Art Therapy and Mental Health Dual Curriculum
The mission of the dual curriculum in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling is to prepare competent professionals who think purposefully, creatively and ethically with a dual professional identity. The program is holistic in focus, exposing students to theoretical, ethical, legal, and multicultural components of mental health professions. We stress the importance of the counselor-client relationship and the psychological constructs involved in the art making and reflection processes. We strive to inspire professionals who will advance both counseling and art therapy theory, practice and research as well as provide service to those in need. By maintaining a low student-to-faculty ratio, both programs provide quality individual attention and help to meet needs of increasingly diverse student body.
AT 718 ART MEDIA AND MATERIALS USE IN ART THERAPY: 3 HRS.
This course is an advanced art therapy seminar providing opportunities for art therapy graduate students to explore media and its application within the context of art therapy practice. Media exploration and use will emphasize Kagin and Lusebrink's Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) Model. The course will engage students in experiential learning, both in and out of class, and will underscore studio art practices within the context of art therapy and specific to application with clinical populations. Venue and cultural implications, as well as ethical and safety issues, of media use will be explored. The course also presents opportunities for students to plan for self-care through art making, in future professional practice.
AT 800 ART THERAPY FOUNDATIONS: 3 HRS.
The class includes lecture material, class discussion, dyad experimental art process, and small group work. Lecture material is derived from Rubin's text and supplemented by additional sources. Students are responsible for learning all materials presented in class and covered by the text.
AT 801 ART THERAPY GROUP DYNAMICS AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS: 2 HRS.
Students will gain an understanding of therapy group dynamics; acquire sufficient knowledge of theory and practical applications to plan and facilitate groups incorporating art therapy; and learn about needs and approaches for various special populations and settings.
AT 802 DEVELOPMENTAL TREATMENT MODELS IN ART THERAPY: 3 HRS.
Students will explore models of developmental psychology to address the entire lifespan, along with art therapy methods pertinent to the various life stages. Students will learn about the universal developmental path of art making through childhood and adolescence and about variations that may occur.
AT 804 ART THERAPY ADVANCED ASSESSMENT AND TECHNIQUES IN RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES: 3 HRS.
This course will provide an overview of art therapy and other pertinent assessment tools in the art therapy field. The class will study existing tools and be expected to utilize either a preexisting assessment tool or develop their own.
AT 810 INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY RESEARCH: 1 HR.
This course introduces students to art therapy research. Existing literature in the art therapy field will be explored and discussed. The class will be introduced to basic research terminology and concepts, formats in proposals in research, problems in art therapy and research design. Students are expected to gain an understanding of current research, pitfalls in research, ethics, and multicultural considerations. The student will formulate and complete two research proposals. The instructor will aid in research ideas, as needed. Additionally, students will complete pertinent literature reviews and participate regularly in class discussions.
AT 812 APPLIED ART THERAPY RESEARCH: 2 HRS.
This course reviews advanced research design and implementation in the art therapy field. The class will review research terminology and concepts, formats in conducting research, research problems in art therapy, and research design. Students are expected to research, design, and complete a research project in conjunction with the SPSS class. The instructor will aid in research ideas, as needed. Additionally, students are expected to complete critical reviews of research and participate regularly in class discussion.
AT 835 ART THERAPY INTERNSHIP: 9 HRS.
Art Therapy Internship requires supervised but independent art therapy applications. Work is most likely to be done away from the university at program-approved sites. Therefore, schedules will vary widely. Group supervision and case presentations will be provided to supplement individual supervision in order to enhance student learning and profiting from each others’ experiences.
AT 849 ART THERAPY MASTER'S PROJECT: 3 HRS.
This course allows students to create an original independent project for the professional advancement of the art therapy field within a structured format supervised by the art therapy faculty. The scope of the work could include the creation of instructional manuals, videotapes, or CD-ROM's; categorization of patient art; collaborative community art projects; or other similar projects.
CE 708 MULTICULTURAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING AND RELATED FIELDS: 3 HRS.
This course is designed to meet growing demand for culturally competent mental health service providers by providing graduate students in Art Therapy, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation Counseling with a foundation in multicultural counseling. The text provides interpretation, examination, and information on a broad range of cultures and potential views of therpay and treatment. Students are expected to comprehensively evaluate their own ethnic upbringing and belief systems, as well as a broad range of other cultural value systems to enhance their level of understanding. Course material will be experienced through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including: reading, discussion, verbal presentation and experiential. This course will highlight the use of imagery and metaphor with counseling and art therapy settings. Given the language barriers which may inhibit conventional verbal counseling and therapeutic approaches, the non-verbal symbol systems in arts-based intervention can prove to be extremely effective with diverse cultures.
CE 810 PRE-PRACTICUM: COUNSELING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: 2 HRS.
A study of characteristics of and techniques for establishing effective counseling relationships. The class provides an opportunity for personal growth, development of basic counseling skills, and improved interpersonal counseling relationships. This will be accomplished through group exchange of ideas, feelings, and attitudes through didactic and experiential activities.
CE 820 CAREER COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisites, SC810, or concurrent.) An introduction to career counseling with various types of clientele. The theoretical emphasis is on the development aspects of career decision making from childhood through adulthood. Attention is given to various information sources and techniques for counselors to use in assisting clients with appropriate approaches to decision making.
