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Counseling Psychology

Art Therapy Courses

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Lewis & Clark’s Master of Arts in Art Therapy program will remain in development through the end of Fall 2018. Courses offered in Fall 2018 are designed specifically for the cohorts transferring from Marylhurst University to enable those students to complete their degree programs as scheduled.

The art therapy program will be fully relaunched at Lewis & Clark and will begin accepting new applications for Fall 2019 enrollment in October.

A sampling of the courses an art therapy student will take throughout the three-year program are included below. 

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course presents the history, theories, principles and techniques of counseling theories and their applications in professional settings.

Introduction to Art Therapy

Introductory overview of the field of art therapy including history, development, major theories, and applications of art therapy with various client populations.

The Helping Relationship: Art Therapy Technique

Basic theoretical assumptions of art therapy therapeutic relationships, review and practice of helping skills with an overview of social and cultural contexts, types of practice, supervision, ethical principles, and professional orientation.

Cross-Cultural Counseling

This course is intended to assist students in understanding the personal, situational, structural, and cultural influences that impede and enhance effective and justice-oriented art therapy practice.

Clinical Assessment By Graphic Means

Examination and analysis of the expressive and content components of graphic imagery in relation to clients’ domains of functioning and how it contributes to a deeper understanding of the clients’ clinical needs when formulating a clinical assessment and treatment plan.

Research Methods and Evaluation

This course includes types of research; basic statistics; research-report development; research implementation: program evaluation; needs assessment; publication of research information; and ethical and legal considerations.

Diversity and Social Equity

This course is intended to increase the student’s understanding of the issues and dynamics in counseling across social and cultural lines. Students will explore the nature of society and culture and how these impact the counseling process. Students will broaden their scope of diversity awareness and knowledge including systems of power and privilege. Attention will be given to developing an understanding of the intersectionality of gender, class, race, and ethnicity in working with diverse populations in a counseling context.

Art Therapy Practicum

Students participate in art therapy faculty facilitated supervision to complement their practicum work in the community. The focus of the class is on providing ethical and competent client care. Skills that receive particular attention include the use of response art to aid in developing a therapeutic relationship, counselor empathy, compassion, and art therapist identity.

Art Therapy Internship

Supervised practice bridging theoretical and clinical skills. Students engage in art therapy and related professional activities in community settings. Students prepare art therapy assessments, submit clinical samples for supervisory review, and present case findings.