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


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


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. Effectively communicate a nuanced conceptualisation of the historic development of and contemporary practice of group art therapy through academic writing.

Lectures, group class activities and theoretical assessment task

02. Critically analyse and appraise group art therapy literature and practice, including an advanced sense of best practice standards informed by the specific needs of diverse client populations.

Lectures, group class activities, theoretical assessment task and group facilitation assessment

03. Demonstrate a reflective and relational capacity to understand group dynamics, through the design and implementation of practical group facilitation experiences.

Reflective assessment task, group facilitation, assessment and group class activities

04. Demonstrate a professional capacity to engage in the experience of a training group and subsequently identify and explain relevant proficiencies in relation to self as a member of a learning group and self as a trainee art therapist.

Reflective assessment task, group facilitation assessment, group class activities

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, 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*
One research essay on group art therapy (2,500-words)40 01, 02
One reflective report (2,000-words)35 02, 03
Plan and facilitate group exercises in class (500-words )Observed by teaching staff and there is an opportunity for peer reflection (facilitated by staff)25 02, 03, 04