Arts Therapy

Subject code HSW915
Lecturer Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis
Delivery mode Online, live
On campus, live
Duration 10 weeks
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Subject Overview

This subject offers students far-reaching opportunities to learn and experience a range of verbal and non-verbal arts therapy approaches, such as painting, working with photo cards and psychodrama as well as therapeutic interventions used in different educational and clinical health care settings. The subject is highly experiential, academically rigorous and practice-orientated.

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 subject focuses on mindfulness, equanimity and compassion. Accessing the individual’s inner wisdom and creative intelligence are also core goals of this subject.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically discuss the history, philosophy and practice of arts therapy 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 in class during intensive workshop (20%, due week 3)
  • Assessment 2: Reflective journal based on arts therapy study (30%, due week 3)
  • Assessment 3: Essay on a practical application of art therapy (50%, due week 10)


Offering a high degree of flexibility, our courses can be studied online or on campus, full or part-time. Our courses are designed for health and wellness professionals, counsellors, educators, and other leaders who are balancing a work schedule and already have an undergraduate degree. Enrol now or at a time that suits you.