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MPS ART THERAPY DEPARTMENT CURRICULUM 2014-2015

Degree Requirements

Successful completion of all course requirements
Complete a minimum of 60 credits
Produce a thesis/special project approved by the Thesis Committee
Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B)

The two-year curriculum for the MPS Art Therapy degree is interdisciplinary in approach, drawing from art, clinical and educational applications, and the social sciences.

The first year of study covers the general theory and practice of art therapy and is designed to help students understand the relationship between cognition, emotion and behavior as well as how these areas relate to art diagnosis and treatment. In the second year of study, students choose between two areas of specialization: addictionology and challenged populations.

First-Year Requirements
Course Number Course Title
ATG-5030 Theoretical Foundations of Art Therapy
ATG-5100 Child Art Development
ATG-5110 Adolescent Art Development
ATG-5130 Methods and Materials in Art Therapy
ATG-5150 Internship/Supervision in the Studio I
ATG-5155 Internship/Supervision in the Studio II
ATG-5180 Group Therapy and Practice
ATG-5240 Adult Development and Aging
ATG-5460 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM V)
ATG-5550 Interviewing and Counseling Skills for Challenged and Addicted Populations
Second-Year Requirements

Addictionology Track

Course Number Course Title
ATG-6060 Clinical Topics in Addictionology
ATG-6090 Physiology of Addictions
ATG-6120 Thesis Project I
ATG-6125 Thesis Project II
ATG-6170 Internship/Supervision in the Studio III
ATG-6175 Internship/Supervision in the Studio IV
ATG-6210 Art Assessment and Diagnosis
ATG-6270 Multicultural Issues in Art Therapy
ATG-6490 Family Art Therapy
ATG-6520 Community Access Through the Arts
ATG-6823 Elective: Art Therapy Exhibition & Social Justice

Trauma Track

Course Number Course Title
ATG-6120 Thesis Project I
ATG-6125 Thesis Project II
ATG-6130 Physiology of Trauma
ATG-6160 Clinical Topics in Trauma
ATG-6170 Internship/Supervision in the Studio III
ATG-6175 Internship/Supervision in the Studio IV
ATG-6210 Art Assessment and Diagnosis
ATG-6270 Multicultural Issues in Art Therapy
ATG-6490 Family Art Therapy
ATG-6520 Community Access Through the Arts
ATG-6823 Elective: Art Therapy Exhibition & Social Justice
MPS Art Therapy General Course Listings

ATG-5030

Theoretical Foundations of Art Therapy
Wednesday 1-3:50pm
Fall semester: 3 credits
Instructor: 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

Child Art Development
Wednesday 6-8:50pm
Fall semester: 3 credits
Instructor: T. Herzog-Rodriguez

The behavior of children – from birth through pre-adolescence – is the focus of this course. Through case presentations, readings and discussion, we will examine the physical, emotional and intellectual growth of children, and explore the psychological and physiological factors, as well as cultural and environmental influences that impact learning, creativity and personality development. Psychopathology and art therapy treatment approaches are included.


ATG-5110

Adolescent Art Development
Wednesday 12-2:50pm
Spring semester: 3 credits
Instructor: 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

Methods and Materials in Art Therapy
Monday 11am-1:50pm
Fall semester: 3 credits
Instructor: 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

Internship/Supervision in the Studio I
Fall semester: 3 credits
Each section limited to 8 students

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.

Course Number Day Time Instructor
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

ATG-5155

Internship/Supervision in the Studio II
Spring semester: 3 credits
Each section limited to 8 students

This is the second part of a two-semester course. Please see ATG-5150 for course description.

Course Number Day Time Instructor
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

ATG-5180

Group Therapy and Practice
Wednesday 3-5:50pm
Spring semester: 3 credits
Instructor: TBA

This course will assist in the development of clinical skills through an exploration of techniques and practices. Topics will include standards and methods of documentation, treatment planning, treatment team reports (oral and written) and case presentation. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical and experiential understanding of group art therapy techniques - group dynamics and process, counseling methods, leadership styles and approaches, member roles and behaviors, selection criteria, short- and long-term group process, therapeutic factors and stages of group development. Contemporary theorists will also be critically surveyed. In addition, research methodologies and design will be explored for thesis/special project preparation.


