Arts Therapy

Subject code HSW715
Lecturer Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis
Delivery mode Online, live
On campus, live
Duration 10 weeks
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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.

Through focusing on unconscious processes and how they can be utilised in combination with evidence-based practices, participants are exposed to experiences that stimulate emotion and provide opportunity for reflection.

The contemplative component of the program focuses on mindfulness, equanimity and compassion. Accessing the individual’s inner wisdom and creative intelligence are also core goals of this course.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the history, philosophy and practice of art therapies in health care.
  2. Evaluate the application of arts therapy in the context of health care.
  3. Design a therapeutic experience.
  4. Understand the role of mindfulness and equanimity within arts therapy.
  5. Understand the relationship between arts therapy and wisdom and compassion.



  • Assessment 1: Case study presentation (20%, due week 3)
  • Assessment 2: Reflective journal based on a community study (30%, due week 3)
  • Assessment 3: Essay on a practical application of art therapy (50%, due week 10)


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