Curriculum

Fall

Foundations of Art Therapy
AT 500

Techniques in Art Therapy
AT 504

Personality Structure
PY 532

Group Art Therapy
AT 507

Research Methods
PY 534

Internship
AT 580

Reflective Art In Counseling & Therapy
AT 520

Thesis Proposal
ATP 599

Spring

Fieldwork in Art Therapy
AT 502

AT with Children/Adol
AT 505

Psychopathology
PY 533

Multi-Cultural
AT 508

Art Therapy Assessment
AT 512

Psychological Assessment
PY 531

Internship
AT 580

Thesis Seminar
ATP 600

Art Therapy with Adults/Seniors
AT 513

Art Therapy in Substance Abuse
AT 510

Summer

Theories of Counseling
PY 530

Professional Practices
AT 503

Internship
AT 580

Career Counseling
PY 535

Art Therapy and the Family
AT 514

Foundation Sequence (9 credits)

AT 500 Foundations of Art Therapy

This is a survey course covering the origins of art therapy and its growth as a profession. This course also examines the theories and applications of art therapy in a variety of settings through lecture, reflection, presentations, and discussion. Students will learn how art therapy services are used in various treatment settings by gaining knowledge of the allied health professions (psychosocial rehabilitation disciplines, mental health professions, and other creative arts therapies) with whom art therapists work. 3 credits

AT 502 Fieldwork in Art Therapy

Students will be placed in “the field” in a therapeutic setting under the supervision of a Registered Art Therapist or other licensed professional. Students begin to get an overview of the duties and roles of the art therapist through direct observation, and begin to learn the skills of interacting with clients directly as well as utilizing clinical supervision on site. In addition to a minimum of 100 hours spent on site, students are required to attend and participate in a once weekly on-campus seminar. A minimum of 50 of the total placement hours needs to be in direct clinical contact with individuals, groups, or families; a minimum of 10 supervision hours are also required. Prerequisites for this course are AT 500 and AT 504. 2 credits

AT 503 Professional Practices: Ethical Standards and Legal Issues

A didactic and experiential course in the use of art in therapeutic settings. Students will engage in an exploration of art media and specific art therapy processes relating to a variety of populations, assessment, as well as the development of treatment goals and objectives. Students will gain experience in facilitating artistic expression, exploring the form and content of art, while developing skills in the understanding of artwork within various dimensions of personality, psychopathology, and treatment. 3 credits

AT 505 Art Therapy with Children

This course will focus on the theories of cognitive, psychosocial development, and artistic expression in children (ages 2–12). Students will gain an understanding of the role of art materials and effective therapeutic techniques for children; an understanding of the diverse theoretical approaches (e.g., developmental, cognitive, behavioral, psychoanalytic) used for these age groups; and learn to synthesize and apply specific art therapeutic approaches and strategies to age-related problems (e.g., bereavement, abuse, medical disorders, learning disabilities, school adjustment, peer group interactions). 3 credits

AT 507 Theory & Practice of Group Art Therapy

This course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for the integration of sound group therapy practices with a variety of art therapy structural components. Students will utilize both didactic and experiential learning models and be asked to develop skills in recognizing and responding ethically to transference and counter-transference issues that are unique to group therapy process. Emphasis will be on the many aspects of group therapy, including group composition, group process, identifying stages of the group, types of populations, group endings; and their unique applications in the field of art therapy. The class is a group with dynamics of its own, and each student will be asked to learn by participating in and at the same time observing the unfolding of group dynamics within this class setting. 3 credits

AT 508 Art Therapy in a Multicultural World

This course provides an exploration of the socio-cultural influences on the creative expressions of major cultural groups in the United States and the student’s personal identity as it impacts the therapeutic relationship. Emphasis will be on understanding the mediating role of diversity in the development of the counseling relationship, modes of artistic expression, and the development of multicultural competencies. The instructor will coordinate readings, experiential exercises, and guest lectures to illuminate the importance of multicultural awareness and competency in the practice of art therapy. 3 credits

AT 503 Professional Practices: Ethical Standards and Legal Issues

A seminar designed to promote the development of a professional identity for the art therapist and mental health counselor. Lectures, readings and discussion will focus on the history and recent developments in ethical and legal responsibility, confidentiality, malpractice, human rights, mental health law, professional organizations, and credentialing and licensing. It is preferable that this course be completed in the first year of the program. 3 credits

AT 510 Art Therapy in Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency Treatment (elective)

This course examines the special issues and problems for art therapists and counselors in providing services to clients with alcohol/drug abuse diagnoses and behavioral addictions. Emphasis will be placed on treatment approaches and practices appropriate for psychiatric hospitalization, inpatient rehabilitation programs, day treatment, and outpatient services. 3 credits

AT 512 Art Therapy Assessment

This course surveys important art therapy assessment tools. Using lecture, discussion and interactive participation, students gain exposure to and will be able to administer at least 3 standard art therapy assessment tools. Students will also be able to synthesize collected material from evaluations into a cohesive and concise written summary 1 credits

AT 513 Art Therapy with Adults/Seniors (elective)

A survey of the developmental and theoretical issues involved in providing counseling and art therapy services to diverse clients across the span of adulthood. Through didactic and experiential means the physical and psychosocial effects of aging will be explored along with a review of various treatment techniques and intervention strategies. 3 credits

