Arts Therapy


    Key Information

    Lecture dates 2019: 25 - 29 November 2019

    Lecture dates 2020: 23 - 27 November 2020

    Census date 2019: 25 November 2019

    Census date 2020: 23 November 2020 

    Lecturer: Robert Gray Duration: 5 weeks (incl. 5 days on-campus)
    Location: NTI Wollongong Campus, 231 Nolan St, Unanderra, NSW 2526, Australia
    Subject Code: Postgraduate: HSW915 / Undergraduate: HSW715 (Cross-institutional Study)

    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