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Arts Therapy

Subject Overview

Art is a form of psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups in which the participants engage in artistic processes within a therapeutic relationship. It is a valuable therapeutic approach to a wide range of psychological, social and physical conditions. This subject examines the diversity of art therapy models and methods.


Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the history, philosophy and practice of art and music therapy in health care
  • Review the application of art and music therapy situations
  • Design a therapeutic experience

Content and Structure

Music therapy:

  • Context, history, methods and research base
  • Physiological, psychological, social and spiritual roles of music
  • Medical and psychotherapeutic models
  • Improvisation
  • Controversies

Art therapy:

  • Visual and performing arts
  • Theoretical frameworks and historical development
  • Group processes
  • Therapeutic approaches and their application with different client populations
  • Therapy and spirituality

Art and music therapy in practice:

  • Contemplation
  • Drawing
  • Meditation
  • Indigenous art

Subject Structure

This subject runs for five weeks, with the following structure:

Week 1: Pre-reading of prescribed texts
Week 2:  Digital Intensive Classroom (5 days x 8 hrs/day)
Weeks 3 – 5: Submission of assessments online

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