AT 514 Art Therapy and the Family (elective)

Art Therapy and the Family is an elective course designed to provide an overview of the field of family therapy and its various systemic perspectives. It incorporates the hands-on training necessary for gaining the basic professional skills of an art therapist working with diverse family forms. Students will examine their assumptions about what a “family” is, and how it develops within a social/cultural context. Didactic, group, and experiential formats emphasize the importance of the self of the therapist in the family system explored through self-reflection and collaboration. Ethical considerations and multicultural issues will be integrated into the content and process of the course 3 credits

AT 520 Art in Counseling and Therapy

An experiential course in which students work independently in the studio, under the guidance of a faculty member, on their own art productions and art processes. Students are required to demonstrate experimentation with and develop knowledge of a variety of art media. Through this personal exploration of media and technique, students will demonstrate an increased awareness of the psychological, cognitive, and emotional responses to their own creative process. Students will develop increased empathy for the client experience and an improved understanding of the role of the counselor/therapist. 3 credits

AT 550 Special Topics

This elective 1 credit seminar is structured with a focus on intensive immersion into the art-making process over a weekend, with exploration into a variety of topics relevant to the field of art therapy. Course topics vary each semester and include didactic and experiential learning. 1 credits

AT 580 Internship Seminar

The internship placement will provide students with the hands-on training necessary to gain the basic professional skills of an art therapist. Seven credits of internship, 625 hours of placement time, are required, and can be completed over three to four semesters. A minimum of 312.5 of the total placement hours needs to be in direct clinical contact using art therapy with individuals, groups, or families. Internship placements will be offered in a variety of settings. A minimum of 63 of the total placement hours needs to be supervision hours. In addition to the supervised hours spent at the placement site, students will meet weekly with an on-campus supervision group to review and process the internship experience. Departmental permission is also required. 7 credits

PH 565 The Origin of Art (elective)

What is art? What are some of its origins and aims? Is art to be understood in terms of the artist, or that which is portrayed, or in terms of some “inspiration?” Does art, or should art, have a social significance? Are we to equate art and beauty? Are the good, the true, and the beautiful synonymous? What is the relation of art and truth? What makes a work of art? How are we to understand and interpret works of art? What sort of a judgment is an aesthetic judgment? Are aesthetic judgments subjective? Can they be justified? In this course, we will reflect upon the ontological and epistemological status of works of art and the nature of artistic judgment in order to gain insight into the unique character of artistic creation, art works, and aesthetic consciousness. 3 credits

PY 530 Theories of Counseling

A survey of major theories of counseling, including the principal psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches, that constitute the foundation of all mental health professions. In addition to covering traditional schools of thought, emphasis will be placed on contemporary developments in the area of brief or time-limited treatment and the special difficulties inherent in this change in standard clinical practice. 3 credits

PY 531 Psychological Assessment

This course will familiarize students with the general theory of testing and with various methods of personality and cognitive assessment. Commonly used clinical measures, clinical interviews, standardized tests, and projective drawing tests receive the most attention. Basic scoring and interpretation of selected tests will be covered. In addition, an overview of psychological assessment practice in other areas will be provided. The course will also cover ethical standards governing the development and use of tests and measures. The course will contribute to the development of clinical skills and critical acumen, enabling students to evaluate clients, tests, and test reports effectively 3 credits

PY 532 Personality Structure and Dynamics

Exploration of major theories of personality, with emphasis on the psychodynamic approaches most influential among mental health professionals generally and art therapists in particular. The classical psychoanalytic drive/conflict model, the ego analytic defense/adaptation model, relational approaches (e.g., interpersonal and object relations schools), Jungian, humanistic/existential, and cognitive/behavioral approaches will be considered. Students are required to read primary sources and evaluate the influence of those theories on clinical thinking. In addition, there will be a brief review of each theorist’s biography in its historical context and how the prevailing intellectual climate of that era shaped the formulation of each theory. 3 credits

PY 533 Psychopathology

An overview of abnormal psychology, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, neuropsychiatric, and socio-cultural perspectives as well as descriptive psychopathology. The course also entails a thorough grounding in the official psychiatric diagnostic classification system (currently DSM-IV) that is used by all hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities as per requirements of third-party payers and treatment review boards. 3 credits

PY 534 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis

This course includes an examination and explanation of basic research strategies and statistical procedures. Students are required to read and interpret current research in art therapy, plan an empirical study, analyze and explain data, and write in APA style. Ethical standards for research as stated by the American Psychological Association will also be reviewed. 3 credits

PY 535 Career Counseling

Through an examination of career development theories and decision-making models, the student will gain an under-standing of career development planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation. The interrelationships among work and other life roles will also be explored 3 credits

ATP 599 Thesis Proposal Seminar

Each student works to formulate a research idea and develop a thesis proposal by the end of the semester 2 credits

ATP 600 Thesis

Completion of AT/PY 599 is required before registration for this course. During this course the student will work with thesis advisors, the M.A.A.T.C. Director, and the Psychology Chairperson while completing an approved thesis proposal, collecting and analyzing data, and completing the final thesis. The thesis must be completed within two years of the date of the thesis proposal approval. 3 credits

ATP 600–2 Thesis Continuation

For students who have previously registered for AT/PY600, but who have not yet completed their thesis. Once students begin their thesis, they must register for Thesis Continuation each semester until the thesis has been completed.