Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will explore group art therapy through theoretical and experiential learning. The focus is on learning about experiential group art therapy, gaining an understanding of art making within a group context, an understanding of group development and the group dynamics process and issues of visual and verbal self disclosure. The impact of image making in groups on the individual student, the group process and the learning about group art therapy practice will be examined.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTess Crane

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
ReadingsGroup analytic art therapyRecommendedMcNeilly, G. 2006JESSICA KINGSLEY, LONDON
ReadingsGroup interactive art therapyRecommendedWaller, D 1993ROUTLEDGE, LONDON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and describe different styles and methods of group art therapy

Lectures, group experiential class activities

02. Demonstrate an awareness of group dynamics in art therapy

Paper 2, group facilitation activity

03. Articulate an awareness and understanding of the self as a member of a learning group

Paper 2, group facilitation activity, class experiential activities

04. Describe the theoreticl, creative and practical implications of group art therapy processes for group leaders

Paper 1, lectures, group experiential work in class

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTess Crane

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
plan and facilitate group exercises in class (equivalant of 500 words)30 02, 03
one 2,500-word research essay on group art therapy35 01, 02, 03, 04
one group facilitation and one 2,000-word report35 01, 02, 04