Program Information

Through Lesley’s M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Drama Therapy Specialization you’ll develop an understanding of how the intentional use of improvisation, storytelling, role-play, performance, and other dramatic action methods can communicate inner experience, strengthen relationships, and promote well-being.

Prepare to qualify to become a licensed mental health counselor by learning from leaders in the fields of drama therapy, psychodrama, and expressive therapies. Pursue careers in a variety of settings, including schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, community organizations, correctional facilities, and private practice.

As a drama therapy student, you’ll promote spontaneity and creativity in relationships and combine the study and application of dramatic action techniques with a trauma-informed, culturally responsive approach to mental health counseling. Through theory and practice, explore and examine issues of form, aesthetics, and principles central to performance. You'll come to understand the use of creativity in healing from a broader perspective as you master your chosen specialization as well as learn from others. Learn how to assess clients of all ages and backgrounds and select the most appropriate treatment approach. 

Contact: Jason Butler, Drama Therapy Program Coordinator, [email protected]

Admissions: Robin Laskey, [email protected] 

Lesley’s PhD program in Expressive Therapies applies research and creativity to spark individual and societal change. Transform individuals and communities through creativity, scholarship, and collaboration. Enhance your practice and become a leader in expressive therapies through this low-residency doctoral program, which interweaves artistic expression and inquiry with a focus on research. Join with Lesley’s world-recognized faculty and other committed professionals to expand the theory and practice of expressive therapies, exploring new opportunities for research and global impact.

Contact: Dr. Michele Forinash, Expressive Therapies PhD Program Director, [email protected]

Admissions: Robin Laskey, [email protected]

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