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FIRST YEAR

ATG-5030-A / Theoretical Foundations of Art Therapy / Fall 2016

Wednesday, 1-3:50PM
R. Obstfeld

This course will introduce students to theoretical influences that have contributed to the practice of art therapy. Analytic, behavioral, cognitive, interpersonal and humanistic approaches; practitioners; and the development of art therapy as a distinct therapeutic practice will be reviewed through readings, slides, didactic, and experiential sessions. Ethical and legal issues of art therapy practice, including certification, professional boundaries, malpractice, and confidentiality will also be examined through class readings and discussions. Students’ visual presentations of cases from their internships will augment case material provided by the instructor in further illuminating class topics.


ATG-5100-A / Child Art Development / Fall 2016

Wednesday, 6-8:50PM
T. Herzog-Rodriguez

The course will focus on the behavior of children from birth through pre-adolescence. Through case presentations, readings and discussion, students will examine the physical, emotional and intellectual growth of children, and explore the psychological and physiological factors and cultural and environmental influences involved in learning, creativity and personality development. Normal development, psychopathology, and art therapy treatment approaches will be included.


ATG-5110-A / Adolescent Art Development / Spring 2017

Wednesday, 12-2:50PM
E. DelliCarpini

As art therapists it is essential that we have an understanding of the individuals with whom we may work. This course will provide a theoretical framework in which to examine adolescence in terms of developmental processes in art expression, cognition, intra-psychic dynamics, external environmental influences and the interrelationship between the two. Attention will be given to increasing the student’s understanding of the role and impact family; society, culture, and trauma have upon adolescent development and functioning. Establishing a safe arena and therapeutic alliance in order to effectively implement art therapy as assessment, intervention and in ongoing treatment with the adolescent will be a continual area of discussion.


ATG-5130-A / Methods and Materials in Art Therapy / Fall 2016

Monday, 11-1:50PM
D. Farber

This course will enable students to examine the use of paints, inks, organic art processes, sculpture materials and other traditional and non-traditional art media and their use with particular client populations. Salient features of particular materials and expressive dimensions will be explored. Discussion of computer applications relevant to art therapy will be included. Students will explore the impact of art processes and materials through ongoing participation in personal art making. By strengthening their connection to the creative process, students will gain an understanding of personal symbolic language, and arts-based learning allowing for the opportunity to integrate intellectual, emotional, artistic and interpersonal knowledge.


ATG-5150-A,B,C,D / Internship / Supervision in the Studio I / Fall 2016

ATG-5150-A / Monday, 3-5:50PM / R. Grant
ATG-5150-B / Monday, 3-5:50PM / M. Duque
ATG-5150-C / Monday, 5-7:50PM / B. Tepper
ATG-5150-D / Monday, 6-8:50PM / S. Gorski

The SVA Art Therapy Department has developed numerous affiliations with a wide variety of institutions in and around New York City. Working with the field placement coordinator, each student will be placed in a supervised internship that corresponds with his or her area of specialization. Students are required to spend 16 hours per week at an internship site each semester. Small-group supervision will also be provided by SVA faculty members through a unique studio-based component of this course. This will give students a regular opportunity to reflect on their work with clients and to further their own artistic development as they explore the challenges of artist-as-therapist. Students will explore professional identity, professional ethics and the ethical practice of art therapy and the proper application of ethical and legal principles of art therapy practice, and gain familiarity with the ethical standards of the American Art Therapy Association and Art Therapy Credentials Board as well as other related fields.


ATG-5155-A,B,C,D / Internship / Supervision in the Studio II / Spring 2017

ATG-5155-A / Monday, 3-5:50PM / R. Grant
ATG-5155-B / Monday, 3-5:50PM / M. Duque
ATG-5155-C / Monday, 5-7:50PM / B. Tepper
ATG-5155-D / Monday, 6-8:50PM / S. Gorski

The SVA Art Therapy Department has developed numerous affiliations with a wide variety of institutions in and around New York City. Working with the field placement coordinator, each student will be placed in a supervised internship that corresponds with his or her area of specialization. Students are required to spend 16 hours per week at an internship site each semester. Small-group supervision will also be provided by SVA faculty members through a unique studio-based component of this course. This will give students a regular opportunity to reflect on their work with clients and to further their own artistic development as they explore the challenges of artist-as-therapist. Students will explore professional identity, professional ethics and the ethical practice of art therapy and the proper application of ethical and legal principles of art therapy practice, and gain familiarity with the ethical standards of the American Art Therapy Association and Art Therapy Credentials Board as well as other related fields.


