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Approaches to Art Therapy (PSY-420)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

March 2022 - Present.

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Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: explore symbolism and art therapy; explain the relational aesthetics of artwork; discuss the use of sublimation and art therapy; examine the history of Jungian art therapy; identify the integrative multi-modal therapy within the confines of expressive arts therapy; investigate the factors in Focused-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT); identify how cognitive behavior therapy CBT) principles and art therapy intersect; investigate the principle of Art Therapy Relational Neuroscience; explore the development of family art therapy; examine the various perspectives that create developmental art therapy; and explore multi-sensory activities by using all creative modalities.


Approaches to Art Therapy (PSY-420) introduces students to the approaches to art therapy. Students will study the varied theoretical approaches and the translation of theories to techniques. Students will also learn about a variety of topics including contemplative approaches, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), neuroscience, and mentalization while also retaining important and timeless contributions from the pioneers of art therapy. Student will examine clinical case examples and illustration of patient artwork that demonstrates the techniques in practice.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology, or Counseling (2/22).