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Art Therapy Psychology

All classes are offered every other semester unless otherwise noted.

GPY4100 History and Foundations of Art Therapy (1)
This course provides an overview of the history and foundations of art as healing. It will begin with an exploration of early images, sacred sites, and the role they have played in physical and mental healing. The discovery of art of the mentally ill and how Freud and Jung blended art and psychology will also be addressed. The major focus of the course will be on contributions made by Art Therapy pioneers and current leaders in the field to the development and practice of art therapy in diverse settings and with diverse populations.

GPY4178 Introduction to Clinical Art Therapy I (1)
This course explores the history and theory of art therapy, the counseling process, and psychotherapeutic techniques of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapist in a culturally diverse society.

GPY4179 Introduction to Clinical Art Therapy II (2)
This course incorporates presentations by licensed therapists and art therapists who have been working in the field and covers the counseling processes and psychotherapeutic techniques of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society.

GPY4200 Communication and Counseling Skills (3)
This course examines the counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and techniques of practice used by professional marriage and family counselors and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. The course provides an orientation to wellness and prevention, counseling theories to assist in selection of appropriate counseling interventions, models of counseling consistent with current professional research, and practice and development of a personal model of counseling. This course will teach students to be familiar with a broad range of matters that may arise within marriage and family relationships and prepare them to be able to apply a variety of effective psychotherapeutic techniques and modalities to improve, restore, and maintain healthy individual, couple, and family relationships.  Examination of areas such as self-awareness, feelings, self-concepts, implicit and explicit communication, and perception will assist in developing a greater understanding of interpersonal skills needed in therapeutic relationships.

GPY4205 Advanced Human Development (3)
Prerequisite: An undergraduate-level course in Human Development from an accredited institution (i.e., NDNU’s PSY2141)
This course examines the counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and techniques of practice used by professional marriage and family counselors and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. Course content focuses on human growth and development across the lifespan, normal and abnormal behavior, developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Varieties of effective psychotherapeutic techniques and modalities that may be utilized to improve, restore, or maintain healthy individual, couple, and family relationships will be explored. The techniques taught will include the counseling process in a culturally diverse society, an orientation to wellness and prevention, counseling theories to assist in selection of appropriate counseling interventions, models of counseling consistent with current professional research and practice, and the development of a personal model of counseling.

GPY4210 Methods of Group and Family Therapy (3)
This course examines the counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and techniques of
practice used by professional marriage and family counselors and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. Course content focuses on applying counseling principles of marriage and family systems and relationships. Students will receive training in a variety of effective psychotherapeutic techniques and modalities that may be utilized to improve, restore, or maintain healthy individual, couple, and family relationships. Course content will also include group counseling theories and techniques, including principles of group dynamics, group process components, developmental stage theories, therapeutic factors of group work, group leadership styles and approaches, pertinent research and literature, and group counseling methods. The course will teach students to develop and analyze clinical applications to family and group assessment and formulate treatment planning methods.

GPY4215 Principles of MFT (3)
This course examines the counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and techniques of practice used by professional marriage and family counselors and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. This course is an orientation to wellness and prevention and introduces students to a variety of family systems, counseling theories, and models of counseling used to assist in selection of appropriate counseling interventions that are consistent with current professional research and practice. The course prepares students to be familiar with the broad range of matters that may arise within marriage and family relationships and trains them in the application of marriage and family systems theories, relationship counseling principles, and methods. Students apply a variety of effective psychotherapeutic techniques and modalities that may be utilized to improve, restore, or maintain healthy individual, couple, and family relationships.

GPY4220 Psychological Assessment I (2)
This is a survey course in psychological testing where students are trained in applying variables in a culturally and socially diverse society. Topics to be covered include psychological assessment; appraisal; testing of individuals, including basic concepts of standardized and nonstandardized testing; norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment; statistical concepts; social and cultural factors related to assessment and evaluation of individuals and groups; ethical strategies for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment instruments; and techniques in counseling. Students will develop the knowledge and breadth of specific treatment and assessment issues relevant to special populations, clinical interventions, psychopathology, and other clinical topics.

GPY4225 Psychological Assessment II (1)
This course is a continuation of GPY4220.
This course is an art therapy assessment survey in psychological testing where students are trained in applying variables in a culturally and socially diverse society. Topics to be covered include psychological assessment; appraisal; testing of individuals, including basic concepts of standardized and nonstandardized testing; assessment techniques; norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment; statistical concepts; social and cultural factors related to assessment and evaluation of individuals and groups; ethical strategies for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment instruments; and techniques in counseling.
Students will develop the knowledge and breadth of specific treatment and assessment issues relevant to special populations, clinical interventions, psychopathology, and other clinical topics.

