Expressive Arts and Integrative Therapies Certificate
The Expressive Arts and Integrative Therapies track provides foundation courses that encompass a range of emergent skills, techniques and modalities recognized within the clinical social work practice fields. In addition to the certificate, the program provides seasoned clinical professionals with an additional skill set to enhance current professional practices in the form of Continuing Education Credits.
Required Courses for Certificate
- ART 100
Beginning Drawing3 credits
Basic skills in life drawing will be covered. The use of line, shape, value, and composition will be explored as tools in visual communication.
- ART 210
Basic concepts of color theory and paint application
developing toward an increased sensitivity to both color
and formal relationships. Working from a variety of
figurative/ life sources, students are exposed to an ever
broader agenda of painting concerns. Frequent
discussions and references to both masters and
contemporary artists encourage students to recognize and
increasingly pursue individual direction.
- ART 220
This class consists of work from life (primarily the figure and portrait head) in wax and clay. Methods of casting the works in plaster, bronze, and other media will be introduced and practiced as needed. Students lacking specific experience in these areas will initially focus on acquiring the basic skills and techniques required when working from life. As students gain experience, emphasis shifts to concept development and the formation of an individual direction.
- HUS 230
Interviewing and Counseling3 credits
An introduction to basic counseling techniques with
emphasis on problem solving, solution-oriented methods,
and psychosocial assessment.
- SWK 331
Group Counseling3 credits
Focuses on the basic issues and key concepts of group
process for effective group facilitation with a variety of
- SWK 372
Introduction to Psychopathology3 credits
This course will explore mental disorders and dispel
myths and stigmas surrounding mental illness. Theories
and knowledge pertaining to psychopathology important
for social work practice in any setting will be emphasized.
The examination of strengths and limitations of
classification systems of mental disorders, including the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Fourth Edition (DSM-TR) and International Classification
of Disease (ICD-10-CM). Current research regarding
mental illnesses will be integrated throughout the course.
- SWK 440
Introduction to Child Psychopathology3 credits
This course will provide an introduction to mental health disorders frequently diagnosed in children. Examination of the impact childhood mental health disorders have on children, their families, and community. Emphasis on prevention and early intervention, as well as learning strategies to successfully work with challenging children in any environment. The importance of self-awareness and self-care will also be explored. Prerequisite: Junior and senior status.
- SWK 322
Fundamentals of Expressive Arts and Integrative Therapies3 credits
This course introduces students in the helping professions to expressive therapy history, theories, modalities and methodologies. Through assigned reading, class lectures, and experiential exercises, students learn the distinctions between expressive art therapies and traditional talk/verbal therapies, when the use of art is appropriate to augment clinical work and when it is not, and ethical considerations unigue to client art process and the art product.
- SWK 420
Assessment and Advanced Clinical Practice with Individuals Using Expressive Arts Therapies3 credits
Students will be introduced to specific assessment tools, techniques, and fundamental issues regarding diagnostic indicators which arise in expressive therapies. Using these assessment tools and indicators, students will also learn advanced practice skills in expressive art therapy, challenges in working with some populations, and self-care and burn-out prevention strategies through use of expressive arts.
- SWK 422
Equity and Social Justice in Expressive Arts and Integrative Therapies3 credits
Because of the cross-cultural appeal of art and other expressive vehicles, expressive arts therapy is well-suited to a wide range of clients in a wide range of settings. Art is also an equalizing media, making expressive arts therapy an inherently viable option for exploration of equity and social justice issues within the United States and internationally.
Through didactic and experiential exercises, students will become familiar with basic issues of equity and social justice. Students will also be introduced to expressive therapy prompts, directives and invitations designed to help clients process issues of inequality and/or injustice and illicit change in individuals, families, groups, or communities in which these issues have been problematic.
- SWK 424
Working with Families and Groups Using Expressive Arts Therapies3 credits
This class will focus on multi-client systems in which expressive therapies will be utilized to promote fundamentals of family systems and groups process theories.
Social Work Project and Thesis3 credits
A final project along with a 50 page, APA Style thesis describing the project, will be required of each student who wishes to complete the Expressive Arts and Integrative Therapies Certificate.
The project may coincide with a field placement or stand alone as separate event, which in some way incorporates Expressive Arts Therapies into a family, school, workplace, community or organization.
All tenets of the certification program must be included. Fundamental knowledge of expressive arts and integrative therapy, assessment, advanced skill, systems or group theory, and attention to issues of equity and social justice should be included in the project and final thesis.
Choose one of the following:
- ART 319
American Artist3 credits
This course will provide a forum for discussing issues
relating to the visual arts in America from the seventeenth
century to the present and to the political, religious, and
social histories that influenced them. Offered odd years.
- ART 161
Art History Survey II3 credits
A survey of Western art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present.
Continuing Education Program
If you’re already a credentialed professional, we also offer advanced skills training in Expressive Arts and Integrative Therapy. Learn more about this 30-hour continuing education program.
National Healthcare Decision-Making Day Featured Fontbonne Social Work Connection
The Fontbonne University social work department was a co-sponsor of the National Healthcare Decision-Making Day open house and expressive arts workshop at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield April 18, 2017.
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