Creative Therapies: An Introduction


In this course, an overview is given of the creative therapies, which are differentiated from the expressive therapies. The history of the creative therapies is briefly traced, the unique characteristics of creative therapies are described, and myths surrounding them are debunked. Each of the five included therapies ‐ art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, psychodrama or drama therapy, and bibliotherapy/poetry therapy ‐ is examined, with a discussion of its definitions, purposes/benefits, the issues for which it is deemed to be most effective, precautions for its use, and results of any research into its effectiveness.



Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to: Define the therapies which are generally included as "creative therapies" and list those therapies that are considered "expressive" but not creative therapies; state the therapeutic purpose(s) served by: art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy or psychodrama; bibliotherapy/poetry therapy, trace the chief historical developments, which have seen creative therapies come to be adjuncts to health/medical treatment. Debunk at least three myths that have arisen regarding the use of creative therapies in counseling and psychotherapy; name at least four characteristics of creative therapies which are considered to be unique (that is: not always found in strictly verbal therapies); delineate the precautions or limitations to using creative therapy interventions in counseling and psychotherapy




Level: 1

Duration (hrs): 3

Author: Dr Meg Carbonatto

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