Important Note: Spots are limited. An application is required, which you will receive by email. The Umbra Institute will not be able to guarantee enrollment to all that apply.
This course has two main academic components: one experiential (practicum) and one reflective (seminar). The practicum provides you with direct experience in an inclusive professional setting for 3 hours per week. The seminar meets every week for 1.5 hours to explore disciplinary theory through readings, discussions, and personal reflection.
Art therapy uses different forms of creative expression to help people explore and transform feelings, thoughts, and ideas. It can help to process and cope with emotional issues as well as facilitate self-awareness, understanding, healing, and well-being. Art therapy can be especially helpful for people who find it difficult to talk about their thoughts and emotions.
During the seminar, you will be introduced to the field of Art Therapy including its history, theory, and application in various settings. In the practicum, you will put theory into practice at Fontenuovo Elderly Residence Home by designing and facilitating art therapy activities for residents and their families. At the end of the semester, you will present your practicum experience to the Umbra community.
By the end of this course, you will:
- have an understanding of the profession of art therapy;
- be familiar with art therapy history, theories, and applications;
- have gained hands-on experience with the creative process as visual expression and as an approach to therapy and healing;
- be able to describe, analyze, reflect, and evaluate your experiences of art therapy;
- have developed a more reflective understanding of your personal beliefs, values, and judgments about human nature, health, and wellness;
- be able to recognize the value of emotions when expressing non-verbally; and
- have acquired a deeper understanding of different methods and mediums of self-expression.
Handbook of Art Therapy, Cathy Malchiodi.