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Assistant Professors H. Bardot (Director), L. Garlock, T. Tripp (Teaching), D. Betts, E. Warson

Professorial Lecturers P. Howie, A. Di Maria, B. Sobol, D. Brancheau, L. Milofsky, T. Councill, R. Albert, G. Chilton, C. Knebel, E. Rothman, M.E. Ruff, R. Wilkinson, D. Sabados

Lecturer C. Cox

Master of Arts in the field of art therapy- Prerequisite: a bachelor's degree, with 18 credits in art, including painting, drawing, and figurative clay, and 12 credits in the behavioral and/or social sciences, including abnormal psychology and child psychology.

Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and successful completion of 61 credit hours of graduate course work, including ArTh 6205, 6206, 6210, 6211, 6221, 6231, 6232. 6233, 6234, 6235, 6241, 6242, 6251, 6261, 6265, 6281, 6291; Cnsl 6155, 6169; and electives.

Master of Arts in the field of art therapy practice- This 30-credit program is intended for those who hold a master's degree in an approved related field (such as counseling or social work) that included designated graduate course work. Requirements include ArTh 6205, 6221, 62346235, 6241, 6261, 6281; two courses selected with approval from ArTh 6210, 6211, 6271; and 3 credits of ArTh electives.

Note: The following courses are open to non-art therapy students with permission of the instructor or program director: ArTh 6206, 6231-6235, 6242, 6261.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
6205 History and Theory of Art Therapy (2) Bardot
  Art therapy history and theory, milestones and practitioners. The development of art therapy as a distinct therapeutic practice. Overview of psychotherapy theories relevant to art therapy. Open only to art therapy students. (Fall)
6206 Human Development and Art Therapy (3) Staff
  Psychological and artistic development across the life span. Theories of personality development; cultural and environmental influences. Human behavior, including developmental crises, disability, exceptional behavior, and addictive behavior. (Spring)
6210 Counseling/Art Therapy Process (3) Brancheau
  Theoretical and clinical dimensions of counseling and art therapy explored through study of current research concerning the diverse elements affecting the therapeutic process. The goals of each phase of treatment; development of the therapeutic alliance; assessment of client readiness; therapeutic techniques and interventions as practiced in short- and long-term treatment. (Fall)
6211 Counseling/Art Therapy Theory (3) Garlock
  Overview of major theories in counseling and psychotherapy in light of the creative process and other aspects of the clinical practice of art therapy. Client art and art-making, and the therapeutic encounter and treatment, as influenced by attachment, trauma, psychoneurobiology, and multicultural issues. Prerequisite: ArTh 6210. (Spring)
6221 Studio/Technique of Art Therapy (3) Milofsky
  Direct experience of the therapeutic utility and psychological influence of art processes and materials. Identifying the effect of art-making leading to assessment and intervention strategies. Open only to art therapy students. (Fall)
6231 Child Art Therapy (2) Sobol, Eastman
  Practical, theoretical, and ethical considerations involved in treating children in clinical and educational settings. Application of art therapy and counseling principles and practice for diverse child populations. Development of interventions for varied DSM-IV diagnoses. (Spring)
6232 Adolescent Art Therapy (2) Staff
  Practical, theoretical, and ethical considerations involved in treating adolescents in clinical and educational settings. Assessment and treatment issues integrating the use of art techniques specifically designed for this population. Application of art therapy and counseling principles and practice for diverse adolescent populations. Development of interventions for varied DSM-IV diagnoses. (Spring)
6233 Marital and Family Art Therapy/Counseling (3) Howie, Sobol
  Principles of work with couples and families, including an overview of systems theories and stages of family life cycle development. The use of art techniques for evaluation of family dynamics. Videotaped observation of family art evaluations in clinical settings. Intervention strategies address cultural issues and ethical considerations. (Fall)
6234 Group Process (3) Tripp, Brancheau
  Theoretical and experiential understanding of group art therapy and counseling methods and skills. Principles of group dynamics, therapeutic factors, member roles and behaviors, leadership styles and approaches, selection criteria, and short- and long-term group process. (Summer)
6235 Social and Cultural Diversity (3) Warson, Bardot

Consideration of stereotypes and biases that interfere with effective treatment of patients who are racially, ethnically, and otherwise diverse. The role of the art therapist in conflict resolution, advocacy, and social justice. Exploration of the therapist's heritage, expectations, and values. Racial identity development; skills for multicultural counseling. (Summer)
6241 Assessment Procedures (3) Betts
  Instruments and procedures used in assessment of psychological health and psychopathology as manifested in artwork and art-making. Statistical concepts, including reliability and validity; selection and administration of the assessment tool; effects of developmental level and cultural factors; documentation of the assessment; and formulation of treatment goals. (Spring)
6242 Psychopathology/Art and Diagnosis (3) Garlock, Sabados
  Criteria of psychiatric diagnoses, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual multiaxial system, theories of psychopathology, and relevant literature. Evaluation of potential indicators of functional and organic disorders in behavior and artwork of clients. Ethical issues; cultural and environmental influences on diagnostic categorization. Basic introduction to psychopharmacology. (Fall)
6251 Research Methods (3) Betts, Warson
  Planning, conducting, and evaluating relevant methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative approaches and basic statistics. The importance of research in the psychotherapy professions; ethical and legal considerations; and the use of research to assess effectiveness of mental health and art therapy services. (Fall)
6261 Ethics and Professionalism (3) Di Maria
  Professional identity and role of the art therapist; the ethical practice of art therapy, including familiarity with ethical standards of AATA and ATCB as well as ACA and related fields; credentialing and licensure; public policy and advocacy for patients and for the profession. (Spring)
6265 Advanced Issues in Psychotherapy and Art Therapy (1 to 3) Staff
  Overview and application of one or more treatment models or theories to various mental and emotional disorders. Connections between the practice of art therapy and the techniques of other disciplines.
6271 Art Psychotherapy and Trauma I: Theory and Approaches to Treatment (3) Tripp
  The etiology of trauma-related disorders, with conceptualization of symptoms as responses to overwhelming stress. The psychobiology of traumatic stress and how it affects the psyche. Neurophysiological research on trauma and the unique way traumatic memories are stored in the brain. Course fee. (Fall)
6272 Art Psychotherapy and Trauma II: Loss, Countertransference, and Resiliency (3) Tripp, Bardot
  The multimodal treatment of acute, serial, or complex trauma-related disorders, including psychodynamic, intensive short-term dynamic, cognitive behavioral, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, somatic, and narrative and art-based approaches. Clinical opportunities for supervised treatment or observation of treatment of clients with trauma histories. (Spring)
6281 Practicum in Art Therapy (1 or 2) Staff
  A total of 900 hours of clinical fieldwork in a professional setting. Supervised clinical experience with clients or patients in psychiatric, rehabilitation, and education settings with children, adolescents, and adults. On-site individual supervision by clinical instructors; on-campus group supervision by faculty. Open only to art therapy students.
6291 Culminating Project (1) Staff
6292 Special Projects in Art Therapy (arr.) Staff
  Individual work based on research. Empirical, clinical, and library research may be undertaken, as well as the development of new procedures. Details to be worked out with each student. May be repeated for credit with advisor's approval. Open only to art therapy students. (Fall and spring)
6295 Special Topics (1 to 3) Staff
  Connections between art therapy and other disciplines; new developments in the field. May be repeated for credit with approval of advisor.
6998-99 Thesis Research (3-3)

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