productive, service-oriented leaders in the counseling profession. With appropriate post-graduate experience, graduates will be well prepared for the Maine State Licensing Exam to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).


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