CE 825 COUNSELING THEORIES: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisites, SC810 or concurrent.) A close look at various theories of counseling and their applicability to the individual counselor and his/her prospective counseling situation. The use of various tools in the specific approaches to counseling. The application of theory in dealing with personal concerns in education, private practice, rehabilitation and other agency settings will be examined.
CE 830 GROUP PROCESSES IN COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisite, 9 graduate hours in MHC or permission required.) This course provides an understanding of group dynamics, stages of group development, group leadership styles, group counseling methods and skills, and presents group process theories and methods applicable in all group counseling settings. Specifically, this course is designed to provide experiential techniques and intervention strategies essential for counselors treating mental disorders in therapeutic groups in mental health settings. Part of this course provides students the opportunity to participate in brief counseling groups facilitated by the professor during which techniques and interventions reflecting various group counseling theorists and group processes are implemented.
CE 833 DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDERS: 3 HRS.
This course provides an overview of the diagnostic criteria utilized in the diagnosis of mental illness. Assessment, psychopharmacology, treatment and rehabilitation modalities will be explored. Using lecture and case studies, students will be provided with experience in diagnosing mental disorders and developing appropriate treatment/rehabilitation plans.
CE 835 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF APPRAISAL IN COUNSELING: 3HRS.
This course focuses on the theory, standardization, and application of various assessment instruments necessary for conducting a comprehensive Mental Health Evaluation and doing mental health counseling. These assessment instruments include projective and standardized personality tests, aptitude, intelligence, achievement, and interest inventories. Administering, analyzing, and interpreting the findings of assessment instruments and the writing of comprehensive mental health evaluations is the major emphasis of this course
ER 851 RESEARCH DESIGN AND WRITING: 3 HRS.
Develop competencies in designing research proposals and writing of research work. Introduction to theoretical concepts and research. Investigate, evaluate and discuss various types of research studies and designs. A study of variables related to research problems and hypotheses. Development of first three chapters of thesis or research problem.
MH 700 INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Consent of instructor) This course serves as the basic course introducing students to the theoretical and historical framework within which a mental health counselor functions. The student will be introduced to various mental health professions and to the interfacing of all mental health professions.
MH 770 RELATIONSHIP AND FAMILY COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisite, 9 graduate hours in MHC or permission required.) This course serves as an introduction to marriage and family counseling. This course presents the basic theories, history, issues, and procedures followed in marriage and family counseling. In addition, this course focuses on giving the student experience in completing relevant documentation and appraisal instruments pertinent to marriage and family counseling. The ethical, legal, and related professional issues as well as implications of socio-cultural and lifestyle diversity relevant to the field will be covered. Major approaches will be demonstrated and discussed.
MH 890 ADMINISTRATION IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAMS: 2 HRS.
(Permission required) This course will provide students with an understanding of various principles of mental health/human services administration and management, and supervision models. Students will explore their own management and supervisory styles as well as principles of effective leadership. Students will gain knowledge in understanding the necessary components for planning and evaluating in human service programming, customer satisfaction, organizational culture, funding resources, and regulations and laws. The impact of funding sources, e.g. Medicaid, Medicare, and JCAHO and accrediting agencies will also be examined.
MH 898 PRACTICUM IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisites, SC805, SC810, SC825 and at least one of the following: SC820, SC710, MH830, RE832, or MH700, and permission is required.) This supervised practicum will assist students to improve their counseling skills through counseling sessions with clients. The course provides opportunities for students to obtain supervised practice in the area of group counseling, as well as experience in preparing case notes, consulting with other professionals, and critiquing audio and video tapes of counseling sessions. Students receive one hour of individual and one and one-half hours of group supervision each week. Liability insurance coverage is required.
MH 899 MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING INTERNSHIP: 1-6 HRS.
(MH898) This course supports interns who are engaged in field experiences at a site or sites that offer opportunities for working with mental health clients. Over the course of their program, interns complete 900 clock hours of experience for 9 hours of academic credit. The intern will engage in individual and group counseling, and may engage in family counseling, substance abuse counseling and work with a variety of populations in various settings. In addition, interns will perform a variety of other activities that a regularly employed staff member in the setting would be expected to perform. The internship is a cognitive and skill-building opportunity that must extend the intern beyond her/his current skill and knowledge base. Each intern will learn experientially through their own site work, as well as from the insights, information, and evaluation of other sites from class peers.
PY 520 STATISTICS I (Thesis Option Requirement Only): 3 HRS.
This course introduces students to both descriptive and inferential statistics including mean, standard deviation, variance, sum of squares, correlation, linear regression, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, t test, and analysis of variance.
RE 670 ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE IN COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
This course will introduce the student to the different theories of addiction: (1) biological, (2) psychodynamic, (3) social learning, (4) systems, (5) sociocultural, and (6) spiritual, and their implications for counseling. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cultural variables that influence alcohol and substance use across the various microcultures. The phenomena of dual diagnosis (alcohol and substance abuse coexist with another disabling condition) will be explored. Culturally relevant counseling and rehabilitation strategies will be explored.
RE 832 PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY: 3 HRS.
This course focuses on understanding the psychosocial process involved in adjusting to disability. The major characteristics of disability that impact adjustment will be explored as well as stage theories typically cited when referencing the adjustment to disability. Social, environmental, and political factors that impact how persons with disabilities are viewed in society will be discussed. A developmental approach will be taken as life stages will be explored. The impact that disability has on personality development, sexual functioning, families, and social functioning will also be covered.