Art Therapy - Specialization in Counseling Courses

Art Therapy: Theory & Practice (SAT 500)

An introduction to the history, theory, and practice of art therapy and the interpretation of visual language. A combined lecture, discussion, and experiential course. Students become acquainted with art therapy practice through readings, discussion, exploration of their own image-making, and conscious reshaping of their responses to the image-making of others. This course is a prerequisite to all other graduate AT courses and must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or higher for continuation in the program. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Art Therapy with Children (SAT 525)

Study and practice of approaches in art therapy specific to the treatment of children. Art as therapy and therapy with children are examined. Through literature and experiential exercises, students explore the application of art therapy technique, methods of art-based assessment, and case study development to the psychological, social, and educational needs of children. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Prerequisites: SAT500 and SPY520. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Art Therapy with Groups (SAT 540)

Theoretical and experiential study of art therapy with groups. Includes the practical aspects of creating and maintaining art therapy groups. Students experience various approaches to group art therapy. Skills developed through readings and in-class experientials include: understanding group dynamics, determining group needs, and designing group art therapy processes that meet the needs of a variety of client groups in different treatment settings. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Prerequisites: SAT500 and SPY520. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Art Therapy with Families (SAT 545)

Family systems theory and art therapy techniques are integrated and explored. Students become adept at family art evaluation and learn to use art-based interventions with couples and families. Emphasis is on family treatment methods as well as the use of a family systems context when treating individuals and couples. Includes a brief practicum with a volunteer family. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Prerequisites: SAT500, SFT550, and SPY520. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Art Therapy Studio (SAT 555)

Studio exploration of personal creativity and self expression. Direct experience of the creative process with a focus on the relationship of art making to art therapy. An exploration of diverse materials and their applications to therapeutic contexts. Prerequisites: SAT500 and SPY520. Summer. Pass/Fail course. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Art Therapy with Adults (SAT 565)

Various mental and physical challenges that affect individuals from late adolescence into late adulthood are reviewed. Art therapy assessments and interventions to address those challenges are explored. Development of case studies is practiced, including administering and writing up assessments, streamlining progress notes, and devising and documenting treatment plans. Emphasis is on work with individual adults, primarily in clinical settings. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Prerequisites: SAT500, SPY500, and SPY520. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Issues in AT Practice (SAT 570)

An exploration of professional, ethical, diversity, and assessment issues that arise in art therapy practice. This course is designed to supplement required courses in professional ethics, multicultural counseling, and assessment. Students consider the implications of including art-making in assessment and treatment, in diverse therapeutic environments, with diverse clients. Issues are identified, discussed, and debated with reference to current professional codes of practice. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Prerequisites: SPY590 and SFT540. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Practicum/Internship 1 (SAT 600)

The first of two semesters of supervision seminars focusing on the integration of theory and practice. Taken while students complete 100 hours of practicum, followed by 250 hours of internship. While in practicum students participate in group review of their field observations, their interactions with agency staff and clients, their comprehension of the population served, and the services provided by the agency. During internship students assume direct responsibility for working with clients and review case material, reflecting on: assessment, art-based treatment planning, and on-going analysis of their own development as practitioners. Legal, ethical, diversity, assessment, and site-specific issues are addressed. Progress notes, charting, oral and written presentations of case material, and responsive art-making are included. Prerequisites: SAT525, SAT545, SAT555, SAT565, SAT570, SPY510, SPY525, and SPY915. Pass/Fail course. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Internship 2 (SAT 601)

The second of two semesters of supervision seminars focusing on the integration of theory and practice. Taken while students are engaging in a minimum of 350 hours of field experience. Students participate in group review of their case material reflecting on: assessment, art-based treatment planning, and ongoing analysis of their own development as practitioners. Legal, ethical, and site-specific issues are addressed. Progress notes, charting, and oral and written presentations of case material are included. Prerequisite: SAT600. Pass/Fail course. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Culminating Project Oral Present'n (SAT 930)

The culminating project demonstrates an integration of the student’s academic program of study with clinical experiences that occur during internship. Design of the project, the final product, and an oral presentation of the project are approved by the student’s culminating project committee. All projects include reference to relevant art therapy and counseling research and literature. Proposals for the culminating project are submitted and approved in the semester prior to enrollment in the course. Prerequisite: SAT600. May be taken concurrently with SAT601. Pass/Fail course. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Multicultural Therapy (SFT 540)

This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural theory and cultural issues involved in counseling. The course emphasizes both the cultural components and the social/political nature of several social groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, religion, and ability, among others. Topics of prejudice and discrimination as well as cultural differences among and within these groups are discussed. This course stretches students to become culturally competent therapists through increased self-awareness of one’s perceptions, preconceptions, expectations, and behaviors towards various social groups. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Couples and Family Systems (SFT 550)

Provides overview of history of MFT field, including introduction to systems theory and its application to therapy. Students are also introduced to the major theoretical schools within MFT including structural, strategic, experiential, intergenerational, and feminist-informed. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Psychopathology (SPY 500)

Reviews major categories of psychopathology from the perspective of the clinician. Includes study of psychiatric diagnosis and classification (DSM IV), etiology, epidemiology, assessment, and case management for a range of disorders. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Summer. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Lifespan Development (SPY 510)

A theoretical and empirical exploration of individual and family development. Physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes are examined from a variety of developmental frameworks. Emphasizes application of developmental concepts in professional settings. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Counseling: History and Practice (SPY 515)

Examines the development of marriage and family therapy and counseling professions, major contemporary theories of counseling and MFT and psychotherapy, the relationship of the theories studied to clinical practice, and the components of an adequate theory. Students articulate their own developing theoretical orientations. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Interpersonal Processes (SPY 520)

Theories and skills of psychotherapy. Students learn to conceptualize client issues, assess the usefulness of a variety of treatment modalities and approaches, and respond emphatically and effectively as psychotherapists. Role-playing and peer counseling are utilized to enhance students’ therapy skills and self understanding. This course is a prerequisite to continuation in the art therapy and marriage and family therapy programs, and to SFT552. This course must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or higher. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Assessment (SPY 525)

Teaches skills for individual and family assessment and evaluation, including interviewing and observational techniques; selection, administration, and interpretation of individual and group tests; and family assessment techniques. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Vocational and Career Counseling (SPY 565)

Prepares counselors to assist a variety of people in all stages of life development in their career planning and selection process. Career developmental theories and assessment tools. Examines career development from a systemic perspective and an understanding of contextual influences. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Professional, Legal, Ethical Issues (SPY 590)

Ethical and legal standards for art therapists (AATA), marriage and family therapists (AAMFT), and counselors (ACA). Students learn through readings, role-playing, and scenarios about ethical decision-making, legislation governing therapy practice, and professional identity issues. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Introduction to Research Methods (SPY 915)

Introduces students to fundamentals of research methodology. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are covered. Students learn how to critically evaluate and apply the implications of research to the practice of marriage and family and art therapy. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Summer. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

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