Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will develop an understanding of theories and practices of art therapy with children and adolescents, primarily from Western perspectives however cognisant of the complexities of working with cross cultural populations. You will learn about child development and how children also systematically develop the ability to express themselves using visual art. Art therapy assessment skills appropriate for use with children and adolescents will be presented and critiqued. Through the acquisition of art therapy clinical skills, you will gain the ability to practice art therapy with children from diverse cultures in various settings.

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 with children: From infancy to adolescenceRecommendedCase, C. & Dally, T. (2008)LONDON: ROUTLEDGE
ReadingsChild Art TherapyRecommendedRubin, J. (2005)HOBOKEN: JOHN WILEY
ReadingsHidden treasure: A map to the child's inner selfRecommendedOaklander, V. (2007)LONDON: KARNAC
ReadingsUnderstanding children's drawingsRecommendedMalchiodi, C. (1998)NEW YORK: GUILFORD

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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 1 hour additional out-of-class activities per week."


Assessment elementComments%
Attendance and participation10
Observation report, 2000 words45
Theoretical essay, 2500 words45