ATG-5180-A / Group Therapy and Practice / Spring 2017

Wednesday, 3-5:50PM
S. Commarato

This course will explore the theory and practice of group therapy through didactic as well as experiential means. The emphasis will be on implementation of art therapy methods and group theory with various populations and clinical settings. Therapeutic factors, stages of group development, leadership styles and practical aspects of group management will be addressed. Class instructor will lead the class in discussions and group experiences initially and eventually have students take on leadership of class allowing the class to develop a group dynamic of its own.


ATG5240-A / Adult Development and Aging / Spring 2016

Monday, 9-11:50AM
P. Howie

Students will examine the physical and emotional growth of adults and will explore the psychological and physiological factors involved. Specific emphasis will be placed on the variations of the aging process and how these manifest themselves in behavior and creative expression. Normal development, psychopathology, clinical interventions and art therapy treatment approaches will be included.


ATG5460-A / DSM-V / Spring 2017

Wednesday, 9-11:50AM
M. Kraebber

The goal of this course is also to present a conceptual framework for understanding the science of psychopathology, as illustrated with the DSM5. This course will focus on etiological issues and the application of a biopsychosocial framework to case conceptualization. Students will build skills in differential diagnosis for people affected by mental illness across the lifespan. Disorder specific empirically-validated treatment approaches will also be explored.


ATG5550-A / Interviewing and Counseling Skills for Challenged and Addicted Populations / Fall 2016

Wednesday 9-11:50AM
S.J. Langer

Students will be introduced to assessment and treatment techniques for challenging clinical populations and chemically dependent clients. Assessment approaches for both short- and long-term treatment settings will be covered. Additionally, students will learn about the historical development of counseling intervention approaches. Contemporary approaches such as the harm reduction, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness approaches will be introduced. Coursework will also facilitate critical thinking with regards to similarities and differences between art therapy and traditional counseling interventions. Case material, presentations, role- playing and videotaping will be used to support application of theory.

SECOND YEAR

ATG-6060-A / Clinical Topics in Addictionology (AD) / Fall 2016

Thursday, 6-8:50PM
J. Jordan

A broad overview of the changing and expanding field of addiction as well as the evolution of theoretical perspectives, advances in research, and treatment of addictive disorders will be presented. Topics will focus on the neuro-bio-psycho-social nature of substance use disorders with particular emphasis on the interplay of brain/mind/body. Special emphasis will be placed on substance use issues in the context of neurobiology and attachment. Sub-optimal attachment relationships in childhood can lead to an inability to form healthy relationships and achieve adaptive affect regulation throughout the life span. Many individuals turn to substances to help modulate intense affect states and use them to compensate for the lack of capacity to form intimate relationships. Implications for treatment will be discussed.


ATG-6090-A / Physiology of Addictions (AD) / Spring 2017

Tuesday, 6-8:50PM
R. Obstfeld

This class will promote the understanding of addictions as a means of regulating affective states and ameliorating the effects of developmental trauma. Addiction is understood from the perspective of suboptimal attachment, traumatic experience, and their affects on the developing brain. Early environmental failures contribute to challenges in modulating intense arousal and conflict. External agents may be relied upon to provide soothing, stimulation, self definition, focal cohesion, or outlets for otherwise forbidden self-expression. This course will review connections substance use and other addictive behaviors; the role of attachment and trauma on capacities for self-regulation, and consequent reliance on chemical assistance (including that provided by the so-called “process addictions.”) The class will demonstrate the role of art therapy in promoting enhanced capacities for integration and communication among neural systems and networks, allowing for optimal self-regulation and overall functioning.


ATG-6120-A,B / Thesis Project I / Fall 2016

ATG-6120-C / Thesis Project I / Fall 2016

ATG-6120-A / Tuesday, 9-11:50am / E. McGann
ATG-6120-B / Tuesday, 12-2:50pm / E. McGann
ATG-6120-C / Tuesday, 12-2:50pm / T. Herzog-Rodriguez

In this two semester course, students will be supervised by members of the art therapy faculty in the development of a thesis topic, as well as its preparation, planning and production. Each project must present an original point of view and include supporting documentation of its concepts and findings. In addition, student may opt to explore grant-writing opportunities or other extensive in-depth projects. Structured methods and formats such as quantitative and qualitative research, formal case studies and arts-based research will be discussed. Students are required to present their thesis projects to peers and faculty. The department chair will oversee all projects.


