Counseling and Art Therapy Curriculum
The program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist Board.
The 55 semester hour minimum degree program meets the educational standards for national registration and certification (ATR/ATR-BC) as an art therapist through the Art Therapy Credentials Board.
The 65 semester hour degree program also meets the Ohio education requirements for counseling licensure for LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor). State licensing laws vary, so applicants are encouraged to check their individual state law for licensure eligibility requirements.
Students wishing to pursue credentialing in both counseling and art therapy must complete the 65 semester hour program.
Curriculum for Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy - Art Therapy (55 credit) Track
Course DescriptionsRequired CoursesCAT 500 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues (3 Credits)
This course familiarizes students with the ethical codes and principles of the counseling profession, the professional role identity of counselors, standards of preparation, and professional counseling and art therapy organizations. It includes a thorough study of the Ohio Counselor Law, the Code of Ethics contained in that law and the process by which one receives licensure as a counselor. In depth attention is given to the legal and ethical issues involved in the practice of counseling and art therapy and The American Counseling Association (ACA) ethical code and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) ethical will be thoroughly examined.
CAT 501 History and Theory of Art Therapy/Counseling (3 Credits)
This course presents an examination of the origin, history and philosophy of art therapy as a therapeutic discipline, a survey of influences on its development from related fields, and an orientation to the major art therapy pioneers. It also serves as an introduction to the development of the counseling profession.CAT 503 Treatment of Children and Adolescents (3 Credits)
This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work with children and adolescents in various human service settings. Theoretical and practical interventions for helping children and adolescents in individual, group and family formats will be explored. Interviewing, assessing, developing strength-based individual service plans and designing treatment techniques/strategies tailored to meet client needs will be taught. Students will be exposed to various state of the art counseling approaches including those inherent in the areas of play and art therapy as well as other expressive modalities. In addition, family, social and cultural contexts that impact on children and adolescents will be considered. Finally, special emphasis will be placed on knowledge of various areas of normal developmental stages in youth. Prerequisite:
CAT 500, 501CAT 504 Human Growth and Development (3 Credits)
The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial development of human beings across the life span. Developmental theory will be studied and discussed in terms of its impact on counseling theory and the counseling process. Particular attention will be paid to the role of culture, belief systems and socio-economic status on the developing individual.CAT 505 Counseling Theories (3 Credits)
A study of selected counseling theories including psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, humanistic and systemic approaches along with current counseling trends. Attention is given to the development of an integrated counseling approach sensitive to clients'and counselors'cultural backgrounds, personal philosophies and current needs. Case presentations, videos and films focus class discussions. Art therapy approaches relevant to the counseling theory are integrated into the curriculum.CAT 507 Group Process (3 Credits)
Introduction to the theory and practice of group counseling and group art therapy. Through didactic and experiential learning, students study various models of group development, experiment with the roles of group facilitator and group member. Students will also examine first-hand the contribution of the creative process to group development. Prerequisites:
CAT 500, 501, 505, 591, 500, 509, 548, 546CAT 508 Family Systems (3 Credits)
The history and overview of various models of family therapy including Bowens family systems, Minuchin's structural, Haley's strategic, Whitaker's experiential and White's narrative approaches are explored. Other contemporary family therapy theorists are reviewed. Included is a detailed analysis of the use of the family genogram in the counseling process. Family ethnicity and its impact on family counseling are integrated into the curriculum through theoretical readings and the evaluation of contemporary fiction and films. Family art therapy theory is also examined through experimentation with varied art tasks, role plays and established family art therapy assessment techniques.Prerequisites:
CAT 547, 503CAT 509 Psychopathology, Personality and Abnormal Behavior (3 Credits)
This course is designed to assist the counseling student in understanding psychological disorders. A thorough review of the major categories of psychopathology will be undertaken. This review will be contextualized by a discussion of the role of historical context and cultural differences in assessing individual behavior. Attention is given to the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR) used by the American Psychiatric Association and the bio-psycho-social model of human behavior. The role of counseling in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders is explored. In addition, the application of art therapy approaches with specific populations will be examined. Prerequisites:
