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  • Objectives
    The Certificate IV Foundations in Arts Therapy is incorporated in this Diploma course. The course concentrates on the development of counselling skills using arts in therapy and to the creative process of inquiry into our life experience. It offers the skills and knowledge to develop and deliver therapeutic art programs across the community services sector. It is anticipated that the course will provide graduates with a nationally recognised qualification in counselling using the arts to promote health and well-being. Training combines both theoretical study and practical experience in industry. The Diploma course consolidates skills and knowledge acquired in the Certificate IV Foundations in Arts Therapy.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Arts in Counselling (Arts Therapy)
  • Course description
    COURSE OUTLINE
    Certificate IV Foundations in Arts Therapy is incorporated in this Diploma course. The Diploma course consolidates skills and knowledge acquired in the Certificate IV.
    The course concentrates on the development of counselling skills using arts in therapy and to the creative process of inquiry into our lived experience. It offers the skills and knowledge to develop and deliver therapeutic art programs across the community services sector. It is anticipated that the course will provide graduates with a nationally recognised qualification in counselling using the arts to promote health and well-being. Training combines both theoretical study and practical experience in industry.

    TEACHING METHODS
    The course comprises seminars and in-depth experiential workshops, all of which explore the nature of experience and the human condition. Making sense of our experiences, whatever the context, is essential to understanding our lives and to making appropriate life choices. The course uses a multimodal approach and students work with the various elements of the arts including: movement, sound, music, drama, drawing, painting and writing. Students are also introduced to the application of the arts as a form of inquiry, as a way of knowing and the stages of the creative process.

    CAMPUS
    Frankston

    STUDY MODE
    Full time: Wednesday and Thursday 5.30pm to 8.30pm, Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm

    COURSE DURATION
    Full time: Two years

    COMMENCEMENT DATE
    February 2009

    ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
    -Relevant study, work and/or life experience, a mature outlook on life, empathy, interest and concern for others,
    -personal commitment to self discovery and reflection, good interpersonal skills and relational capacities, interest in the arts, high literary and reading skills and a willingness to share experiences with others.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE
    Apply directly to Chisholm Institute. Applicants need to attend an information session where the course structure and entry levels will be clearly explained and participate in an introductory workshop to ascertain suitability for the course. This is a fee for service course. Enrolment will be processed through Short Courses.

    SELECTION CRITERIA
    Selection is based on suitability for working in the community services sector, compulsory participation in an introductory workshop and attendance at an interview.

    BENEFITS
    Students will gain new skills and training valuable for employment in the growth sectors of health and well-being, personal development, growth and life skills, training in counselling skills, learn/apply the creative process of inquiry as a means to discover and express, understand how arts therapy can be applied to various therapeutic settings, the ability to help others and a deep satisfaction and commitment to self.

    STUDY AREAS
    Year One
    The first year introduces the philosophy and skills incorporated in the arts in therapy and to the creative process of inquiry. The focus of the first year is the exploration of lived experience, the application of counselling skills and the development of arts programs that promote creativity, self expression and reflection for health and well being.

    History and Theory of Arts Therapy: 20 hrs
    This unit aims to describe the context within which leisure and health and arts therapy occur and the role in enhancing well being. This unit is an introduction to the history and theories of Arts Therapy and experiential learning. The Arts as self expression, awareness and reflection in therapeutic settings are explored.

    Foundations in Arts Therapy: 30hrs
    This unit explores the major approaches and psychological bases for counselling, human development and the application of the arts as therapy and self knowing.

    Arts Therapy and Group Dynamics: 30hrs
    This unit explores the key concepts and methods in managing interpersonal reactions and actions and the application of the expressive arts and other approaches to conflict resolution with individuals, groups and the workplace.

    Participate in Workplace Safety: 20hrs
    This unit covers the defined OH&S policies and procedures for a workplace or area and the scope of the responsibilities.

    Counselling Skills and Processes: 75hrs
    This unit provides a foundation in the interpersonal skills that are the fundamentals of counselling and therapeutic communication integrating psychodynamic, humanistic, expressive arts and other approaches. An emphasis is on the required qualities of empathy and openness needed in therapeutic relationships. The notions of self care, maintenance of personal space and boundaries are explored.

    Group Art Process: 50hrs
    This unit explores the application of art modes: – drama, storytelling, movement, role play in creating and facilitating effective group work through the creating and sharing of the art representations of the experiences of the group members.

