Art Therapy & Counseling Program Course Descriptions

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AT 510:  Research Methods I (2)
This course introduces the student to basic tenets of planning, conducting, and evaluating research.  Aspects of research which are specific and unique to art therapy are introduced and discussed.

AT 511:  Research Methods II (2)
This course assists students in planning and conducting art therapy research.  Basic designs and components of research methods are explored, to assist the student in developing the literature review.

AT 516:  Clinical Case Conference I (.5)
First year, first semester students attend the 616 Clinical Case Conference II, in which second year students present case material.  The goal for the first year student is to become acquainted with organization and presentation of clinical material.

AT 520:  Group Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
This course includes the study of group psychotherapy theoretical approaches, technique, and practices.  Students experience the dynamic process of group psychotherapy through role-play.  Cultural and ethical issues are explored.  Students also complete fieldwork observations of group art therapy in a variety of mental health settings.

Face drawingAT 521:  Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
This course explores various theoretical approaches to individual psychotherapy and their relation to art psychotherapy approaches.  The therapist’s values and ethics are addressed.  The goal of the course is to provide the student with an opportunity to continue the development of an approach to individual psychotherapy.

AT 524:  Processes & Materials of Art Psychotherapy I (2)
This course is designed so that the student will directly experience the therapeutic usefulness and understand the psychological implications of a variety of materials and processes.  Students become familiar with the language of art and the range of possible therapeutic responses.

AT 528:  Theories of Human Psychological Development (3)
Following a family life cycle perspective, students explore human psychological development from birth to death.  Students are exposed to various theories of personality development with emphasis on psychodynamic, psychosocial, and family systems theories.  Cultural and environmental influences are addressed.

AT 529:  Case Presentation Skills (1.5)
Students develop presentation skills and learn to effectively communicate clinical case material.  This course is designed to prepare the student for the case conference course in the second year.

AT 530:  Psychopathology (3)
Students learn descriptive criteria for psychiatric diagnoses, the use of the DSM multiaxial system, and theories of psychopathology.  A goal of the course is for students to develop an ability to recognize behavioral and art indicators of functional and organic disorders.

AT 534:  Introduction to the History & Theory of Art Therapy (1)
This course offers an overview of the history and growth of art therapy as a discipline, along with an overview of theoretical approaches that have evolved from the founding practitioners in the field.  Students develop a specific definition of art therapy that conveys a personal approach, as well as a clear understanding of the role of art therapists in various work settings.   Current developments and future directions within the field are also explored.

AT 535/635:  Art Therapy in the Schools (1)
This elective course introduces principles underlying comprehensive school art therapy service delivery.  Topics explored include special and alternative education settings, program development, and research supporting art therapy in schools.

AT 638:  Independent Study – Countertransference/Jung (1)
AT 639:  Independent Study – Exploration of the Psyche (1)

This elective course will give students the opportunity to individually explore a special topic area with an instructor in an area of mutual interest to the student and instructor.  It will require a written report and oral presentation covering methods, results, and conclusions of their project.  Permission of program director is required.

AT 561/660/661:  Child Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills (2)
AT 563/662/663:  Adolescent Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills (2)
AT 565/664/665:  Adult Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills (2)

Students meet in a small supervision group, with a registered art therapist, to discuss clinical topics related to the treatment of children/adolescents/adults and couples and their families in various settings.  Students use case examples from their practicum sites to explore art expression, assessments, treatment planning, treatment approaches, relationship dynamics, and treatment team interactions.‌

AT 567/569/571: Group Supervision &Psychotherapy w/Children (1.5)
AT 670/672/674: Group Supervision & Psychotherapy w/Adolescents (1.5)
AT 667/669/673: Group Supervision & Psychotherapy w/Adults (1.5)
Students attend a small supervision group led by a registered art therapist who facilitates and evaluates supervisee professional development and oversees the quality of services performed by the supervisee during their internship. Supervisees discuss clinical cases and professional issues with the goal of developing a theoretical orientation and advancing assessment, case formulation, diagnosis, intervention, and treatment planning skills. Supervisees develop ethical and culturally responsive practice, self-awareness, and confidence in their delivery of services. Students engage in discussion and art making to promote reflective practice, explore relationship dynamics, and promote self-care.