CAT 501, 505, 591CAT 520 Projective Assessments (3 Credits)
The assessment course provides an examination of the assessment process and its relation to diagnosis and therapy, with consideration of socio-cultural factors. Administration and practical application of a variety of assessments with an individual subject will take place. Exploration of the expressive and content components of graphic images and their contribution to the assessment of the whole person will be examined. Prerequisites:
CAT 500, 501, 503, 504, 505, 509, 546, 548, 591CAT 523 Cultural and Social Diversity (3 Credits)
This course will examine cultural and social diversity and focus on the development of competencies for working with diverse client populations. A study of selected current social issues relevant to professional practice will be presented, as well as foundations for understanding the diversity of expressive and symbolic language and the role of art therapy and social justice.CAT 544 Art Therapy Studio I (1 Credit)
An exploration of creativity and self expression, with studio experience based in varied media. Students will participate in personal art making, with a focus on understanding the creative process, symbolic language and the integration of theoretical frameworks of art therapy.Prerequisites:
CAT 567 CAT 546 Clinical I: Counseling Techniques (3 Credits)
This course will focus on the basic skills and beginning level techniques of the counseling process. Emphasis will be on the therapeutic process including the building of the therapeutic relationship, mid-phase, and termination, as well as the development of appropriate micro skills. Students will also begin to learn treatment planning and documentation skills, as well as how to write and verbally present case studies. The development of individual counseling methods, art therapy approaches, facilitation skills and the application of these skills to specific populations will be emphasized. Class is limited to 12 students. Any student who receives less than a B in this course may face possible dismissal from the program, or may be required to repeat the course. Prerequisites:
CAT 500, 501, 505, 591, 509 & 548 concurrentlyCAT 547 Clinical II: Practicum (3 Credits)
This is a practical experience course where students are placed in settings for a 100-hour practicum designed to promote development as an ethical and culturally sensitive professional. Students will participate in weekly group supervision, as well as classroom instruction. The focus in the didactic portion of the course will be on continuing to build upon the basic skills introduced in ATC 546, with emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, therapeutic process, counselor micro skills, treatment planning, art therapy interventions and documentation skills. Introductions to assessment and appraisal of the individual, psychological testing, and psychotropic medications will be featured. Any student who receives less than a B in this course may face possible dismissal from the program, or may be required to repeat the course. Prerequisites:
CAT 546, 504, 509, 548, 500CAT 548 Appraisal (3 Credits)
This course is a study of the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of standardized tests and other assessment instruments used in counseling settings. The course surveys instruments used in assessing individuals in the following domains: cognitive, career and life planning, personality and mental health. Attention is also given to test/assessment construction, reliability and validity. Statistical concepts needed to understand and interpret tests and assessments are explained. The impact of culture, gender and socio-economic status on the administering and interpretation of assessment measures is discussed. Prerequisite:
CAT 500, 501, 505, 591CAT 549, 550 Internship I, II (2 Credits, 2 Credits)
Supervised experience in a particular setting with a special population utilizing skills necessary for the professional practice of counseling and art therapy. Focus will be on the appraisal of the individual and continued development of the skills necessary for professional practice. This course is co-taught by Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (PCC) and Board Certified Registered Art Therapists (ATR-BC). Any student who receives less than a B in this course may face possible dismissal from the program, or may be required to repeat the course. Prerequisite for Internship I:
CAT 547, 507, 520, 567, 594, 503 & 603 (65 credit track only) concurrentlyPrerequisites for Internship II:
CAT 549, 603 (65 credit track only)CAT 567 Techniques and Use of Media (2 Credits)
An examination of various intervention techniques. Emphasis is placed on a deeper understanding of the nature and characteristics of a variety of media. Further skill development in identifying problems, establishing goals and creating interventions appropriate for use with specific populations.Prerequisite:
CAT 500, 501, 505, 591, 509, 548, 546CAT 591 Orientation to Research and Writing (1 Credit)
This course introduces students to the Art Therapy & Counseling program and to the skills needed to complete the program. These goals are achieved by reviewing the course of study of the program, introducing the literature in the fields of art therapy and counseling, guiding students in developing the writing and communication skills necessary to be effective graduate students in the program, and introducing students to the research design process. Students are also introduced to the professions of art therapy and counseling. Particular emphasis is placed on familiarizing students with the personal and professional qualities expected of art therapists and counselors, and acquainting them with the professional associations which represent art therapy and counseling.Note:
