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Advanced Principles and Practice of Creative Arts Therapies (CSL673)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MANDURAH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables MANDURAH (FROM 2017 ON) S2
Description This unit serves to further develop and strengthen essential creative arts psychotherapy praxis. Core elements include deeper learning in relation to arts psychotherapeutic theory and its application to clinical practice, alongside advanced understanding of the expressive arts as a therapeutic tool. At the end of the unit students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge in responding to diverse client needs, developing therapeutic relationships a d managing therapeutic dilemmas from a psychodynamic perspective through case formulation.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Describe and critique art psychotherapeutic theories and approaches and their application to clinical practice.
2. Demonstrate the use of expressive arts as a therapeutic tool.
3. Demonstrate ability to plan for therapeutic relationships with diverse clients.
4. Apply different approaches to developing therapeutic relationships at an advanced level.
5. Identify therapeutic dilemmas from a psychodynamic perspective and demonstrate advanced practice in working with these.
6. Demonstrate the capacity to develop psychodynamic case formulations.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: Timetabled weekly 3 hour workshops x 12.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through case-based and theory-informed learning as well as experiential learning. Students engage in self-directed learning from a range of materials that then form the premise of interactive learning in workshops as well as ongoing reflective practice and group discussion.
Assessment The two assessment tasks for this Advanced Practice Unit provide students with the opportunity demonstrate the skills they have integrated from their first placement and previous theory units and indicate progression in their development as therapeutic professionals in a workplace relevant format. Assessment requires students to combine practice experience, clinical reflection, theoretical grounding to propose a clinical formulation report (similar to those expected in the workplace) and to respond to case study material in an in-class assessment (similar to those provided for clinical group discussions in the workplace). Alignment with the learning outcomes for this unit comes through student's capacity to synthesise and integrate their learning in practice to an advance level.
Prerequisites Completed Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies or equivalent.
Notes Maintain ongoing creative arts therapies studio practice.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Eligibility to enrol is determined upon review of the student's overall performance in their course. Enrolment in MCAT, completion of Placement 1 and Supervision Grp1.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT) (MCAT)
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