551 Foundations of Art Therapy

This course will introduce the theory, history, principles, and practices of art therapy.  The interface between art and various theories of psychotherapy will be explored, including application of art therapy techniques and ethical practices for selected client populations. We will explore the use of various art media within a therapeutic context and as a developmental component of professional identity.  The course will include concepts of creativity, symbol, and metaphor.  Through reading, writing, exam, and lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, and individual presentations students will apply theory into art therapy practice experiences. 10/20