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Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy

KEY FACTS

Course Code: 094685K CRS1400328
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy
Duration: 3 years full time.

Next Intake February 2019

October 2018 intakes are open in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane only

Course Structure

This qualification is FEE-HELP approved for eligible applicants.
*Applications close 2 weeks prior to the above listed commencement date.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy is designed to provide graduates with a broad and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of psychotherapy, with specific emphasis on the underlying principles and concepts of Arts Psychotherapy.

Course Sequencing and Structure

There are a total of 24 Units plus a 480-hour placement.
See below for the course sequencing and structure:
Course Subjects
Year 1, Trimester 1

  • Foundations in Arts Psychotherapy
  • Qualities in Art Making and Media
  • Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing 1

Year 1, Trimester 2

  • Arts Modalities in Therapy 1 (Materials)
  • Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 1
  • Arts Therapy – Intermodal Approach

Year 1, Trimester 3

  • Arts Modalities in Therapy 2 (Modalities)
  • Ethics and Politics in Psychotherapy
  • Foundations of Professional Competency

EXIT POINT FOR DIPLOMA OF ARTS PSYCHOTHERAPY

Year 2, Trimester 1

  • Arts Psychotherapy in Practice (Groups)
  • Introduction to Mental Health: Wellbeing and Distress
  • Creativity and Mental Health

Year 2, Trimester 2

SELECT ELECTIVE FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

  • Creative Art Modalities – Introduction to Drama Therapy
  • Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations – Psychotherapy with Young People
  • Social Ecology – Eco-psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Theory and Practice – Dream Symbols in Psychotherapy

REMAINING SUBJECTS:

  • Understanding Systems in Psychotherapy
  • Life Span Development

Year 2, Trimester 3

  • Clinical Supervision 1
  • Practicum 1 (120 hrs)
  • Practicum 2 (120 hrs)

EXIT POINT FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN ARTS PSYCHOTHERAPY

Year 3, Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Research Methods

SELECT ELECTIVE FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

  • Creative Art Modalities – Introduction to Dance and Movement Therapy
  • Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations – Psychotherapy with People with Addictive Behaviours
  • Social Ecology – Art and Social Change
  • Transpersonal Theory and Practice – Eastern Practice and Western Psychology

SELECT ELECTIVE FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

  • Creative Art Modalities – Introduction to Voice and Sound Therapy
  • Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations – Psychotherapy with People with Disabilities
  • Social Ecology – Indigenous Approaches to Wellbeing
  • Transpersonal Theory and Practice – Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing 2

Year 3, Trimester 2

  • Practicum 3 (120 hours)
  • Clinical Supervision 2
  • Practicum 4 (120 hours)

Delivery Format

Course delivery will be through a combination of facilitated classroom training, out of class self directed learning and on-the-job placement.

There are 3 subjects per trimester, with 3 trimesters in years 1 & 2, and 2 trimesters in year 3 allowing for completion of assessments and clinical placement in years 2 & 3.

  • Year 1, 3 trimesters of 13 weeks each
  • Year 2, 3 trimesters of 13 weeks each
  • Year 3, 2 trimesters of 13 weeks each plus completion of assessments and clinical placement

This qualification has been designed with PACFA eligibility requirements in mind. Students are eligible to apply for Association membership with PACFA, ANZACATA and the ACA.

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Graduate Pathways

The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy will cater for:

  • Students with no prior learning in Arts Psychotherapy.
  • Students who have completed an accredited art therapy Diploma or Advanced Diploma and wish to further expand their knowledge in this area. If you have previously studied an Ikon Counselling / Art Therapy VET qualification.

The Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy provides students with a clear pathway, directly engaging in Arts Psychotherapy for the entirety of their training, and providing a sound undergraduate foundation upon which to build further, higher level training.

The foundational subjects will also provide a solid grounding for other specialised modalities including dramatherapy, and dance/movement therapy, studied at a post graduate level.

In conjunction with the Ikon Diploma / Advanced Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma, the Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy provides a progressing academic training pathway that offers individuals a structured method to become an accredited arts psychotherapist.

Entry Requirements

If you are aged 21 years or over:

  • Application will be through completion of a course enrolment form and,
  • Complete a Bachelor Applicant Questionnaire

You must be at least 18 years of age at course commencement and if you are under 21 years of age must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Minimum ATAR 65 or equivalent
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma
    or Associate Degree
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree and
  • Complete a Bachelor Applicant Questionnaire.

All applicants are subject to an interview.

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