phe4ata art therapy with adults




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will learn the stages of adult development, examine and critique the diagnosis of a range of mental health disorders according to the DSM 5, and develop skills in art therapy assessment appropriate to these populations. You will also develop an awareness of the complexities of working with clients from cross-cultural backgrounds and with diverse values. You will gain an understanding of the psycho-bio-social factors involved in wellbeing, mental health and ill health amongst adult populations. You will also demonstrate knowledge and increased art therapy skills in working with diverse populations of adults.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLibby Byrne

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 into 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
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
ReadingsAgeing wellRecommendedVaillant, G. (2002)Scribe
ReadingsDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders 5PrescribedAmerican Psychiatric Association (2013)American Psychiatric Association

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Articulate and apply a psycho-bio-social model of mental health across a range of adult populations.

Incorporate and apply elements of a broad model of adult mental health into reflections on art therapy with adults in both verbal and written form.

02. Describe variances in definitions and perspectives of mental ill health in light of cross cultural elements.

Analyse how cross cultural awareness informs the approach to art therapy assessment and treatment with one particular adult population.

03. Utilise and critique the use of art therapy across a range of adult populations based on academic and practical learning.

Review, analyse and critique the assessment and treatment of one specific art therapy adult population in verbal and written form.

04. Identify key elements in assessment of adults and in particular using art therapy assessment tools.

Practice and critique art therapy assessment tools in class activities.

05. Communicate clinical material effectively in both written and oral form both individually and as a member of a group.

Present a review of art therapy with a clinical population according to the literature.

06. Demonstrate an ability to work independently and in small groups to report on findings in an art therapy assignment.

Collaborate and prioritise workload according to the project design of a group for assessment.

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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-ordinatorLibby Byrne

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.
"Plus the equivalent of one hour of out-of-class time learning activities per week."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Small group class presentation, 30 minutes (1,000-words equivalent)3001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One essay (2,500-words)5001, 02, 03, 04, 05
One Tabulated Review of Literature (1,000-words)2003, 04, 05