505 - Art Therapy Clinical Seminar: Culturally Responsive Counselling Skills & Ethics
3 credits / 40 hours
This course focuses on issues relating to ethical art therapy practice. This includes an exploration of the complex cultural influences in the therapeutic relationship. Therapist and client identity will be explored in terms of intersectionality: the interface between the multidimensionality of race, ethnicity, stage of life, generational influences, developmental and acquired diverse-abilities, religion and spiritual orientation, socio-economic status and class, gender identity. Students will be oriented to the pre-reflective process of preparing to work with specific client populations, considering common issues, needs goals, art therapy setting and relevant therapeutic factors. Students will learn ethical standards of practice and strategies for addressing ethical dilemmas. Students will also be introduced to the topic of suicide assessment and intervention in an art therapy setting and important protocols to follow.