Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will complete 200 hours of clinical placement based at a mental health or other health care setting in the community under the supervision of an onsite clinical practitioner. This placement is the first of three over the course of Master of Art Therapy and designed to meet the registration requirements of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). Students will undertake a period of orientation, develop an entry level art therapy case load and experience clinical supervision. They will have an entry level experience of being a member of a clinical team and will be expected to enter case notes, and as appropriate to educate placement colleagues about art therapy via, for example, a presentation.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichelle Atlas

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HMART


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectEntire subject

Total hours/days required250 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - regional
Domestic - metro

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop therapeutic relationships with potential clients by employing a variety of art therapy and interpersonal skills.
02. Collaborate with fellow clinicians to develop a caseload of art therapy clients.
03. Actively participate as an art entry level art therapy trainee within a clinical team.
04. Document and synthesise clinical observations.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Week 23-43, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichelle Atlas

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 days placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 24 - 24
Two 7.00 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 24 to week 24 and delivered via face-to-face.
2 days of workshop


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

200 hours clinical placement plus placement supervisor's report (equivalent 2,000 words). Students must pass this assessment to demonstrate professional competence.

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

2 x 400 word Case note reports **This is a distillation of professional observations that is concise and informative, the equivalent of 2,000 words.

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO3, SILO4

Detailed log of placement activities (250 words equivalent)
Students must submit this log as an official record of their time spent in the field.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO4

Preparatory for placement, including compliance with legal requirements e.g. Working with Children and Police checks.