The goal of this course is to provide exposure to and experience in the use of expressive arts within a counseling setting.  This course will discuss the background, history, and selected theoretical orientations of expressive arts with an emphasis on client-centered interventions.  This course examines the role of creativity, the creative process, and arts in therapy.  Students will be introduced to the study and practice of working with imagery, music, movement and dance, poetry, the visual arts, journaling, Sandtray, and play therapy as dimensions of the therapeutic process.  This course will discuss the use of expressive arts use with children, adolescents, and adults who may have difficulty in verbalizing in traditional "talk" therapy.  Experiential exercises will allow students to experience and practice techniques in expressive arts.  Students will participate in the creative role as well practice in the role of counselor.  Students need not be "creatives" or "artists" to take this course. They need only to have introspection regarding their professional counselor identity. Full participation is required.


As this course is a compressed educational course, there are no absences nor tardies permitted during the term. If you know in advance that there is a conflict that will impact your attendance, you should withdraw from the class and seek consultation with your Faculty Advisor.

If there is a conflict that impacts your attendance during this condensed term, you must withdraw from the class and seek advisement through your Faculty Advisor.