GPY4230 Psychopathology (3)
Prerequisite: An undergraduate-level course in Abnormal Psychology from an accredited
institution (e.g., NDNU’s PSY2157)
This course covers the principles of psychopathology and the diagnostic processes used in a culturally and socially diverse society by providing students with an integrated course of study that trains students in the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. Topics include differential diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic tools such as the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual; the impact of co-occurring substance use disorders or medical psychological disorders; established diagnostic criteria for mental or emotional disorders; and behavioral and psychosocial models of change. Students will examine the development of treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.

GPY4236 Substance Abuse: Theory, Treatment, Assessment (3)
In this course, students will learn about the major approaches and evidence-based best practices of identification, evaluation, treatment, and instruction in the definition of substance use disorders. Students will learn to apply the mental health recovery program of prevention of substance use disorders and addiction. Other topics include dual-diagnosis, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, the medical aspects of substance use disorders, the effects of psychoactive drug use, current theories of the etiology of substance abuse and addiction, the role of persons and systems that support or compound substance abuse, and addiction in the treatment of children and adults. Students will learn how to understand and evaluate high-risk populations with regard to substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders and how to refer and provide community resources that offer screening, assessment, treatment, and follow-up for the affected person and family.

GPY4240 Cross-cultural Issues (3)
This course covers the multicultural counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and techniques of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists and studies counselors’ roles in developing cultural self-awareness and identity development while promoting cultural social justice. Students will learn individual and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations and will explore counselors’ roles in eliminating biases and prejudices. Other topics include cultural competency, which includes understanding the processes of intentional and unintentional
oppression and discrimination, including experiences of race, ethnicity, class, spirituality, sexual orientation, gender, disability, and their incorporation into the psychotherapeutic process. Students will learn to integrate and understand how cross-cultural mores and values impact the individual in society while developing a familiarity with a wide range of racial and
ethnic backgrounds common among California’s population, including, but not limited to, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans. The effects of socio-economic position on how poverty and social stress affect the individual’s mental health and recovery will also be explored.

GPY4245 Human Sexuality (2)
This course covers counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and techniques of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists and studies counselors’ roles in developing cultural self-awareness and sexual identity
development while promoting sexual and cultural social justice. Students will learn individual and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations and counselors’ roles in eliminating biases and prejudices. Other topics include analyzing normal and psychosexual dysfunction; gender identity with attention to diagnosis of sexual problems; and major approaches to sex therapy using both verbal and nonverbal modalities. This course identifies experiences of race, ethnicity, class, and spirituality in the context of sexual orientation, gender, and disability and how these experiences are incorporated into the psychotherapeutic process.

GPY4251 Psychopharmacology (3)
This course addresses counseling and psychotherapeutic theories, the counseling process, and techniques of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. Students are provided with an overview and working knowledge of current evidence-based practices that utilize psychopharmacological and clinical interventions relevant to psychopathology and are shown how practices impact the clinical counseling relationship and treatment.

GPY4255 Professional Ethics and Law I (2)
This course covers application of California’s laws and professional ethics governing counseling processes and psychotherapeutic standards of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. Students will receive an orientation to the profession and study the ethical standards and legal considerations of counseling. Topics covered include licensing law and process; regulatory laws that delineate the profession’s scope of practice; counselor-client privilege; confidentiality; what to do if the client is dangerous to self or others; treatment of minors with or without parental consent; the relationship between a practitioner’s sense of self and human values; functions and relationships with other human service providers; strategies for collaboration; and advocacy processes needed to address institutional and social barriers that impeded access, equity, and success for clients.

GPY4260 Professional Ethics and Law II (1)
This course covers counseling and psychotherapeutic standards of practice and utilization of art therapy assessments by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. Students will learn the ethical and legal issues related to the practice of art therapy. This course is an adjunct to Professional Ethics and Law I and addresses aspects of ethics and the law as they relate to the Art Therapy profession.

GPY4263 Child Abuse (1)
This course is only offered during the Summer term.
This course covers counseling processes and psychotherapeutic standards of practice and utilization of art therapy assessments by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. Students will be provided training in the history and theory of art therapy and in the application of art therapy with people in different treatment settings. Other topics include group work, art therapy assessment, legal and ethical issues related to art therapy practice, process for reporting child abuse, child abuse coverage, and assessment and treatment using a family systems approach.