Taken first semesterCAT 594 Research and Evaluation (3 Credits)
A study of varied research methods and reporting techniques, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Particular emphasis will be given to developing the skills necessary to be both an astute consumer of published research and a capable producer of valid and useful research. Attention will be give to the statistical methods most commonly employed in counseling research. Prerequisite:
CAT 591, 546, 520 (may be concurrent)CAT 595 Thesis/Project (1 Credit)
The conceptualization and writing of a major project or thesis that demonstrates the individual's ability to do independent research, to conduct creative and scholarly investigations, and to communicate ideas effectively. Students enrolled in this class will have already completed the process of gathering data and doing the research required for their project. This class focuses on the writing of the thesis, not on gathering data or doing background research. Prerequisite:
CAT 594, 549CAT 596 Integrative Seminar (2 Credits)
The major goals of this course are: refining the final thesis project through consultation with professionals in the community as well as with professors and colleagues in the classroom; preparation of research results for public oral presentation and for publication in written form; and participation in a professional gathering where each student will present his/her thesis research.Prerequisite:
CAT 595CAT 601 Lifestyle and Career Development (3 Credits)
A review of career development theory, career assessment tools and the use of career counseling techniques in a counseling setting.CAT 603 Diagnoses (3 Credits)
Focusing on the DSM-IV-TR, this course provides a complete framework for diagnosis including an advanced understanding of each category of mental disturbance, criteria used to identify specific forms of disturbance, training in differential diagnosis, conducting the initial interview, completing a mental status exam, linking treatment approach to a specific diagnosis and the role of socio-cultural factors in diagnosis. Prerequisite:
CAT 520, 547 (may be concurrent)CAT 648 Case Studies (2 Credits)
Through the use of case material students will be guided through the process of treatment planning and counseling intervention. Various treatment modalities will be considered; the role of theoretical orientation will be reviewed; the importance of aligning treatment approach with diagnosis and client goals will be emphasized; the use of psychotropic medication and the importance of creating liaisons with other professionals will be discussed. Prerequisites:
CAT 520, 547, 603CAT 650 Psychotropic Medications (1 Credit)
This course provides a framework for the counselor to understand the biological mechanisms behind the use of psychotropic medications, the different types of psychotropic medications and the proper use of psychotropic medications. Prerequisites:
Elective CoursesCAT 506W Creative Counseling Modalities (1 or 2 Credits)
A basic introduction to the creative arts used as counseling modalities. Exploration of the creative processes of the visual arts, music, dance, drama and poetry as applied to the counseling setting. CAT 510-515W Workshops - Special Topics (1 or 2 Credits)
Subject matter of the course will be announced each semester. Topics will be flexible to present a broad range of creative counseling modalities and current applications of art therapy and counseling. CAT 525W Special Settings and Populations (1 or 2 Credits)
The practice of art therapy and counseling applied to varied settings and populations. CAT 526W Educational Settings (1 or 2 Credits)
Individual and group art therapy counseling in a variety of educational facilities. CAT 527W Addictions and Treatment (1 or 2 Credits)
An examination of current models for understanding addictions including the medical, psychodynamic, family systems and psycho spiritual models. Guest lecturers, discussions, slide presentations, case presentations and a variety of experiential strategies are integrated into the curriculum. CAT 528W Geriatrics (1 or 2 Credits)
An overview of art therapy and counseling applications with geriatric populations. Various theoretical approaches will be explored and the physical and psychological processes of aging will be introduced through lectures, reading assignments and experiential exercises. CAT 531W Spirituality, Wholeness and the Arts (1 or 2 Credits)
An interdisciplinary consideration of the spiritual component of wellness and an exploration of the creative process and art making as catalysts in promoting healing. An examination of spirituality and creativity within the counseling process. CAT 545W Art Therapy and Counseling Studio II (1 or 2 Credits)
An in-depth exploration of specific methods of intervention and their applications in the art therapy and counseling process. Subject matter of the course will vary each year, and topics will cover a broad range of creative modalities. CAT 585 Independent Study (1, 2 or 3 Credits)
An opportunity to study in-depth some area of interest that may not be offered in the curriculum. CAT 649 Advanced Clinic (1 or 2 Credits)
An advanced internship. Students must complete an application and have approval from their advisor and the clinical director to take this course.
Ursuline College reserves the right to terminate internship experiences when circumstances are not beneficial to the goals of the program or for the good of an individual student. Students receiving below a B in any of the field work courses (ATC 546, 547, 549 and 550) may be asked to leave the program.
Artwork completed while in the program or as class assignments may be used for educational or exhibit purposes of the College. Thesis work may also be used for educational purposes of the College.