ATG-6125-A,B,C / Thesis Project II / Spring 2017

ATG-6125-A / Tuesday, 9-11:50am / E. McGann
ATG-6125-B / Tuesday, 12-2:50pm / E. McGann
ATG-6125-C / Tuesday, 12-2:50pm / T. Herzog-Rodriguez

In this two semester course, students will be supervised by members of the art therapy faculty in the development of a thesis topic, as well as its preparation, planning and production. Each project must present an original point of view and include supporting documentation of its concepts and findings. In addition, student may opt to explore grant-writing opportunities or other extensive in-depth projects. Structured methods and formats such as quantitative and qualitative research, formal case studies and arts-based research will be discussed. Students are required to present their thesis projects to peers and faculty. The department chair will oversee all projects.


ATG-6130-A / The Physiology of Trauma (TR) / Fall 2016

Thursday, 6-8:50pm
R. Obstfeld

This class will help students understand interactions among the mind, body, and environment in individuals’ reactions to trauma, and to life events that trigger traumatic memories. Types and effects of trauma will be explored, including developmental, attachment- related, and “strain” trauma. Readings, slides of clients’ artwork, and didactic lectures will highlight the effects of trauma on capacities for modulating intense arousal and internal conflict. Class material will introduce students to the physiological and long-term sequelae of chronic and post traumatic stress. The therapeutic relationship, and art therapy in particular, are presented as means of promoting recovery by restoring spontaneity and more flexible adaptations to one’s environment.


ATG-6140-A / Clinical Topics in Trauma (TR) / Spring 2017

Tuesday, 6-8:50pm
I. David

This course will offer a range of art therapy applications pertaining to traumatic experience. Subjects will emphasize medical trauma which brings particular psychological issues and life adjustment challenges. Various aspects of trauma recovery will be presented by the instructor and guest lecturers with specific areas of expertise. Client populations, treatment approaches and related professional dimensions will be explored, creating a spectrum of concepts and practice. Representative cases will be presented with a focus on client engagement, therapeutic goals and clinical outcomes. Students will gain a fuller understanding of trauma and potential for art therapy in treatment.


ATG-6170-A,B,C / Internship/Supervision in the Studio III / Fall 2016

ATG-6170-A / Thursday, 3-5:50pm / D. Farber
ATG-6170-B / Thursday, 3-5:50pm / E. DelliCarpini
ATG-6170-C / Thursday, 3-5:50pm / S. Gorski

The SVA Art Therapy Department has developed numerous affiliations with a wide variety of institutions in and around New York City. Working with the field placement coordinator, each student will be placed in a supervised internship that corresponds with his or her area of specialization. Students are required to spend 16 hours per week at an internship site each semester. Small-group supervision will also be provided by SVA faculty members through a unique studio-based component of this course. This will give students a regular opportunity to reflect on their work with clients and to further their own artistic development as they explore the challenges of artist-as-therapist. Students will explore professional identity, professional ethics and the ethical practice of art therapy and the proper application of ethical and legal principles of art therapy practice, and gain familiarity with the ethical standards of the American Art Therapy Association and Art Therapy Credentials Board as well as other related fields.


ATG-6175-A,B,C / Internship/Supervision in the Studio IV / Spring 2017

ATG-6175-A / Thursday, 3-5:50pm / D. Farber
ATG-6175-B / Thursday, 3-5:50pm / E. DelliCarpini
ATG-6175-C / Thursday, 3-5:50pm / S. Gorski

The SVA Art Therapy Department has developed numerous affiliations with a wide variety of institutions in and around New York City. Working with the field placement coordinator, each student will be placed in a supervised internship that corresponds with his or her area of specialization. Students are required to spend 16 hours per week at an internship site each semester. Small-group supervision will also be provided by SVA faculty members through a unique studio-based component of this course. This will give students a regular opportunity to reflect on their work with clients and to further their own artistic development as they explore the challenges of artist-as-therapist. Students will explore professional identity, professional ethics and the ethical practice of art therapy and the proper application of ethical and legal principles of art therapy practice, and gain familiarity with the ethical standards of the American Art Therapy Association and Art Therapy Credentials Board as well as other related fields.