 

AT 547:  Individual Supervision I (1)
AT 646:  Individual Supervision II (1)
AT 647:  Individual Supervision III (1)

Students attend a small supervision group led by a registered art therapist who facilitates and evaluates supervisee professional development and oversees the quality of services performed by the supervisee during their internship .  Supervisees discuss clinical cases and professional issues with the goal of developing a theoretical orientation and advancing assessment, case formulation, diagnosis, intervention, and treatment planning skills.  Supervisees develop ethical culturally responsive practice, self-awareness, and confidence in their delivery of services.  Students engage in discussion and art making to promote reflective practice, explore relationship dynamics, and promote self-care.

AT 548: Assessment (3)
Students explore the fundamentals of psychological testing and art therapy assessment and become familiar with a variety of specific instruments and procedures used in appraisal and evaluation.  Students learn to administer and document Art Therapy Projective Imagery Assessments and to formulate treatment goals and objectives.

AT 549: Processes & Materials of Art Psychotherapy II (2)
This course is a continuation of 524 Processes and Materials of Art Psychotherapy I.

AT 551:  Practicum I (.5)
AT 650:  Practicum II (.5)
AT 651:  Practicum III (.5)

Three days per week (17 hours) are spent at the site for two weeks to enable the student to prepare for the internship through observation and practice.

AT 555: Internship I (2.5)
AT 656: Internship II (2.5)
AT 657: Internship III (2.5)
Three days per week (20.5 hours) are spent at the site, for 13 weeks. Students provide Art Therapy-Projective Imagery Assessments, individual, group and/or family art therapy for 10.25 hours per week. The other hours on site are for students to attend team meetings, inservice conferences, and all related milieu activities, and to complete documentation. Students rotate through one site per semester in order to obtain experience with children, adolescents, and adults. When possible, sites are selected specifically for the master’s thesis focus. A minimum of one placement in a mental health facility is required. Students within the specialty tracks of art therapy in the schools, medical art therapy, or family art therapy are afforded that placement focus.

AT 601: Thesis Research (3)
In this course the student develops the thesis proposal.

AT 602:  Thesis Research (3)
The student finalizes and implements the thesis proposal.

AT 603:  Thesis Research (3)
The student completes, defends, and submits the thesis.

AT 615:  Family Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
Students develop a thorough understanding of current family systems theory, the family life cycle, evaluation, and practice.  Students improve their objectivity as family psychotherapists as they develop insights about their own families of origin.  This course prepares the students to administer verbal and projective imagery family evaluations and to conceptualize family dynamics from various theoretical perspectives.

Yellow Green Paper CollageAT 616:  Clinical Case Conference II (2)
Students demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate clinical material and integrate theory and practice through structured case presentations.

AT 617:  Ethics & Professionalism (3)
This course addresses professional identity, professional ethics, and the ethical practice of art psychotherapy.  Students prepare to enter the job market and review the requirements for professional credentialing.

AT 623:  Symbolism (2)
This course reviews various theories regarding the types, formation and roles of symbolism and its relation to psychopathology and mental health.  Students explore the function and interpretation of symbols in dreams and artwork and examine the role of symbolism in assessment and therapy.  Students develop a deeper understanding of symbolic language in order to enhance their understanding of inner experiences.

AT 636: Cultural Competency (3)
This course addresses the competencies essential for a culturally responsive therapist.  Through self-assessment and exploration of culture, students will gain the awareness, skill, and respect necessary to think critically, to establish rapport, and to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.

AT 652:  Medical Art Therapy (1)
This elective course provides an introduction to the use of art therapy in a medical setting.  Topics explored include developmental perceptions of illness, death and dying, hospitalization, and body image throughout the life span as well as research supporting art therapy as a treatment modality for persons with physical illnesses.