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  • Objectives
    The MA in Creative Arts Therapies, Drama Therapy Option, is an intensive two-year preparation for professional competence in the implementation of the dramatic arts in therapy. It is designed to educate and train drama therapists who will function as competent primary or adjunct professionals in their field with a strong sense of ethical and social responsibility. As mentioned above, the Drama Therapy Option was designed to meet the program requirements of the Education Committee of the National Association for Drama Therapy, and formal approval by the NADT was awarded in 2000.
  • Practical experience
    Practicum placements in drama therapy are central to student learning experience. Practicum experience entails observing and working with health care professionals, as well as direct contact with patients. Skill in the implementation of the principles and practices of drama therapy is developed on site in fieldwork/practicum placements that are extensively supervised by a variety of experienced practitioners. Practicum sites for drama therapy students include hospital and health care institutions, community centres, geriatric facilities, and schools. Ideas for research which emerge from this hands-on experience become the basis for case studies, research papers, and special projects.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts in Creative Art Therapies (Drama Therapy)
  • Course description
    The Drama Therapy Option is a 60-credit program that requires a minimum residence of two years (5 terms) of full-time study. In addition to the credit requirements, students fulfill their internship requirements (minimum 800 hours of clinical supervised practice) at an approved site, which include hospitals, schools, and community settings.  
     
    Core Courses:  
    # DTHY 600 Current Approaches to Drama Therapy (3 credits)
     
    # DTHY 603 Improvisation and Drama Therapy – Studio/Workshop (3 credits)
     
    # DTHY 604 Drama Therapy and Groups (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 610 Introduction to Topics in Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 611 Counselling Skills (3 credits)
     
    # DTHY 613 DT Practicum Supervision I (3 credits)
     
    # DTHY 614 DT Practicum Supervision II (3 credits)
     
    # DTHY 623 Advanced Practicum Supervision I (3 credits)
     
    # DTHY 624 Advanced Practicum Supervision II (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 639 Cross-Cultural Issues in the CATs (1 credit)
     
    # DTHY 643 Sociodrama and Psychodrama (3 credits)
     
    # DTHY 644 DT Methods, Processes & Assessment Models I (3 credits)
     
    # DTHY 645 DT Methods, Processes & Assessment Models II (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 691 Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (3 credits)
     
    # DTHY 693 Research in Drama Therapy (3 credits)
     
     
    Choice of either
    # CATS 689 Research Paper (9 credits)
     
    or
    # CATS 698 Applied Research Project with Report (6 credits)
     
    # CATS 699 Comprehensive Exam (3 credits)
     
     
    Electives:
    # CATS 609 Inter-related Arts Therapies/Movement (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 636 Independent Studies in DT (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 637 Independent Studies in DT (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 638 Creative Process in Clinical Practice for CATs (3 credits)

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