Introduction to Art Therapy Winter 2023

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This course will be a multi-modal introduction to the field of art therapy. Through art-making and the study of primary source materials, students will explore the historical contexts, theoretical models, and practical applications of art therapy. Questions students will tackle: Where is the line between pathology and typically functioning? What is the role of the therapist? How can the therapist be collaborators with their clients? Who is the expert, really? What is context? How does the therapist’s context inform their practice? Students will learn about art therapy in practice with a variety of populations and techniques. In addition to understanding the theoretical framework of art therapy, students will engage in a heuristic study of the role art has played in their lives. This course will be a combination of lecture, discussion, guest speakers, audio-visual material, student presentations, and art experiential.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1256
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: short paper and final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Art and Psychology Majors
Unit Notes: Kaye is a registered, board-certified art therapist. She practices art therapy and teaches at Springfield College.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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