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Sample Course Descriptions (MA)

Sample Course Descriptions (MA)


MA COURSE LISTINGS AND DESCRIPTIONS

(Course offerings are subject to change and not all courses are offered each term or each year. Be sure to check the online course catalog and the current class schedule for details about pre-requisites, terms offered, class fees, etc.).

Dance/Movement Therapy Theory I
This course lays the basic foundation of becoming a Dance/Movement therapist through understanding the principles, methods, and techniques of the early pioneers of Dance/ Movement Therapy. A historical overview of dance and psychology encompasses the bridge between aesthetic and scientific practices.
70-6110, 3 credits

Dance/Movement Therapy Theory II
This class is the second course emphasizing the foundations of D/MT. Students will create and practice D/MT techniques with infant, child, adolescent, adult, older adult, and geriatric populations, incorporating knowledge from normal human development and D/MT Theory I. Basic and complex affects are examined. Treatment planning is introduced. Prerequisites: D/MT I & Human Development.
70-6115, 3 credits

Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning
This course helps you build on earlier theory, drawing on movement observation, assessment and psychopathology within artistic and psychological frameworks. Emphasis will be placed on treatment planning, including one to one and group assessment, intervention, and the application of psychological paradigms in accordance with the Theories & Principles of Counseling course. Prerequisites: D/MT I & II, Observation and Assessment of Movement I, Psychopathology, Human Development and Theories and Principles of Counseling.
70-6120, 3 credits

Addiction Counseling
The etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addictions will be explored through bio-psycho-social models of theory and practice with addiction counselors and dance/movement therapists. Community learning through attendance at community support groups is essential for the completion of course requirements.
70-6125, 3 credits

Family Counseling
Students will survey various frameworks in couples and family counseling focusing on facilitating change in dysfunctional relationship patterns. Principles in Imago Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Communication Analysis will by covered. Emphasis will be placed on at-risk families that face challenging issues such as neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, trauma, acculturation, discrimination and racism. Effective treatment will draw upon different family system approaches and incorporate them into treatment planning.
70-6126, 3 credits

Social and Cultural Foundations
The course will introduce the social and cultural foundations of dance and the arts in healing and how this has influenced current understanding of dance/movement therapy and counseling. Included will be a creative exploration of the student?s culturally influenced beliefs about health, illness and healing. The impact of power, prejudice and oppression on the provision of mental health services to diverse populations will also be examined. Participation in community-based cultural dance events will be central to the learning experience.
70-6135, 3 credits

Introduction to the Body-Mind Experience in Movement

This course will provide an understanding of the biopsychosocial and spiritual states and processes, how they are experienced and manifested, both in the formation of the body and movement/dance. The anatomical, neurological, and kinesiological foundations of these states and processes will be studied experientially.
70-6310, 2 credits

Observation and Assessment of Movement I*
Students will learn and develop skills for observing, documenting, describing, and assessing human movement behavior. Students will learn foundational theory, principles, vocabulary, and philosophy of Laban Movement Analysis through kinesthetic, written, and verbal experience. *Prerequisite: Introduction to the Body-Mind Experience in Movement.
70-6315, 3 credits

Observation & Assessment of Movement II*
Students will develop skills for observing and assessing human movement within a psychotherapeutic context, using Laban Movement Analysis as a basis for clinical applications in Dance/Movement Therapy. Students will examine foundational theory, principles, and applications of The Kestenberg Movement Profile. *Prerequisite: Observation and Assessment of Movement I.
70-6320, 3 credits

Human Development
This class focuses on stages of development and developmental tasks in the life cycle spanning the prenatal period to our elder years and death. We examine the life cycle from various perspectives, including physical, cognitive, emotional, and social. Discussion will also focus upon how we construct/determine ideas of ?normal? and ?pathological? development. Throughout the course attention is paid to how genetic and environmental factors influence development with an emphasis on the impact of culture, creativity and brain development.
70-6210, 3 credits

