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Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT) (MCAT)


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Title Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT) (MCAT)
Course Code M1300
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT)
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Mandurah campus (internal)
For International students to complete the Masters as a full-time student in 2 years the course is only available for Semester One admission.

If commencing the Graduate Diploma in Semester 2 then stepping up to the Masters the course will take five semesters to complete.
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course supports students to develop professional competence in creative arts psychotherapies. The course is committed to experiential learning developing student's therapeutic skills using creative arts therapies with an additional emphasis on theoretical frameworks from expressive arts psychotherapies, and the use of creative arts as a therapeutic modality in clinical practice. The experiential workshops, clinical practice and clinical supervision approach will require the making of and engagement in creative arts modalities. A critical appraisal of arts psychotherapy literature combined with applied learning through clinical practice will provide students with the opportunity to develop a foundation in both theoretical knowledge and elementary hands-on creative arts psychotherapy practice.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings For direct entry into the Masters of Creative Arts Therapies, applicants should have a three-year degree (AQF Level 7) from a recognised university in an area related to creative arts psychotherapies such as psychology, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, education, human services or the arts. Preference will be given to applicants who also have experience, either paid or volunteer, in a therapeutic role. Applicants not selected for the Masters may be admitted to the Graduate Diploma course and then apply for entry to the Masters level upon successful completion.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early. The admission process includes online application, and creative practice portfolio, and interviews for shortlisted candidates.
Due to clinical placements and requirements on sequencing of units, students may be required to undertake a part time semester depending of course variables

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.
Special Requirements Enrolment may be subject to restriction due to limited equipment and facilities, and professional accreditation requirements, such as completion of clinical placement hours and supervision requirements.

International students who are required to complete within Visa time frames please see above entry.
Course Learning Outcomes Murdoch University MCAT Course Learning Outcomes: On completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Practice the creative arts therapies with a proficient synthesis and application of contemporary theory and advanced evidence based knowledge, principles, concepts and skills to meet the requirements of a range of clients and employment contexts;

2. Demonstrate strong communication skills to contribute effectively to multidisciplinary teams and to present to diverse audiences for a range of purposes that include assessment, treatment, education and research;

3. Practice autonomously with developed reflective, reflexive, clinical and critical thinking skills, which are strengthened through ongoing relevant professional development and clinical supervision;

4. Conduct case conceptualisations through comprehensive and integrative assessments and design clinically appropriate interventions and evaluations based on sound research evidence and practice experience;

5. Practice with personal integrity and adhere to professional ethics to make professional judgements and establish and maintain therapeutic relationships and competently practice within multi-disciplinary teams, understanding the responsibilities and boundaries of one's role;

6. Recognise and attend to ongoing self-care and personal development as a critical aspect of sound clinical practice.
Employment Prospects On completion of the course graduates will be eligible to be employed in government and non-government organisations that provide psychotherapeutic and counselling services receptive to the therapeutic potential of the creative arts therapies. Such organisations may work with adults, children, families and couples and come from sectors including: mental health, community health, medical and remand contexts, education and the aged. Graduates will be ready employment in settings requiring individual and group therapy competence.
Professional Recognition As students, membership with the Australian New Zealand Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) is possible at a student level. Once the programme is approved by ANZACATA, on graduation application can be made to gain professional registration. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Level 2 membership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and then work toward Level 3 or 4 Clinical Membership.
Professional Accreditation The course will be structured to meet requirement for accreditation with ACA and to meet course recognition and approval standards for professional membership with the Australian New Zealand Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) .
Main research areas Creative Arts Therapies include the arts practices of visual art, drama, dance, music, expressive writing and multi modal practice within a broad range of clinical and community settings and client populations.
Advanced Standing Up to 24 credit points is available of advanced standing to students who have successfully completed a minimum of Level 8 units with learning outcomes equivalent to one or more units comprising the Master of Creative Arts Therapies at Murdoch University.
Nested Awards As the MCAT course is structured as a two-stage award, the first stage being the GDCAT and upon successful completion, the second stage is an application to enter the MCAT. Therefore students can exit on completion of the GDCAT and not pursue further study.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

Core Units - 39 credit points

CSL582 Principles of Counselling 1 - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
MANDURAH: S2-internal

CSL566 Case Conceptualisation and Assessment in Counselling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
MANDURAH: S2-internal

SHP632 Applied Health Research Methods: From Research to Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
MANDURAH: S1-external, S2-external

CSL576 Introduction to Creative Arts Therapies in Counselling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
MANDURAH: S1-internal (quota of 20 places)

CSL575 Expressive Arts Therapies: Music, Drama and Writing - 3 points
MANDURAH: S2-internal

CSL577 Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents - 3 points
MANDURAH: S1-internal

CSL574 Creative Arts Therapies and Trauma - 3 points
MANDURAH: S2-internal

CSL673 Advanced Principles and Practice of Creative Arts Therapies - 3 points
MANDURAH: S2-internal

CSL685 Creative Arts Therapies Clinical Placement and Supervision Grp 1 - 6 points
MANDURAH: AW5-placement (quota of 12 places), DE7-placement (quota of 12 places)

CSL686 Creative Arts Therapies Clinical Placement and Supervision Grp 2 - 6 points
MANDURAH: DE7-placement (quota of 12 places), UA7-placement (quota of 12 places)

Specified Electives - 9 credit points

Choice of two Research Project units within the Master of Counselling with supervision provided by a creative arts therapist with professional registration with ANZACATA (or equivalent international body):

CSL620 Counselling Research Project - 9 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, Y-internal


CSL677 Counselling Research Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal

If CSL677 is taken, then one additional 3 credit point elective unit is required. This unit can be one of the following Counselling units or, in consultation with the AC, a unit from another discipline that compliments the MCAT and is of equivalent AQF. This unit must be of relevance to clinical placement and research or creative arts practice. Advanced standing applications will be assessed against the three Counselling unit elective.

CSL581 Experiential Learning in Group Counselling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
MANDURAH: S1-internal (quota of 16 places)

CSL583 Counselling Adults - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CSL578 Counselling Children and Adolescents - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

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