Course Title: Advanced Arts Therapy

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 012540

Course Title: Advanced Arts Therapy

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Ms Gerry Katz

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4650

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites: OTED2096; PERF2037; and either PERF2035 or PERF2036

Course Description

This Course is the culmination of the conceptual and experiential learning in the Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts Therapy. As such the focus of this course is an in-depth exploration of the knowledges and roles of the creative arts therapist, through a reiteration of core concepts and experiential learning of the creative arts as  Students will be given opportunities to envision, and experiment with practice situations, [as well as to consider ethical issues and professional responsibilities].

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

It is expected that you will be able to demonstrate:
(a) A conceptual understanding of the role of the creative arts therapist.
(b) The capacity to experience and discuss creative arts therapy, including giving critical feedback to your peers.
(c) An understanding of the social values and implications of creative arts therapy
(d) Capabilities with inter-modal arts therapy techniques and to speak about ways of being in that experience.

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of teaching / learning experiences will be used including lecture, group discussion, experiential exercises and workshops, and peer feedback/assessment.
Students will have opportunities to participate in small group discussions and to both observe and participate in interactive feedback sessions. As with all courses in this program, creative arts activities will be used to both enhance the learning experiences and to maintain a focus on the therapeutic use of the arts.

The course focuses on issues related to advanced knowledges in Creative Arts Therapy, and considers the following aspects of related learning: 

Critical Examination the therapeutic uses of the creative arts; 
Considering the language of creative arts therapy and its relationship to other disciplines; 
Exploring the idea of creative arts therapy as ‘rehearsal’ and its extrapolation into real-life situations and actions; 
Exploring personal and professional aspects of the role of the arts therapist.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed References; Journal Articles and texts of choice and as directed.
Current journal articles and recently published texts

Recommended References:
Betensky, Mala. (1993) What do you see? Phenomenology of Therapeutic Art
Expression. London. Jessica Kingsley
Hogan, Sussan. (1997) Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy. New York. Routledge.
Kaplan, Frances. (2001) Art, Science and Art Therapy. London. Jessica Kingsley Publisher
Levine, Stephen & Levine, Ellen. (1999) Foundations of expressive arts therapy: theoretical
and clinical perspectives. London. Jessica Kingsley.
Warren, Bernie (Ed). 1993. Using the Creative Arts in Therapy: a practical introduction.
Second Edition. London: Routledge

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for the course will take the form of a submitted portfolio, and will contain materials as follows:
a) Written Essay; (written work equivalent to 3000 words) 45% of total grade
b) Workshop presentation (oral & written) 35% of total grade
c) Self-assessment using the learning log 10% self grade
d) Learning participation and development 10% self grade

Due dates for the portfolio items to be negotiated with the course facilitator.