ATG-5240

Adult Development and Aging
Monday 9-11:50am
Spring semester: 3 credits
Instructor: E. Mikel

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.


ATG-5460

DSM
Wednesday 9-11:50AM
Spring semester: 3 credits
Instructor: M. Kraebber

Psychopathology, as determined by the DSM multi-axial system, will be examined in depth. Case material will be presented for each diagnostic category, and the clinical implications for the art therapist will be explored. Treatment approaches will be considered, as will indicators of functional and organic disorders in behavior and artwork of clients. Types of psychopharmacological medications will be covered.


ATG-5550

Interviewing and Counseling Skills for Challenged and Addicted Populations
Wednesday 9-11:50am
Fall semester: 3 credits
Instructor: 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.


ATG-6060-A

Clinical Topics in Addictionology
Thursday 6-8:50pm
Fall semester: 3 credits
Instructor: 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

Physiology of Addictions
Tuesday 6-8:50pm
Spring semester: 3 credits
Instructor: R. Obstfeld

A consideration of contemporary neurochemical theories of addictions. Neuroanatomy and physiology, and the use of psychotropic medication in the treatment of substance abuse will be examined. An in-depth look at theories regarding the genetic etiology of substance abuse will be reviewed.


ATG-6120

Thesis Project I
Fall semester: 3 credits

In this course, students will be supervised by art therapy faculty members in the development of a thesis topic. Each project must be clinical in scope, present an original point of view and include supporting documentation of its concepts and findings. In addition, students may opt to explore grant-writing opportunities. 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.

Course Number Day Time Instructor
ATG-6120-A Tuesday 9-11:50am E. McGann
ATG-6120-B Tuesday 12-2:50pm E. McGann
ATG-6120-C Friday 9-11:50am T. Herzog-Rodriguez

ATG-6125

Thesis Project II
Spring semester: 3 credits
This is the second part of a two-semester course. Please see ATG-6120 for course description.

Course Number Day Time Instructor
ATG-6125-A Tuesday 9-11:50am E. McGann
ATG-6125-B Tuesday 12-2:50pm E. McGann
ATG-6125-C Friday 9-11:50am T. Herzog-Rodriguez

ATG-6130

The Physiology of Trauma (TR)
Thursday 6-8:50pm
Fall semester: 3 credits
Instructor: 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

Clinical Topics in Trauma (TR)
Tuesday 6-8:50pm
Spring semester: 3 credits
Instructor: I. David

This course will offer a range of art therapy applications and issues, presented by a series of clinicians with specific areas of expertise. Client populations, treatment approaches and related professional aspects will isolation, trauma and chronic disease. Phenomena within the treatment setting explored will include interdisciplinary collaboration, co-treating, contribution to the treatment record, ethics and standards of practice. Students will gain a fuller understanding of the potential of the therapeutic arts discipline within the treatment milieu.


ATG-6170

Internship/Supervision in the Studio III
Thursday 3-5:50pm
Fall semester: 3 credits
Each section limited to 8 students

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.

Course Number Day Time Instructor
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

ATG-6175

Internship/Supervision in the Studio IV
Thursday 3-5:50pm
Spring semester: 3 credits
Each section limited to 8 students

This is the second part of a two-semester course. Please see ATG-6170 for course description.

Course Number Day Time Instructor
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

ATG-6210

Art Assessment and Diagnosis
Tuesday 3-5:50pm
Fall semester: 3 credits
Instructor: 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

Multicultural Issues in Art Therapy
Thursday 12-2:50pm
Fall semester: 3 credits
Instructor: 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 problems 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

Family Art Therapy
Thursday 9-11:50am
Spring semester: 3 credits
Instructor: R. Grant

Systems theory will provide the theoretical foundation for this course; family art therapy and strategic learning will be explored and experienced. To conceptualize the emotional phenomena within the family of origin offers practitioners the skills to maneuver in complex waters. When addiction, mental illness and physical disabilities exist within the system every member is impacted with a life altering experience. To restore a functional adjustment and balance is the goal of the family art therapist. Research, genograms, case studies and literature will be part of the learning experience.


ATG-6520

Community Access Through the Arts
Tuesday 3-5:50pm
Spring semester: 3 credits
Instructor: 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

Art Therapy Exhibition & Social Justice
Thursday 10:30-11:30am
Fall & Spring semesters: 0 credit Elective
Instructor: 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.