CTH6230 Creative Arts Therapy Professional Ethics

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. J.L. Guerriero

Course Description:

Students gain a working knowledge of the Code of Ethics for various creative arts associations, including the North American Drama Therapy Association, the American Musical Therapy Association, and the American Art Therapy Association, as well as general standards for ethical practices in the psychotherapy and counseling fields. Key ethical or legal issues encountered in the internship or drawn from readings are examined. A cross-cultural counseling section will be included in this course. Potential situations are sociodramatically presented and discussed.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course examines various laws and rules concerning ethics in creative therapies using case studies and sociodramatic presentations. It allows students to place a greater emphasis upon the type of creative arts therapy of their interest and incorporate examples drawn from their own experiences. Students will evaluate the ethics statements of various professional associations and discuss their relative strengths and weaknesses.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course will cover ethics from a philosophical, Christian, and professional perspective. Students will learn the Code of Ethics for the NADTA, AMTA, AATA/ATCB as well as several masters-level counseling professions (LCSW, LMHC, LMFT). This course may possibly be used as an elective to pursue the Registered Drama Therapist credential with the North American Drama Therapy Association.