COUN5821 Creative Therapies

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One trimester

Level: 2nd year

Credit points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: COUN5131 Counselling Practice and COUN5141 Counselling Theories

Mode(s) of delivery: On Campus and Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Elective

Unit description

Creative therapies work with various forms of expression – beyond words alone – to support positive therapeutic outcomes. In this unit students are introduced to the use of a range of creative mediums such as paint, clay, collage and sandplay to encourage clients to express their subjective experience.

Through the development of a creative arts portfolio using Mahara software as a personalised learning environment students will understand the effectiveness of creative play in accessing nonverbal experience.

Students will apply the skills of creative therapy in counselling practice sessions and evaluate the effectiveness of creative therapies for the enhancement of client wellbeing.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a)       assess individuals presenting for counselling holistically and enhance wellbeing through the use of creative therapies

b)       apply creative mediums such as paint, clay, collage and sandplay to encourage clients to express their inner world

c)       understand the importance of creative play in accessing non verbal experience

d)       evaluate the evidence base of creative therapies

e)       reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of creative therapies

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here


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