ATG-6210-A / Art Assessment and Diagnosis / Fall 2016

Tuesday, 3-5:50PM
C. Bader

Art assessment and diagnostic materials will be explored through experiential sessions, didactic learning and casework. Students will learn the fundamentals of art therapy assessment, statistical concepts including reliability and validity, selection of the assessment tool and familiarity with a variety of specific art therapy instruments and procedures used in appraisal and evaluation, and gain an understanding of developmental levels, cultural factors, psychopathology and psychological health manifested in artwork and art-making. In addition, administration and documentation of art therapy assessment, formulation of treatment goals, objectives and strategies related to assessment and evaluation, including historical perspectives of assessment,
The art therapy assessments Diagnostic Drawing Series (DDS), Formal Elements Art Therapy Assessment (FEATS), The Kramer Assessment, The Bird’s Nest Assessment, the Kinetic Family Drawing (KFD), Silver Stimulus Assessments for Depression and Aggression, and the Bader Qualitative Depth Assessment will be taught.
This course is an in depth exploration of how to know a person through their artwork. All elements of art – how a person works, material choices, color, space, form, line, focal points, and symbolism – will be studied through experiential and didactic techniques. Students will learn indicators of sexual abuse in artwork, a well as acting out indicators and indicators of organicity. Work of patients is presented and discussed in depth as are a variety of different art therapy assessments.


ATG-6270-A / Multicultural Issues in Art Therapy / Fall 2016

Thursday, 12-2:50pm
V. Sereno

The effect of ethnicity and culture in the therapeutic process will be examined through case material, slide illustrations, didactic and experiential sessions. This course will explore cultural determinants of prob lems encountered in the field of art therapy, and provide a foundation of knowledge in cultural diversity theory and competency models applied to an understanding of diversity of artistic language, symbolism and meaning in artwork and art-making across culture and within a diverse society. Students will investigate the role of the art therapist in social justice, advocacy and conflict resolution, including theories of counseling and development of competencies essential for a culturally responsive therapist with regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status, developmental disability, education, family values and religious and spiritual values. Cultural self-awareness through self-assessment, strategies for working with diverse communities and critical thinking with regard to attitudes, beliefs and competent practice will be explored. Students will be encouraged to share their own cultural beliefs and attitudes in relation to the practice of art therapy.


ATG-6490-A / Family Art Therapy / Spring 2017

Thursday, 9-11:50AM
R. Grant

During this course, graduate students in the field of art therapy will become familiar with the practice of Family Art Therapy through a humanistic art therapy approach coupled with family systems theory. Conceptualizing family emotional phenomena within the family of origin allows mental health practitioners an entrée to helping families restore functional emotional balance. Students will be introduced to history and treatment theories of a number of well known practitioners in the field of family therapy along with specific art therapy assessment tools that help describe family functioning. Students will learn how to identify and use a variety of treatment approaches with art therapy interventions for traditional and non- traditional family constellations affected by the many complexities of family life including but not limited to addictions, mental illness, physical and developmental disabilities and trauma. Lecture, selected readings, case studies, art experientials, genograms, role-play and discussion will all be part of the learning experience.


ATG-6520-A / Community Access Through the Arts/ Spring 2017

Tuesday, 3-5:50pm
V. Sereno

The professional role as an art therapist, with regard to function and relationships with other mental health providers, including knowledge of professional organizations, credentialing and licensure, public policy, advocating for the profession and client advocacy will be explored. Students will learn how to create an in-service presentation, which will include didactic materials and client work, to appeal to various audiences. Alternatives to traditional methods of psychotherapeutic treatment will be explored, such as psychosocial clubs, peer-led support groups and consumer-run centers. Field visits will be included for observation and presentation purposes. Students will receive instruction in preparing to enter the job market, including practice in resume writing and professional interviewing skills. Occupational counseling, career development theory, information and resources, diversity factors, supervision and ethical and legal issues and the development of art therapy-based career counseling will be covered, along with knowledge and skills considered essential in enabling individuals and organizations to positively affect career development and aptitude.


ATG-6823-A / Art Therapy Exhibition & Social Justice / Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

Fall - Thursday, 10:30-11:30am
Spring - Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm
E. DelliCarpini

Students will plan, curate, install, and de-install the MPS Art Therapy Department’s annual spring exhibition. Students will learn how to organize a gallery space that encourages reciprocal community engagement through art. In addition to traditional object-based work, art will include collaborative and participatory opportunities for internship site participants, the SVA community, and the general public to safely share diverse perspectives and contradict social hierarchies. Social justice and socially engaged art practices will be applied within an art therapy framework to facilitate this process. The ethics and legal policies involved in art therapy exhibition will be addressed.