CTH5200EN - Seminar in Creative Arts Therapy

Course description

Through reading, discussion, and experience students gain understanding of a wide range of creative arts modalities and therapeutic approaches. Students may elect to focus on one specific type of creative arts therapy: Art (drawing, painting, sculpting), poetry, journaling, storytelling, dance/movement, sand play, music (instruments and singing) that they are most interested in exploring. Students will also research the various creative arts professional organizations that exist and determine the qualifications for becoming certified, if desired.

How this course benefits students

The course examine concepts in creative art therapies and allows students to place an emphasis upon the type of creative arts therapy in which they are most interested. It addresses various creative art modalities allowing students from varying creative arts interests to be customize their assignments accordingly. Student practitioners share their learning experiences with their classmates through peer learning approaches. The course also introduces students to the various professional organizations that are available. The course may fulfill the requirements for the NADTA credential.

Why this course is important

Creative arts, by nature and definition, is an experiential medium. Students will be equipped to take the lessons learned from the course and apply them directly in their church or missional assignments.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Creative Therapy
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will rest on the Psalms that encourage us to praise the Lord with music and dancing (Psalm 149:3, 150:4).

Missionally driven

This course will encourage missional leaders to find creative ways to share the gospel that go beyond words.

Contextually informed

This course will consider how to share the gospel in a non-linguistic context. While words may be used in songs, the focus will be more on the emotional aspect of the arts.

Interculturally focused

The arts transcend language barriers. This course will help students to use skills that speak to all cultures by improving their ability to show, not tell.

Practically minded

This course is practical in the sense that it encourages all types of creative arts approaches. There is something for everyone

Experientially transformed

it will appeal to many students and the people they reach.