    Elements of Experience: 80hrs
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to originate and conduct critical discourse about our own work based on lived experience. This unit also describes the creative process and the need for informed communication with others about the process. Includes theory and practice in understanding how the arts are effectively interwoven in the arts therapy approach and in developing a multi modal fluency. An exploration of our lived experience, the role our senses play, and the nature of perception. This unit also explores the nature and function of myths, symbols, image, colour and metaphor as ways of communication and self expression, and how we can use them to enhance our work in the fields of health and well being. The work of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and the symbolic language of art and text is explored. The application of creative writing process as a therapeutic tool is developed.

    The Creative Process of Inquiry: 50hrs
    This unit is an introduction to the arts as a form of creative inquiry, with an emphasis on qualitative research methodologies. A flow approach to arts therapy based on finding meaning.

    Performance- a multimodal approach: 50hrs
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with various techniques and multi modal processes for the realization of a performance work. Introduction to drama processes of embodiment, re-enactment and the application of performance to therapeutic settings.

    Multi Cultural Counselling: 30hrs
    This unit deals with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and cooperation with persons of diverse cultures. This unit explores approaches to counselling in multi cultural settings, inherent belief and value systems and the relationship of context and culture. The use of an arts approach is explored.

    Work within Legal and Ethical Framework: 30hrs
    This unit covers the essential guidelines for ethical practice and current government legislation and regulations.

    Year Two
    The second year builds on the skills and knowledge gained in the first year. The focus is on deepening the application of counselling skills incorporating a person centred approach, developing a multi modal approach to arts programming, the completion of a research study and a practicum in selected workplaces.

    Orientation to Mental Health Work: 20hrs
    This unit describes the context in which the fields of counselling and therapy apply in the mental health sector and explores the therapeutic relationship, processes and stages of counselling incorporating arts therapy.

    Develop the Narrative (Writing as therapy): 30hrs
    This unit describes the skills and processes of developing texts. Through the art of writing – poetry, prose, plays the unit explores our own lived experience. An integration of images, symbols and metaphors into a text to discover patterns and themes of lived experience.

    Drama as Therapy: 30hrs
    This unit explores the philosophy and theories that form the foundation for drama therapy and the application of drama processes and theatre techniques to the therapeutic setting.

    Applied Counselling Skills and Arts Therapy Processes # 1: 50hrs
    This unit focuses on the developing of a deeper application of counselling skills with emphasis on the client centred approach and the philosophy of Carl Rogers in order to provide support services to clients. The unit will have an in depth focus on the nature of creativity and experience in the therapeutic relationship.

    Arts Therapy and the Human Lifespan: 50hrs
    The focus of the work is assisting clients to address their own issues. This unit will explore the psychological and theoretical knowledge of human needs and changes during different phases of the life span, with particular emphasis on the work of Erickson and the nature of attachment as explored by John Bowlby.

    Applied Counselling skills and Arts Therapy Processes # 2: 50hrs
    This unit focuses on a deeper application of counselling skills. Includes working with the following approaches: gestalt, existential, cognitive – behavioural, solution – focused approaches. The application of the knowledge and skills required to facilitate the counselling process to encourage and enhance client growth. The exploration of schemas and issues such as depression and anxiety and the application of intervention techniques appropriate to the client.

    Implement Arts Therapy Program for Special Client Groups: 80hrs
    Identifying and responding to the groups and individuals with special needs and the application of creativity and arts therapy in the following contexts: Aged Care, Disabilities, Youth Work and Alcohol and other drugs

    Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management: 20hrs
    This unit reflects the skills and knowledge required to facilitate all aspects of case planning.
    Practicum: The implementation of an Arts Therapy practice in select workplaces: 80hrs
    This unit reflects the skills and knowledge required for working within a community development framework and includes a range of methods designed to strengthen and enhance individual and group expression. Supervised work experience with individuals or groups in community services, educational and other relevant settings.
    Presentation of a Research Study

    Reflect and Improve upon Professional Practice: 30hrs
    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to evaluate own work, continuing self development and supervision within ethical code of practice. Exploring forms of art therapy practice, professional development and pathways to further study and accreditation.

    ASSESSMENT
    Class participation and written assignments.

    FEATURES
    A practical and theoretically based course, conducted in a supportive learning environment. Graduates will be appropriately qualified to develop and conduct arts programs that promote health and well being in various community settings.

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
    Lifestyle Co-ordinator, Recreation Co-ordinator, Counsellor (Arts Therapy) in private practice and Community Services.

    FURTHER STUDY
    University degree courses in Creative Art Therapy. Graduate Diploma in Arts Therapy, Masters in Arts Therapy

    RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
    Where applicants can show evidence of prior qualification or experience in a related field, they may apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning). Even though this program is founded on competencies from the Community Services – Life and Leisure, and the Diploma of Art – Visual Arts, the delivery mode emphasis is the application of an Arts Therapy methodology and philosophy, hence RPL will be ascertained on a case by case review.

    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • Skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course.

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