GPY4266 Domestic Violence: Assessment and Treatment (1)
This course covers counseling processes and psychotherapeutic techniques of practice used
by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. Students will learn how to work with bilingual clients and special populations, the impact of cultural factors, how to understand spousal or partner abuse assessments, and same-gender abuse dynamics. Students will develop knowledge of detection and intervention strategies, community resources, assessment and treatment planning, specific treatment issues, and application of counseling constructs.

GPY4268 Starting a Private Practice (1)
This elective course is offered periodically.
This elective course is for students who wish to open a private psychotherapy practice. Participants of this course will learn about the personal, professional, and ethical
considerations to confidently opening the doors to a private MFT/Art Therapist psychotherapy practice. Topics covered will include regulations for record keeping, how to provide service to a variety of populations, how to advertise a private practice, setting up an office space, benefits of joining a consultation group, using interns, payment scales, and how to handle taxes.

GPY4269 Eldercare in the 21st Century (1)
This course is an examination of biological, spiritual, social, emotional, and psychological changes that impact aging and long-term care in a culturally diverse society. Students will explore the myths of aging, assumptions about lifestyles, and the impact of societal views about care, application of counseling interventions, and treatment during the end of life. Students will be provided with tools and information to work with an expanding aging population to better assess the issues faced by aging people at different "stages" of old age.

GPY4286 Special Topics in Art Therapy (1-3)
Special Topics courses are 1-3 units and course topics vary each semester. Students are required to take a 1-unit class in Special Topics.

GPY4300 Art Therapy Techniques: Group Experience (1)
This course is only offered during the Summer term.
This is an experiential course integrating art therapy techniques and practices of group work.    Course content covers counseling processes and psychotherapeutic standards of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. Other topics include group counseling theories and techniques,
principles of group dynamics, group process components, developmental stage theories, therapeutic factors of group work, group leadership styles and approaches, pertinent research and literature, group counseling methods, and evaluation of effectiveness.

GPY4305 Art Therapy Techniques: Special Populations (1)
This course is only offered during the Summer term.
This is an experiential course, integrating and applying art therapy techniques with special populations in a variety of treatment settings. Course content covers counseling processes and psychotherapeutic standards of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society.

GPY4310 Art Therapy Techniques: Integrating Creative Arts (1)
This course is only offered during the Summer term.
This is an experiential course emphasizing the integration of creative arts therapies. Course content covers counseling processes and psychotherapeutic standards of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. 

GPY4315 Metaphors in Psychopathology: Children (1)
This course is only offered during the Summer term.
This is an experiential course integrating aspects of child development from a systems perspective and explores issues related to normal and abnormal development and attachment and the impact of trauma on a child. Course content covers counseling processes and psychotherapeutic standards of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society.

GPY4320 Metaphors in Psychopathology: Adolescents (1)
This course is only offered during the Summer term.
This is an experiential course addressing different treatment settings and group work while integrating aspects of adolescent development, issues related to normal and abnormal development and attachment, and the impact of trauma on an adolescent in a family system.  Course content covers counseling processes and psychotherapeutic standards of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society.

GPY4325 Metaphors in Psychopathology: Adults (1)
This course is only offered during the Summer term.
This is an experiential course integrating aspects of adults from a systems perspective, issues related to developmental growth and adaptation, and the impact of trauma on the adult.  Course content covers counseling processes and psychotherapeutic standards of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society.

GPY4348 Career Counseling (3)
This course explores the basic tenets of career counseling for vocational and occupational careers in the mental health profession. Students will learn about career development theories and techniques, including career development decision-making models and the interrelationships among work, family, and other life roles and factors. Special consideration is given to career education, career exploration, career choice, the role of multicultural issues in career development, and career counseling. Testing instruments, including appropriate achievement tests; interest inventories; aptitude tests; personality tests; and valued tests are reviewed.

GPY4350 Practicum I (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of all prerequisites in art and psychology, 30 hours of fieldwork, and 15 semester units of graduate course work, including GPY4255 and GPY4260
Corequisite: GPY4365
Practicum is a 700-hour nonresident, supervised clinical fieldwork experience, which provides the student with an opportunity to work with clients in an institutional or community setting within the licensing organizations’ scope of practice. Students are able to work with clients on health promotion and illness prevention while integrating ethical and legal practices under the supervision of a licensed professional. Course content covers counseling processes, psychotherapeutic techniques, and standards of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. The supervised practicum is in applied psychotherapeutic techniques, art therapy and psychological assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Art therapy techniques are applied in a variety of settings with a variety of dysfunctional and healthy-functioning relationship types, which include premarital, couple, family, and child relationships.