Psychopathology*
Students will understand the basic biological aspects of mental illness, delineate the signs and symptoms of mental illness on clinical evaluation, and formulate a differential diagnosis consistent with DSM-IVTR criteria. *Prerequisite: Human Development.
70-6215, 3 credits

Theories and Principles of Counseling
An introduction to the field of psychotherapy and counseling, exploring alternative approaches and techniques presently used by psychotherapists and counselors. Students will be required to understand the relationship of psychotherapeutic and counseling techniques to the psychological theory from which they are derived.
70-6220, 3 credits

Clinical Techniques of Counseling*
Contemporary techniques of psychotherapy and counseling will be explored beginning with the specific characteristics required in all psychotherapy and counseling modalities. Major treatment modalities and how they may benefit the client will be explored. *Prerequisite: Theories and Principles of Counseling.
70-6230, 3 credits

Methods of Group Therapy
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This course explores clinical techniques in group process predominantly through Irving Yalom?s interpersonal approach to group psychotherapy. Inpatient and outpatient settings are addressed. *Prerequisites: D/MT I, II.
70-6225, 3 credits

Research Methods
This course is the first in a two-course series designed to prepare the student as a researcher and research consumer in the field of counseling-dance/movement therapy. The course will provide a basic review of experimental research methods and statistical analysis followed by an exploration of quantitative and qualitative research methods in ethical and legal contexts appropriate to counseling- dance/movement therapy.
70-6410, 3 credits

Thesis Seminar*
This course completes the two-course research requirement begun with Research Methods I. Students will continue to develop their research with a goal of completing data collection and finishing a first draft of their thesis. The seminar seeks to provide consultation and technical assistance, as well as offering group support and structure. *Prerequisite: Research Methods.
70-6415, 1 credit

Graduate Thesis*
Re-write and completion of the final thesis project will occur under the guidance of the thesis coordinator and outside reader. *Prerequisite: Research & Thesis Seminar.
70-6420, 1 credit

Professional Orientation Fieldwork
Professional orientation includes the following content: diverse organizational systems, administrative policies and procedures, roles and professional relationships, patient populations, daily routine, beginning documentation, beginning group facilitation, and the practice of counseling within the clinical setting and the broader context of society.
70-6515, 3 credits

Internship I/Clinical Supervision Seminar
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Internship entails supervised clinical placement in a mental health agency, special school, hospital or institution, functioning as a counselor-dance/movement therapist. An in-service must be given by the student to the site in which they are placed. The student will be on-site for a minimum of 350 hours. *Prerequisite: Professional Issues Fieldwork
70-6589, 2 credits

Internship II/Clinical Supervision Seminar*
Continuation of Internship I with emphasis on observation, assessment, and intervention skills. Students will work on their oral presentation skills, as well as written communication of the therapeutic experience. Attention will be given to the students developing theoretical framework. A minimum of 350 hours is required. *Prerequisite: Internship I.
70-6590, 2 credits

Lifestyle and Career Development
This course examines the creation of career patterns and the need for self care in the work place. Barteneiff Fundamentals will be taught for self-care training. Secondary trauma will be explored and the role body psychotherapies play in leading the field in the treatment of trauma. Decision making styles will be introduced through Movement Pattern Analysis. The introduction of basic career counseling theories and community resources will assist D/MT?s with referral choices and sources.
70-6600, 3 credits

Special Topics: Creative Arts Therapies
Creative Arts Therapies is a course that introduces the student to the use of the arts in healing.  Art, music, drama, poetry and story telling are the creative modalities that will be explored.  Professionals with expertise in one of the arts will guest-lecture in their field of specialty.  Emphasis will be placed on the creative process and the students’ personal experience within it.  Creativity theories and principles will be addressed.
70-5840, 1 credit

Introduction Expressive Arts Therapy
This course introduces students to the theory and application of expressive arts therapy, a multi-modal form of creative arts therapy, to the practice of dance/movement therapy. According to the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, "the expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development." The integration of dance/movement with other art forms demonstrates unvesality of the creative process across expressive media.
70-4830, 1 credit

