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  • Objectives
    The Art Therapy Option is an intensive two-year preparation for a high level of professional competence in the applications of the visual arts in therapy. It is designed to educate and train art therapists who will function not only as competent primary or adjunct professionals in their field, but who will also have a strong sense of ethical and social responsibility.
  • Practical experience
    Students acquire skill in the practice of art therapy through the application of theoretical principles during their fieldwork/practicum and through the extensive supervision provided by a variety of experienced practitioners. This practical aspect of the curriculum is provided by student practicum placements at any of 50 hospitals, health care and educational institutions participating in the program. Practicum experience entails observing and working with health care professionals, as well as direct contact with patients. Many ideas for research emerge from this hands-on experience, and provide the basis for case studies, research papers, and special projects.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts in Creative Art Therapy (Art Therapy)
  • Course description
    The Art 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:
    # ATRP 600 Readings in AT (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 602 Assessment Techniques in Art Therapy (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 603 Symbolic Imagery & AT (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 604 Group & Family AT (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 610 Introduction to Topics in Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 611 Counselling Skills (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 613 AT Practicum Supervision I (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 614 AT Practicum Supervision II (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 620 AT Skills - Special Problems (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 623 Advanced Practicum Supervision I (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 624 Advanced Practicum Supervision II (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 630 Child & Adolescent AT (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 639 Cross-Cultural Issues in the CATs (1 credit)
     
    # CATS 641 Ethics in Clinical Practice (1 credit)
     
    # CATS 643 Ethics in Research (1 credit)
     
    # CATS 691 Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (3 credits)
     
    # ATRP 693 Research in Art 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 AT (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 637 Independent Studies in AT (3 credits)
     
    # CATS 638 Creative Process in Clinical Practice for CATs (3 credits)

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