Core Course Descriptions

Cii101 Art Therapy History and Applied Theories (1.5 units):
This course explores the varied theories for psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioural, cognitive, developmental, aesthetic and eclectic approaches to art therapy form both a didactic and experiential perspective. Students will achieve a working knowledge of the similarities and differences of the various theoretical constructs and explore practical applications of these various approaches to art therapy.
Cii 102 – Ethics and Legal issues in Clinical Art Therapy (1.5 units):
This course provides an overview of the different clinical approaches and the art therapy ethical and legal elements that combine to form the basis of the practicing art therapist’s values beliefs.
Cii 103 – Art Therapy and Mental Illness (1.5 units):
Through a series of case studies, readings, videos, discussion and assignments this course examines the relationship between art, pathology, creativity and healing. The intent of the course is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop their concept of the progression and application of Art Therapy with various client populations.
Cii 104- Art Therapy with Infants, Children and Youth (1.5 units):
This course is an experiential and didactic introduction to the use of Art Therapy with children. Students will have the opportunity to examine concepts from theories of infant, child and adolescent mental health and development and how these relate to Art Therapy.
Cii 105 – Art Therapy with Families, through a Cultural Lens (1.5 units):
This course is an interactive study of the foundational theories of family therapy. We also investigate the complexities of culture in families and groups, and how this impacts the therapeutic relationship. We teach and practice interventions for families with challenges, and families in crisis, including couples and non-traditional families.
Cii 106; 107; 108 – Studio and labs (1.5 units each):
As the foundation for practicum training, these courses are experientially based and grounded in a theoretical framework. It will give students the opportunity to actively explore their own reflective, art-therapy process, and to integrate this experiential process into currently used conceptual frameworks for clinical practice. Classes will focus inner and interpersonal art process through instructor-led art making, small group debriefing sessions and class discussions dealing with theory, technique and clinical practice.
Cii 108 – Group Art Therapy:
This course focuses on art therapy with groups-both closed-ended and open-ended, and open studio formats. Students will have an opportunity to create art and to practice the role of the art therapist in dyads and small groups.
Cii 109 – Art Therapy Research:
Arts-Based Methodologies (1.5 Units): This course, for Post BA Students only, explores advanced qualitative arts- based research approaches. This course orients students to a deeper understanding of research methodology and how to apply it specifically to their thesis question. There will be a focus on critical thinking and further developing their skills in presenting case studies as a research method.
Cii 110 Art Therapy Thesis/Special Project Contract (Post BA only) 1.5 Units Thesis:
The student may write an extensive research paper based on a hypothesis related to an area of study in Art Therapy OR the student may create a special project with extensive research findings in Art Therapy. After the acceptance of the proposal and signing of the contract, the student has 10 months to complete this project.
Cii 116: Special Topics in Contemporary Art Therapy.(various units)
Electives on various topics will be delivered throughout the year. Special interest topics will include the expressive arts, mindfulness in the art process, ritual mandala making, and ecologically-based art therapy.
Cii 111;112;113 (Post BA) Supervision Cii 114; 115 (Post MA):
CATA and CiiAT require supervision hours at a ratio of one hour individual supervision for every ten hours of client contact and two hours group supervision for every ten hours of client contact. All students must have received a minimum of 70 hours supervision during the two-year program. Supervision includes planning, reviewing and evaluating art therapy services provided by the supervisee throughout the supervision process: • Review of the client art and clinical work; • Case review of clinical files (includes intakes, progress notes, summary reports, treatment plans, termination; • Discussion of referrals, agency relationships; • Crisis intervention, limit setting, ethics, etc.; and • Discussion of group work: designing, planning, setting goals and exploring issues and dynamics. Practicum Courses Practica are arranged around student schedule in consultation with the practicum coordinator.
Cii 111 Practicum 1 (Post BA – 3 units):
Students are introduced to a supervised clinical experience. All aspects of work directly related to client contact will be included. Students will participate in group and/or individual art therapy supervision. They will present case material from their practicum placements and undertake relevant readings. There will be provision for self-evaluation as well as discussion with peers and supervisors of experience in the field. The goal is to increase students’ ability to evaluate their own effectiveness.
Cii 112 Practicum 2 (Post BA – 3 units):
Students can choose from a variety of agency/community settings. Students will design and present one case study.
Cii 113 Practicum 3 (Post BA & MA – 3 units):
One case study required. Students will design and present one case study.
Cii 114: 115 Practicum 4/5 (Post MA – 4 units):
200 client contact hours. One case study required.


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