Special Topics: Performance as Therapy 
Performance involves preparation through engagement on many levels, intrapersonally and interpersonally. It includes being immersed in the creative process, feedback on the emerging creation, and its integration. While there is an ongoing reflective dialogue between the process and the product, it also involves intense decision making and community building. This entire process is witnessed through choreographer/director, co-directors, and the self and culminates in being witnessed by an audience, both known, and unknown. This performance process, including rehearsals, will be explored for its therapeutic impact and value. Dance/movement therapy methods and technique will be  examined and expanded. Community projects will be introduced
70-5840, 1 credit


GL-CMA COURSE LISTINGS AND DESCRIPTIONS

(Course offerings are subject to change and not all courses are offered each term or each year. Be sure to check the online course catalog and the current class schedule for details about pre-requisites, terms offered, class fees, etc.).

Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 1-Laban Movement Analysis (LMA)
Physical exploration of Laban's comprehensive conceptual framework for understanding movement, encompassing bodily articulation, kinetic dynamism, plasticity, and spatial patterning (Body/Effort/Shape/Space).
70-6700, 6 credits

Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 2-Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF)
Practical, physical work with the system of body re-education developed by Laban's student, Irmgard Bartenieff. Fundamentals integrates LMA with philosophies of physical therapy to provide holistic approaches to functional issues, such as mobility, efficiency, and ease in motion.
70-6710, 3 credits

Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 3-Observation
The application of concepts for LMA and BF in assessing and recording movement for purposes of diagnosis, intervention and performance.
70-6720, 6 credits

Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 4-Professional Issues
Reading and discussion seminar examining the theory and practice of body/mind therapy, performing arts, and relevant applications of Laban-based movement study.
70-6730, 3 credits

Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 5
This extra one to two credit course is for students who have earned below standard grades (79%and below) and must repeat examinations. A faculty member will work with the student as a tutorial to assist in the re-writing of their examinations.
70-6735, 1-2 credits

 

MPAC COURSE LISTINGS AND DESCRIPTIONS

(Course offerings are subject to change and not all courses are offered each term or each year. Be sure to check the online course catalog and the current class schedule for details about pre-requisites, terms offered, class fees, etc.).

Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
This course provides a general overview of Rudolf Laban’s taxonomy of human movement.  Through didactic and studio movement labs students explore the body, effort, space, and shape; core concepts in Laban Movement Analysis.  No previous movement experience is necessary.
70-6699-01, 1 credit

Movement Pattern Analysis I
This course lays the basic foundation of becoming a Movement Pattern Analysis practitioner. Students practice advance movement observation and analysis, explore interviewing techniques, learn to construct and interpret individual profiles, conduct counseling sessions under supervision, and write reports.
70-6900-01, 3 credits

Movement Pattern Analysis II
This course continues development of skills needed to make and apply individual profiles. In addition, team analysis skills are introduced in the context of providing guidance to co-workers and professional or personal partners regarding their individual and composite decision-making styles. Students learn to construct and interpret a profile of a dyad team, conduct a pair feedback session, and write a team report.
70-6920-01, 3 credits

Team Building Practicum
This capstone course includes a theoretical orientation to team building and its application to practice. Pairs of students will complete a team building project in the community, applying the principles of Movement Pattern Analysis. They will analyze team members’ movement patterns and decision making processes, identify strengths and weaknesses of the team members and of the team as a whole, anticipate and share potential challenges team members might encounter when working with each other, suggest what work tasks might fit team members best, offer career guidance, and develop managerial talent.
70- 6930-01, 3 credits

ARTS IN HEALTHCARE MINOR COURSE LISTINGS AND DESCRIPTIONS

(Course offerings are subject to change and not all courses are offered each term or each year. Be sure to check the online course catalog and the current class schedule for details about pre-requisites, terms offered, class fees, etc.).

