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Expressive Arts Therapies: Music, Drama and Writing (CSL575)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MANDURAH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables MANDURAH (FROM 2017 ON) S2
Description Expressive Arts Therapies provide a context for the intentional use of expressive arts processes for therapeutic goals; allows non-verbal and written narrative to be expressed in a counselling context; and facilitates the exploration of connections between clients' internal psychological experiences and their outward creative expression. This experiential unit is designed to teach and develop a theoretical and practice-based understanding of the expanding field of expressive arts therapies.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students will:
1. Acquire knowledge, experience, and skills across a range of expressive arts therapy modalities that can be used to enrich the counselling process.

2. Demonstrate a depth of engagement when working with this knowledge, experience and skills to develop imaginative and expressive responses that explore situational and individual experiences.

3. Gain understanding of the philosophical and theoretical frameworks that inform different modalities of expressive arts therapies and their use as an arts based counselling medium.

4. Identify the characteristics of the expressive arts therapies that most resonate with each student and which they choose to develop further during their practice as a counsellor.

5. Describe and evaluate the efficacy of expressive arts therapy in the context of clinical and community practice.

6. Demonstrate a clear knowledge of the ethics of expressive arts therapy practice within the context of mental health care and well-being.
Timetabled Learning Activities 3 hour workshop per week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit incorporates structured timetabled learning in the form of interactive workshops with experiential learning activities that require active and reflective student participation. Students will be actively engaged in different forms of expressive therapies, including dance/movement, music, drama, and expressive writing. Students will document and reflect on their learning in the workshops through an online learning portfolio. One component of the portfolio, chosen by the student will be shared with the class. Students will engage in weekly readings to prepare for each workshop. In addition, an on-line group discussion board will be utilised in the first part of the semester for self-directed and shared group learning tasks related to theoretical aspects of the unit. Learning experiences are designed to facilitate critical thinking, reflection, peer interaction and collaboration.
Assessment This unit will use written, creative, and reflective assessment strategies to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the unit learning objectives. An instructor-led discussion forum in the first part of the term will focus on underlying theory, and ethical and professional practice issues. Students will also create an online portfolio using PebblePad during the semester to document their experiences, reflections, and responses to the different experiential learning activities involving the expressive arts. Students are encouraged to use the arts modalities - ICT, video and drawn images to inform their emerging insights. Students will then share one component of their portfolio with their classmates. The assessment strategies reflect the counselling discipline's learning and teaching approach of student-centred, experiential and transformational learning.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies. Other students wanting to study this unit can be interviewed by the Counselling Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies (GradDipArtTherapy)
Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT) (MCAT)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Fiona Gardner
Lecturer in Counselling (Art Therapy)

Mandurah Campus
t: 9582 5507
e: F.Gardner@murdoch.edu.au
o: 100.2.009 - Building 100 Mandurah, Mandurah Campus
Unit Contacts

MANDURAH: S2-Internal
Ms Fiona Gardner
Lecturer in Counselling (Art Therapy)

Mandurah Campus
t: 9582 5507
e: F.Gardner@murdoch.edu.au
o: 100.2.009 - Building 100 Mandurah, Mandurah Campus
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