MURDOCH University has opened a new space at the Mandurah campus for its postgraduate Creative Arts Therapies course – the only university-level qualification of its kind in WA.
The new space is tailored for artistic expression within classes, through art, drama, music, writing and dance therapy.
Art Therapy lecturer Fiona Gardner from the School of Health Professions said the course was suited to professionals from fields such as the arts, counselling, teaching, social work or psychology to foster expression, self-awareness and insight in their clients.
“The arts are understood to play a central role in human culture,’’ she said.
“Working with each person’s potential for growth and creative expression, the course ensures the arts are central to the therapeutic process.”
On completion of the Australian Counselling Association accredited course, graduates can go on to work in schools, hospitals, prisons and aged care facilities and work with clients experiencing psychiatric and mental illness, trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, Alzheimer’s and a range of disabilities.
The course is fully delivered from the Mandurah campus and can also be taken at the Murdoch South campus for all but two units.