phe4asa art therap couns.skills




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be provided with the opportunity for theoretical and experiental learning about the skills of effective art therapy counselling and psychotherapy. Emphasis is given to the humanistic person-centred approach, but other approaches introduced include psychodynamic, existential, gestalt, cognitive, narrative and solution-focused approaches. This subject involves the exploration of personal material with the goal of becoming more creative and congruent, both personally and professionally, through the process of reflection on personal issues whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries to the context.

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 admitted in HMART - Master of Art Therapy or HCART - Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFocusing oriented art therapyRecommendedRappaport, L. (2008)JESSICA KINGSLEY: LONDON
ReadingsThe creative connectionRecommendedRogers, N 1993SCIENCE & BEHAVIOURAL BOOKS, PALO ALTO
ReadingsThe handbook of art therapyRecommendedMalchiodi, C 2003GUILFORD, NEW YORK
ReadingsThe use of art in counselling: child and adult survivors of sexual abuseRecommendedHargood, M 2000JESSICA KINGSLEY, LONDON
ReadingsWhat do you see? Phenomenology of Therapeutic Art ExpressionRecommendedBetenski, M. (1995)JESSICA KINGSLEY: LONDON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Differentiate empathic observational, perceptual and listening skills in art therapy

Class experiential work, lectures

02. Distinguish the different therapeutic processes and dynamics present in art therapy

Group activities & paper 2, lectures

03. Effectively communicate theoretical learning in writing

Paper 1

04. Demonstrate professional and relational competencies within a cohort learning environment

Class experiential and assessment work

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTess Crane

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 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.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one art project presentation and one 2,000-word report5001, 04
2500 word theoretical paper5002, 03, 04