COUN5821 Creative Therapies

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One trimester

Level: 500 (2nd year)

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

Prerequisites: COUN5131 Counselling Practice and COUN5141 Counselling Theories

Mode(s) of Delivery: Blended

Core/Elective: Elective

Unit Description

This unit provides an opportunity to acquire knowledge, understanding and the associated skills of creative therapies to integrate into therapeutic practice. Students are introduced to the concepts and theories that inform this modality. These include a strong relational basis of either directive or non-directive approaches, trusting the client's inner healing capacities, accessing non-verbal experience via creative means, valuing client chosen metaphors and recognising that, paradoxically, clients get closer to painful and difficult experiences via a process common to all art therapies, aesthetic distance. Students learn to work with the client’s expressed metaphor, using creative materials, to enable the client to work through material that may not be possible using verbal means alone. By the completion of this unit students will have gained sufficient knowledge of the theory, methods and practice of creative therapies to integrate and apply the modality within a range of therapeutic situations and contexts.

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.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the Discipline of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.