Anthropology of Performance
Course considers performance in the arts and performance of activities in everyday life in several cultures of the world, with an emphasis on ritual behavior, liminality, values, customs, and taboos. Anthropologists study human behavior in order to understand actions from the point of view of actors, using the ethnographic method to interpret significance and meaning in people’s lives. Course includes study of texts, film, and music from cultures in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.  
50-2170, 3 credits

Visual Anthropology
Course examines ways in which visual representations are manifestations of cultural values, customs, and actions. By exploring films, photographs, and material arts of a variety of cultures, course encourages discussion of key anthropological theories and concepts. Students will investigate relationships between what is seen and what is known, between sign systems and the communication of meaning, and between societies and their representations of self and other. Readings in anthropological literature on arts and semiotics, films on cultures (their interactions and their objects), and graphic representations from a variety of human societies are included in the coursework.  
50-3102, 3 credits

The Artist in Society
Course examines purposes of art, societies’ perceptions of artists, and the creation of society and culture by artists. Readings, films, discussions, and project presentations explore such questions asthe social functions of art, the use of art for advocacy by social groups, and patronage of the arts inthe U.S., Asia, and other countries. Students should be prepared to consider their own artwork inthe context of course materials and issues.
50-3101, 3 credits

Social Objects: Exploring Material Culture
The social value of physical things (sometimes called material culture by anthropologists) is often overlooked in the study of human interactions. Course will investigate how objects mediate relationships between individuals and social groups. Current theories in the anthropology of material culture will help students examine ethnographic case studies about the manufacture and the trade of objects from several different world areas. Students will be encouraged to develop broader understandings of the ways in which objects are used in their own lives.
50-3104, 3 credits

Creative Arts Therapies
Creative Arts Therapies is a course that introduces the student to the use of the arts in healing.  Art, music, drama, poetry and story telling are the creative modalities that will be explored.  Professionals with expertise in one of the arts will guest-lecture in their field of specialty.  Emphasis will be placed on the creative process and the students’ personal experience within it.  Creativity theories and principles will be addressed.
70-4840/5840, 70-6810J, 1 credit

Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy
This course introduces students to the theory and application of expressive arts therapy, a multi-modal form of creative arts therapy, to the practice of dance/movement therapy. According to the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, "the expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development." The integration of dance/movement with other art forms demonstrates unvesality of the creative process across expressive media.
70-4830, 1 credit

Performance as Therapy
Performance involves preparation through engagement on many levels, intrapersonally and interpersonally. It includes being immersed in the creative process, feedback on the emerging creation, and its integration. While there is an ongoing reflective dialogue between the process and the product, it also involves intense decision making and community building. This entire process is witnessed through choreographer/director, co-directors, and the self and culminates in being witnessed by an audience, both known, and unknown. This performance process, including rehearsals, will be explored for its therapeutic impact and value. Dance/movement therapy methods and technique will be  examined and expanded. Community projects will be introduced
70-4840/5840, 70-6800J, 1 credit

Arts in Health (interim description)
After a foundation of an anthropological understanding of the arts in culture and an introduction to the creative arts therapies, students will take “Art in Health”, which focuses on the therapeutic value of the arts within healthcare settings.  This course considers how art can promote and strengthen a sense of belonging, well-being, and cooperative, cohesive functioning of individuals and groups within such settings, while also positively impacting the environment and advancing the art form itself.  This course will look at the development of the arts in healthcare movement including theory and practice, professional development skills that an artist needs to bring into a healthcare setting including how to engage consumers in the creative process, and how to practically and creatively plan programming that meets the needs of the system, providers, consumers, and others who may be more indirectly connected to the system.  This course will be offered during the fall semester and is a pre-requisite to the final course of the sequence, “Arts in Health Practicum."
70-****, 3 credits

Arts in Health Practicum (interim description)
The practicum is a 3-credit capstone course during which the student gains experience in developing and implementing an arts in healthcare program within a specific system.  This is an opportunity for students to apply their art into practice in healthcare settings.  The student would receive supervision on site from staff as well as supervision within the classroom from a creative arts therapist.
70-****, 3 credits