Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this second placement subject students will complete 250 hours of clinical training based at a mental health or other health care setting under the supervision of an onsite clinical practitioner. This placement is designed to meet the registration requirements of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). This placement is aimed to develop the student's skill base as a health professional as well as a clinician. As appropriate the student will be expected to engage with clients on an individual as well as group basis for art therapy. They are also expected to be involved where possible in the entry of case notes, participate in and contribute to case reviews and to educate placement colleagues about art therapy via, for example, presentations.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLibby Byrne

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

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
ReadingsEvents and experiences impacting the development of clinical self confidence: A study of the first year of client contactRecommendedBischoff, R., Barton, M., Thober, J & Hawley, R. (2002)JOURNAL OF MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPY, 28,3.
ReadingsOn being a supervisee: Creating learning partnershipsRecommendedCarroll, M. & Gilbert, M. (2006)MELBOURNE: PSYCHOZ PUBLICATIONS
ReadingsThe institution as a holding environment for the therapist. In A. Robbins (Ed.), The artist as therapistRecommendedGonzalez Dolginko, B. & Robbins, A. (2000)LONDON: JESSICA KINGSLEY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate ability to initiate engagement with a variety of clients in view of undertaking individual and group art therapy.

Assess and document client needs and develop an appropriate group art therapy program.

02. Engagement in therapeutic relationships using art work to evoke personal associations and meanings.

Analyse and articulate client needs based on art therapy work.

03. Develop systematic case note writing skills which reflect client needs, interventions and clinical reasoning in order to communicate to staff from other disciplines.

Detailed client case notes and entry of notes into client files as appropriate.

04. Identify and articulate how cultural diversity may affect the therapeutic relationship and process.

Ability to analyse how cultural and religious issues of actual clients on placement impact on their experience of health.

05. Contribute to case reviews as appropriate.

Active preparation for and contribution to client reviews.

06. Communicate an indepth analysis of the aims and practice of art therapy as relevant to the staff at placement using case material and the literature.

Presentation to staff using relevant case material and literature.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Off Campus


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLibby Byrne

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site
One 32.0 days placement - off site per study period and delivered via blended.
"250 hours of supervised clinical placement off campus (in keeping with requirements for professional registration)."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 case reports with evidence of advanced therapy skills40 03, 05
250 hours of clinical placementHURDLE REQUIREMENT 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Detailed log of placement activities10 06
Placement supervisor's report50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06