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Creative Arts in the Helping Professions

Semester and Year SP 2008
Course Number K40.1115
Section 001
Days Thu
Time 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


This workshop explores the uses of drama, dance, visual arts, music and poetry within the health care professions, serving children to geriatric populations. Against a theoretical background of the psychological needs of mentally and physically ill individuals, the creative processes of the arts are experienced as they can humanize, sensitize, ameliorate, and liberate expressive capacities. Activities drawn from each art form are tried out, sometimes blended, and adapted for diverse age groups and needs. The workshop provides substantial background for artists, artist-educators, leisure studies majors, as well as others interested in exploring an ancillary or major career in the arts therapies. Employment possibilities are discussed, as well as professional organizations and registry requirements for further in-depth training. The workshop also includes selected books and visits by working arts therapists.

Course Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

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