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Art Therapy and Aging

This course introduces students to the use of art therapy with older adults. The history of art therapy as a therapeutic modality and current trends in the field will be critically examined as they relate to the field of gerontology. Client/ patient assessment and the identification of therapeutic goals will also be addressed. Relevant factors such as dementia, end of life isues, the effects of stroke (eg aphasia), physical disability, loss/grief, and family dynmaics will be explored as they relate to art therapy. The concepts of "best practice", "the reflective practitioner", confidentiality, and ethical considerations will be examined throughout the course with respect to working with older persons. The inclusion of case studies, role play and art therapy experientials will provide students with opportunities to critically examine and apply relevant therapeutic skills. (lec 3) cr 3.

Huntington University