Arts Therapy

    Key Information

    Lecture dates: 23 - 27 Nov 2020

    Census date: 23 Nov 2020

    Lecturer: TBC

    Duration: 5 weeks (including 5 days on-campus)

    Delivery: On-campus

    Subject Code: HSW916/HSW715

    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:  Five lecture days on campus (9am - 5pm)
    Weeks 3 - 5: Submission of assessments online