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Course Contents

 Art & Psychotherapy • Art As A Psychotherapeutic Force • Systematic Step By Step Procedure of Psychotherapy / System of Psychotherapy • Definitions of Art Therapy • Scope & Benefits of Art Therapy • Characteristics of Art Therapist • Art Therapy: A Brief History  Art Therapy In Groups • Why Use Group Work • Different Types of Purposes In Groups • Different Styles of Art Therapy Group Work • Theme a) No Theme b) Using Themes c) Flexibilities in Theme  How To Run A Group • Setting Up The Group a) Therapists And Co therapists b) Therapy Room c) Time d) Materials e) Members of Group • Equal Opportunities • Outside Factors Affecting The Group a) Institutional Factors b) Physical Factors c) Clientele d) Feelings  Brief Study of Mental Disorders • Anxiety Disorders • Somatoform Disorders • Alcohol And Other Substance Use Disorders • Mood Disorders • Psychotic Disorders • Mental Retardation  Brief Study of Other Psychotherapies • Behavior Therapy (B.T) • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (C.B.T) • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (R.E.B.T) • Client Centered Therapy (C.C.T) • Gestalt Therapy (G.T)

Course Synopsis

It is a theory based subject which focuses on the link between art and psychology. It explores art therapy in groups, study of mental disorders and psychotherapies in relation to the work of art.

Course Learning Outcomes

The course aims to teach the students to develop the ability to effectively use the study of psychology and visual perception for a greater understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Upon completion of the course, the students are able to: (a) understand and effectively deal with the contradictory nature of the issues involved in assigning meaning to what we perceive, (b) apply some guiding psychological and perceptual principles to interpret and explain art, (c) employ one’s ever increasing awareness of perceptual processes to more fully realize the capacity to perceive, (d) comprehend how psychology, the science of behavior and experience, is used to illuminate the process of creating and/or experiencing art, and then apply that understanding to both the analysis of art and other human experiences, (e) analyze visual perception from the perspective of it being a process of reality construction, and, (f) understand that vision is not simply the passive mechanical recording of individual elements, but rather the active apprehension of significant structural patterns.

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