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Art Therapy Program
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 therapy 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.
(Prerequisites, CE810 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.
(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.
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.
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.
This course will examine codes of ethics, professional behavior, ethical issues, and legal and liability concerns facing practitioners working in art therapy and mental health counseling. This course introduces codes of ethics, legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical supervision, practice and research, the development of a professional attitude and identity by examining the role of professional socialization, the development of cultural competence, professional organizations, licensure, and certification. The course places particular emphasis on issues of confidentiality, child abuse, elder abuse, and ethical dilemmas associated with dual-role relationships, as well as the use of creative arts within art therapy or the counseling setting. Other topics include issues associated with psychotherapy, multiculturalism, research, advertising, and challenges related to specific work settings. Participants will examine professional credentialing specific to art therapy and mental health counseling. Art therapy and counseling techniques for addressing ethical issues and credentialing taught and demonstrated through experiential exercises along with written assignments and presentations.
Develop competencies in designing research proposal 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.
(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.
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.
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.
The student completes important research appropriate to the field of Art Therapy.