Become an art therapist with help from Lourdes University


Art therapy is on the rise in several professional settings. One of the recognized mental health professions, art therapy involves using art media and the creative process as a therapeutic and healing process for clients. Registered (ATR), Board Certified (ATR-BC) and Certified Supervisor Credential (ATCS) Art Therapists are practicing in rehabilitation, medical, mental health, educational, wellness, forensic and community settings.

Last month, Lourdes University presented “A Career in Art Therapy” workshop for those interested in the field. Three successful art therapists shared more about the field, its educational standards and the types of jobs available. Lourdes graduates on hand included Melinda Hallenbeck-Kostecky, MS, ATR-BC and Raja Aossey, ATR. Ms. Hallenbeck-Kostecky is an Art Therapist at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Ms. Aossey is a Registered Art Therapist at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

A great route to becoming an art therapist

Lourdes offers a concentration in Pre-Art Therapy for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in art or psychology who then go on to complete a master’s degree at an accredited graduate school. “Art therapy truly can be one of the most challenging and yet rewarding careers. An art therapist often designs art projects that assist his or her clients become more positive about their future, while utilizing their knowledge of psychology to assist them in setting and accomplishing goals,” offers Erin Palmer Szavuly, MFA, Chair of the Lourdes University Art Department.

To learn more about the art program and pre-art therapy concentration, call 419-885-5291 or email