Full-Time Course Sequence
Semester 1 - Fall
AT 502 - Basic Counseling & Art Psychotherapy Skills (3)
AT 521 - Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
AT 524 - Processes & Materials of Art Psychotherapy I (3)
AT 528 - Theories of Human Psychological Development (3)
AT 530 - Psychopathology (3)
AT 534 - Introduction of the History & Theory of Art Therapy (1)
AT 548 - Assessment (3)
Semester 2 - Spring
AT 505 - Advanced Counseling & Art Psychotherapy Skills I (1)
AT 513-3-Research Methods & Program Evaluation (3)
AT 520 - Group Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
AT 549 - Processes & Materials of Art Psychotherapy II (3)
AT 655 - Trauma Informed Art Psychothrapy & Counseling (1)
Semester 3 - Summer
AT 529 - Case Presentation Skills (1)
AT 547 - Individual Supervision I (1)
AT 576 - Practicum & Internship I (3)
AT 567 - Group Supervision Counseling & Psychotherapy with Children (1.5) or
AT 670 - Group Supervision Counseling & Psychotherapy with Adolescents (1.5) or
AT 667 - Group Supervision Counseling & Psychotherapy with Adults (1.5)
Semester 4 - Fall
AT 605 - Advanced Counseling & Art Psychotherapy Skills II (1)
AT 607 - Capstone (1)***
AT 616 - Clinical Case Conference II (1.5)
AT 659 - Cultural Humility (3)
AT 646 - Individual Supervision II (1)
AT 677 - Practicum & Internship II (3)
AT 569 - Group Supervision Counseling & Psychotherapy with Children (1.5) or
AT 672 - Group Supervision Counseling & Psychotherapy with Adolescents (1.5) or
AT 669 - Group Supervision Counseling & Psychotherapy with Adults (1.5)
Semester 5 - Spring
AT 607 - Capstone (1)**
AT 617 - Ethics & Professionalism (3)
AT 647 - Individual Supervision III (1)
AT 649 - Creativity, Symbolism & Metaphor (3)
AT 678 - Practicum & Internship III (3)
AT 571 - Group Supervision Counseling & Psychotherapy with Children (1.5) or
AT 674 - Group Supervision Counseling & Psychotherapy with Adolescents (1.5) or
AT 673 - Group Supervision Counseling & Psychotherapy with Adults (1.5)
AT 680 - Trauma & Neuroscience Informed Counseling & Art Psychotherapy (3)
Electives (Courses for Specializations):
AT 615 - Family Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)*
AT 632 - Addictions (3)*
AT 634 - Career Counseling (3)*
AT 638 - Countertransference/Jung (1)
AT 639 - Exploration of the Psyche (1)
Art Therapy in the Schools
AT 535/635 - Art Therapy in the Schools (1)
Medical Art Therapy
AT 562/652 - Medical Art Therapy (1)
AT 533/633 - Clinical Specialties (varies)
AT 658 - Research Methods (1)
AT 701/702 - Applied Cultural Sensitivity in Art Psychotherapy & Counseling (4)
*Optional coursework for graduation; required for licensure
**Degree requires (1) credit Capstone; may be completed in the Fall or Spring of 2nd year
AT 502: Basic Counseling & Art Psychotherapy Skills (3)
This course includes GATCP Orientation workshops and events which engage the student in preparatory work, readings and experiential exercises in becoming a counselor and art therapist.
AT 505: Advanced Counseling & Art Psychotherapy Skills I (1)
This course combines academic discussion and in-class practical applications of advanced counseling and art psychotherapy skills. Students will demonstrate knowledge in micro-skills: self-disclosure, challenge and confrontation, accurate empathy, and immediacy, client selection, crisis intervention, case management, case formulation, and theoretical orientation. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate theory with advanced counseling and psychotherapy skills via weekly in-class practical applications and three reflective papers.
AT 513-3: Research Methods & Program Evaluation (3)
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. Basic designs and components of research methods are explored.
AT 520: Group Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
This course includes the study of group counseling and psychotherapy techniques and practice. Emphasis is on use of group dynamics, process illumination, and stages of group development. Cultural and ethical issues are explored.
AT521: 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 (3)
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. Students learn the theory and application of the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC).
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. Cultural and environmental influences are addressed.
AT 529: Case Presentation Skills (1)
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 V, 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 533/633: Clinical Specialties (varied)
Clinical Specialties are clinical and professional development topics that you attend outside of your regularly scheduled coursework. Clinical Specialties are credits earned for attending additional education offerings, clinical case presentations, psychiatry department grand rounds, educational seminars, workshops, symposiums, trainings, and other educational experiences offered by the GATCP, EVMS, professional trainings, seminars, or other professionally documented trainings. The course is designed to encourage participation in ongoing education beyond the required curriculum of the GATCP. The clinical specialties course intends to offer and award credit for student initiative in expanding his/her knowledge to become a well-rounded art therapist.
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. Permission of program director is required.
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 based upon assessment findings.
AT 547: Individual Supervision I (1)
AT 646: Individual Supervision II (1)
AT 647: Individual Supervision III (1)
The student receives one hour of individual supervision per week from a registered art therapist. Supervision provides opportunities for integration of didactic information with clinical experience. Through supervision, students explore verbal, behavioral, and artistic communication along with assessment and treatment dynamics.