GPY4355 Practicum II (3)
Prerequisite: GPY4355
Corequisite: GPY4370
This course covers counseling processes, psychotherapeutic techniques, and standards of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. The supervised practicum is in applied psychotherapeutic techniques, art therapy and psychological assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment and integrates ethical and legal practices under the supervision of a licensed professional. Students work in a supervised clinical placement, which provides supervised fieldwork experience within the licensing organizations’ scope of practice. Focus is on application of art therapy techniques in a variety of settings and with variations in patient age, practice setting, and type of intervention to provide for specialization in competency areas. Students work to promote health and provide illness prevention while working with dysfunctional and healthy-functioning relationships, which may include couples, families, and parent and child relationships. Students must have both individual and group supervision.

GPY4360 Explorations in Sandplay (1)
This Special Topics course is only offered during the Summer term.
This course covers the basic tenets of Sandplay and its use in psychotherapy. The work of founder Dora Kalff is reviewed and discussed. There will be a study of Sandplay figures and their meaning, especially in the sequencing of trays, with a variety of patients. Experientials and the deepening of symbols will be included.

GPY4365 Seminar I (3)
Corequisite: GPY4350.
This small-group supervision seminar course provides students with opportunities to present cases from their practicum field experience and receive feedback from a faculty supervisor and other students. Students will review and apply legal and ethical standards of practice, develop and prepare weekly theoretical treatment plans, and deliver an oral presentation.

GPY4370 Seminar II (3)
Corequisite: GPY4355
This small-group supervision seminar course provides students with opportunities to present cases from their practicum field experience and receive feedback from a faculty supervisor and other students. Students will review and apply legal and ethical standards of practice, develop and prepare weekly theoretical treatment plans, and deliver an oral presentation.

GPY4384 Research: Methodology (2)
This course will prepare students for research and evaluation by exploring studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, and the use of research to inform evidence-based practices. The importance of research in advancing the profession of counseling and the use of statistical methods in conducting research, needs assessment, and program evaluations will also be covered. Students will learn the application of diversity factors relevant to research.

GPY4396 Research: Project (3)
This course will prepare students for research and evaluation by exploring studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, and the use of research to inform evidence-based practices. The importance of research in advancing the profession of counseling and the use of statistical methods in conducting research, needs assessment, and program evaluations will also be covered. Students will learn the application of diversity factors relevant to research.

GPY4397 Research: Thesis Completion (3)
This course will prepare students for research and evaluation by exploring studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, and the use of research to inform evidence-based practices. The importance of research in advancing the profession of counseling and the use of statistical methods in conducting research, needs assessment, and program evaluations will also be covered. Students will learn the application of diversity factors relevant to research. Students will produce a final Thesis or Grant Proposal as the culminating project.

GPY4398 Research: Thesis Extension (1)
The Thesis Extension segment is offered as an alternative to students who do not complete their thesis in the previous two segments. NOTE: An Incomplete grade is not permitted for this extension course. Students who fail to complete the thesis within the extension semester must reenroll in the extension course.

GPY4400 Trauma and Art Therapy Treatment (1)
This Special Topic course is offered periodically.
This course explores counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and techniques, including the counseling process in a multicultural society. It serves as orientation to wellness and prevention and introduces counseling theories used to assist in selection of appropriate
counseling interventions; models of counseling consistent with current professional research and practice; development of a personal model of counseling; and multidisciplinary responses to crises, emergencies, and disasters.

GPY4415 Explorations in Art Therapy Literature (1)
This Special Topic course is offered periodically.
An independent study review of classic and recently published literature in the field of art therapy.

GPY4450 Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (1)
This Special Topic course is offered periodically.
The Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT) course uses a mindfulness-based approach, which integrates psychologist Eugene Gendlin's Focusing with Art Therapy. This course covers basic approaches of FOAT, reflective listening, and application to a variety of clinical populations.

GPY4900 International and Multicultural Art Therapy Service (2-6)
Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy and approval of the Program Director
This is a course involving volunteer service for an international project, which will give participants a multicultural learning experience providing art therapy to a variety of diverse populations. Participants will work as a team in an international setting under the direction and supervision of NDNU Art Therapy faculty to implement art therapy interventions with individuals and families in need. Participants will embody the NDNU mission statement goals by providing service activities that empower and strengthen communities, increase social justice by actively partnering with local organizations, and foster a peaceful collaborative partnership while working collectively.

GPY6178 Introduction to Clinical Art Therapy I (1)
Explores the uses of art therapy in schools, special education, and psychiatric settings as well as in personal growth.

GPY6179 Introduction to Clinical Art Therapy II (2)
Continuation of GPY6178.

GPY6992 Supervised Field Experience (1-3)
Supervised practicum hours for MFT licensure that are not part of the Practicum/Seminar sequence. This course is not a program requirement. Approval is required.