Creative Arts in Therapy: Integrating Music and Dance into Counseling and Healthcare

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This cognate is designed to give students an understanding of how the creative arts are integrated as treatment in mental health, rehabilitation, and medical settings. Students will learn how art-based expression, communication, and engagement is therapeutic and essential for people coping with various developmental, physical, and psychological impairments.

Course Options: Dance and Music Therapy

At least one:

  • DAN 290 Introduction to Dance Therapy (2 credits)
  • DAN 291 Dance Therapy (3 credits)
  • MED 159 Intro to Music Therapy (2 credits)

Course Options: Understanding Dance and Music

At most two:

  • MCY 131 Understanding music (3 credits)
  • DAN 190 Dance Improvisation (2 credits) 

Course Options: Counseling and Psychology

At most two:                                       

  • EPS 201 Psychosocial Change and Well-Being (3 credits)
  • EPS 311 Group Process and Development (3 credits)
  • EPS 420 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 credits)
  • PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Prerequisite: C- or higher in PSY 110.
  • PSY 271 Stress Management (3 credits)
  • Prerequisite: C- or higher in PSY 110.
  • PSY 260 Personality Psychology (3 credits)
  • Prerequisite: C- or higher in PSY 110.