Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will learn the stages of normal adult development, examine and critique the diagnosis of a range of mental health disorders according to the DSM IV-TR, and develop skills in art therapy assessment appropriate to these populations. They will also develop an awareness of the complexities of working with clients from cross-cultural backgrounds and with diverse values. Students will gain an understanding of the psycho-bio-social factors involved in wellbeing, mental health and ill health amongst adult populations. Students will also demonstrate their knowledge and increased art therapy skills in working with diverse populations of adults.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMART - Master of Art Therapy.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsArt therapy, research and evidence based practicePrescribedGilroy, A (2006)LONDON: SAGE.
ReadingsArt PsychotherapyRecommendedWadeson, H. 2010NY: JOHN WILEY & SONS.
ReadingsArt therapy and clinical neuroscienceRecommendedHass-Cohen, N., Carr, R. 2008LONDON: JESSICA KINGSLEY.
ReadingsThe art therapist's primer: a clinical guide to writing assessments, diagnosis and treatment.RecommendedHorovitz, E.G. & Esken, S. (2009)SPRINGFIELD, III: CHARLES C. THOMAS
ReadingsTools of the Trade: A Therapist's guide to art therapy assessmentsRecommendedBrooke, S (2004)SPRINGFIELD, III: CHARLES C THOMAS
ReadingsUsing drawings in assessment and therapyRecommendedOster, G.D. & Crone-Gould, P. (2004)NEW YORK: BRUNNER/MAZEL

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Plus the equivalent of one hour of out-of-class time learning activities per week."


Assessment elementComments%
Attendance and participation10
Small group class presentation, 30 minutes (equivalent 2000 paper)30
one 2,500-word essay60