Art Therapy & Counseling Program Course Descriptions
AT 513: Research Methods and Program Evaluation (3) This course provides students with the opportunity to understand the purposes, methods, and the ethical, legal, and cultural considerations of research. Students will demonstrate the necessary skills to design and prepare to conduct a research study and/or program evaluation. Students will learn how to use research, research skills, and findings to assess effectiveness of mental health, art therapy, and counseling services by becoming an informed consumer of art therapy research.
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.
AT 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 (4) 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 (.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 (1)
AT 563/662/663: Adolescent Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills (1)
AT 565/664/665: Adult Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills (1) 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 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 (4) This course is a continuation of 524 Processes and Materials of Art Psychotherapy I.
AT 551/650/651: Practicum I-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 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.
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 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 649: Creativity, Symbolism & Metaphor (3) This course reviews various theories and models of creativity, symbolism, metaphor and artistic language. The types, formation, and roles of symbolism and its relation to psychopathology and mental health, and the role of metaphor in therapy are explored. Students explore the function and interpretation of symbols in dreams, artwork, world religions, myths and fairy tales, and daily life 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 their own inner experiences and those of their clients.
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.