AT 549: Processes & Materials of Art Psychotherapy II (3)
This course is a continuation of 524 Processes and Materials of Art Psychotherapy I.
AT567/670/667: Group Supervision: Child Internship (1.5)
AT569/672/669: Group Supervision: Adolescent Internship (1.5)
AT571/674/673: Group Supervision: Adult Internship (1.5)
Students meet in a supervision group (no more than 1:8 for 1.5 hours), 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 internship sites to explore art expression, assessments, treatment planning, treatment approaches, relationship dynamics, and treatment team interactions.
AT 576: Practicum & Internship II (3) AT 677: Practicum & Internship III (3)
AT 678: Practicum & Internship III (3)
Students attend practicum experience 32 hours per semester to engage and learn about different treatment settings. Students rotate through one site per semester in order to obtain experience with children, adolescents, and adults for the first 2 weeks of each clinical semester. Students attend internship 18 hours per week for 14 weeks. Students provide Art Therapy Projective Imagery Assessments, individual, group and/or family art therapy for an average minimum of 9 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. A minimum of one placement in a mental health (psychiatric) facility is required.
AT 605: Advanced Counseling & Art Psychotherapy Skills II (1)
This course combines academic discussion and in-class practical applications of advanced counseling and art psychotherapy skills. Students will demonstrate knowledge in assessment, treatment planning, case formulation, theoretical orientation, and advanced application of counseling and art psychotherapy skills through integration with application of the Expressive Therapies Continuum. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate theory with advanced counseling and psychotherapy skills via weekly in-class practical applications and three reflective papers.
AT 607: Capstone Project (1-2) (*repeated for 2 semesters or until completion)
In this course the student develops the Capstone proposal. The student finalizes and implements the Capstone proposal. The student completes, defends, and submits the Capstone Project.
AT 615: Family Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
In this elective course, 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. Permission of program director is required.
AT 616: Clinical Case Conference II (1)
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 632: Additions (3)
This three-credit elective course provides an overview of the field of Addiction Studies. Topics that will be covered include drugs and society, substance and process addictions, evidence-based best practices for the substance abuse counselor, assessment, the recovery process, addiction and the family, and prevention strategies. This course covers diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders and includes an overview of the philosophies and evidenced-based best practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addictions and other substance abuse related problems. Students also gain awareness of the impact of drug abuse on society and an appreciation of the cultural context within which addiction and recovery occurs.
AT 634: Career Counseling (3)
This elective course includes the study of theory and process of career counseling. Students will acquire skills to incorporate career development theory into the practice of counseling. Students will be introduced to career assessment tools and occupational methods.
AT 638: Countertransference/Jung (1)
This elective course facilitates through reading and discussion the exploration of the impact of transference and countertransference in work with patients. The impact on the therapist is explored with depth and implications for informing work with patients is explored. Permission of program director is required.
AT 639: Exploration of the Psyche (1)
This elective course aims to enliven the students’ understanding of the psyche and its processes, and to increase their understanding of the psychic processes both in the therapeutic process and in their own lives. Permission of program director is required.
AT 649: Creativity, Symbolism & Metaphor (3)
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 art therapy. Students develop a deeper understanding of symbolic language in order to enhance their understanding of inner experiences. Students develop an understanding of the nature of creativity, creativity research, and the impact of mental illness upon the creative process.
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 medical illnesses. Permission of program director is required.
AT 659: Cultural Humility (3)
This course supports the development of culturally humble art therapists and counselors through multicultural orientation with regard to intersecting identities including age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status, developmental ability, physical ability, education, family values, and religious and spiritual values. Through review of the current literature, application to clinical practice, and self-assessment, students will explore culture and their own unintentional biases, develop strategies for working with diverse individuals, groups, and communities, foster critical thinking skills, and explore the role of the art therapist in culturally alert and responsive practices for art therapy, social justice, and advocacy.
AT 680: Trauma & Neuroscience Informed Counseling & Art Psychotherapy (3)
This course will review and engage students in the current literature of Trauma and Neuroscience Informed Counseling & Art Psychotherapy Practices and additional materials. The objective is for the student to build skills and understanding how to treat survivors of trauma, understand the etiology of behaviors, emotions, and functioning related to trauma, and develop age-appropriate treatment plans based in best art therapy practice. In addition, students will develop an understanding of brain based science and neuro informed practices in counseling and art psychotherapy.
AT 701/702: Applied Cultural Sensitivity in Art Psychotherapy & Counseling (4)
This elective course will engage students in cultural immersion to learn about cultural similarities and differences in art, the arts, and art psychotherapy, and varied aspects of the impacts of trauma (war trauma, trauma experiences of families, combat trauma, survivors of sex trafficking, and historical trauma). Students will engage in content and experientials that explore art expression, role of art, artists, therapists, and art therapists in society, art/crafts processes, preferences or prohibitions to various art processes or media, and conventional/cultural symbolism; cultural appropriation in art therapy; and cultural sensitivity to the use of art processes and materials in art therapy for trauma informed approaches integrated into art psychotherapy and counseling in various community settings.