CTH3210 Social Work for Creative Arts Therapists

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. J.L. Guerriero

Course Description:

Discusses the use of creative arts therapies at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work practice. Examines the creation of career patterns and the need for self-care in the workplace. Students gain an understanding of professional development as related to licensing and credentialing.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The courses acquaints the student with ways in which the creative arts therapies can be used at various levels of social work & ministry practice. It addresses various creative art modalities and their potential use in social work settings. The course provides an overview of the various professional organizations that are available, introduces professional licensing and credentialing options, and discusses various career choices and the need for self-care in the workplace. It reviews the pros and cons of becoming state-licensed practitioners as Christians and also reviews credentialing options as an alternative to state licensing.

Why This Course Is Important:

The course enables students to imagine how various creative arts therapy approaches might translate to the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work & ministry practice. This course will also examine career patterns, self-care in the workplace, and a detailed discussion about licensure and credentialing. The last part is important because many Christian practitioners decide not to become state-licensed for reasons of personal conviction. The final aspect of this course helps students to determine if they should take a licensure path, if they can operate in their state as pastoral counselors, or if they simply want to add a creative arts credential to their ministry efforts.