CREARTH Course Descriptions


About Contact Hours:

Typical college classes meet for 3 hours per week for one semester with one semester being approximately 15 weeks long. This means that one college course, on average, is 45 contact hours. When a class is offered online, the online learning tasks for each week must be the equivalent of the work a student would do for the 3 hours they would be sitting in class each week.


CREARTH online classes are 30 contact hours, 6 contact hours, or 3 contact hours.


30 Contact Hour Classes:


CREARTH 01  Documentation & Records Management

This course focuses on the purpose and role of clinical documentation and recordkeeping at the micro (individual client), mezzo (groups), and macro (agency) levels. Through assigned readings, written exercises, and exams students will learn the necessary documentation and recordkeeping skills to maintain legally informed and HIPAA compliant healthcare documentation and records. Areas of focus include but are not limited to the contents of a good record, writing a good record, client confidentiality, the limits of confidentiality, appropriate intake and exit documentation, the documentation of individual, group, and family client sessions. | Required book for this course


CREARTH 02  Assessments in Creative Arts Therapy

Students explore assessing and Creative Arts Therapy assessments from an intermodal Creative Arts Therapy perspective and their significance in intake, information gathering, ongoing evaluations, goal setting, treatment planning, and interventions. Assessment tools will be examined with special emphasis given to how assessment tools can be adapted for different populations, identifying authentic Creative Arts Therapy assessment tools, and understanding their clinical applications. | Required book for this course


CREARTH 03  Intermodal Creative Arts Therapy Theory & Practice

This class explores theories of Expressive Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, intermodal Creative Arts Therapy, and how the different creative arts are used in healing. Through assigned readings, experiential exercises in multiple creative arts areas, and tests, students will examine the intermodal Creative Arts Therapy process, techniques, and their application in practice while addressing such issues as what art is and how people communicate through the arts, paying particular attention to the role of the creative arts and creative imagination in healing, health, and wellness. | Required book for this course


CREARTH 04  Culture & Diversity

This course explores issues relating to increasing cultural diversity and their impact on clinical practice. We will explore such issues as culture shock, adaptation, channeling behavior, and the arts as a bridge as we look at the systems of culture, the experience of our lived differences, and the impact this has on counseling, clients, and healthcare services.  Required book for this course and Required book for this course


CREARTH 05  Intro to Online Therapy

Intro to Online Therapy examines how technology and the internet have impacted counseling, therapy, and the therapeutic relationship. Issues regarding client confidentiality and HIPAA regulations, professional ethics, and maintaining a legally and ethically informed online practice will be addressed. We will explore the tools of technology (email, virtual, audio, video, IM), the ways in which they can be applied in an online practice, and how they affect intake, assessments, and interventions as we redefine our concept of presence in the digital age.


CREARTH 06  Theories of Holistic Care

Holistic medicine and holistic healthcare are based on approaches that consider the whole person—physical, cognitive, emotional, social, spriritual—and how these different parts of the self interrelate, interact, and impact reaching our optimal health. The primary goal of holistic health practices is to establish and maintain a balance in lives and in health through an understanding that something which affects one part of the person, or one area of a person’s life and health, affects the whole person. In this course students will explore theories of holistic medicine and holistic healthcare, while considering how they may impact physical health, mental health, illness, diseases, the disease process, healing, and the challenge of providing holistic healthcare supports in western medical models. | Required book for this course


CREARTH 07  Eco-Health: Illness & Wellness

Eco-Health: Illness & Wellness introduces students to the understanding of human life as simultaneously biological, cultural, social, and environmental. This course provides an overview of the human body, medicine, illness, the natural environment, and healing as complex systems that impact and interact with each other. Students explore the role of eco-health in our lives, our illnesses, and in healing–especially in the context of environmental illnesses–and how these impact counseling, therapy, the ways in which we provide services, and the services that we provide. |  Required book for this course


CREARTH 08  Intro to Soundscape Therapy

This course examines sonic environments—soundscapes—and their effect on individuals and health. Soundscapes to be explored include both natural and built environments and their impact and influence on behavior. Much of the human experience of sound is contextually based. Students will explore the positive and adverse effects of sound and soundscapes on humans as well as the relationship between sound and health, with the understanding of sound/soundscapes as multisensory arts experiences to be recognized and brought into the therapy experience as an authentic voice and as a tool for deepening insights and growth. | Required book for this course


CREARTH 09  Healing Spaces: Architecture & Soundscapes in Therapy

This course continues the study of sound and soundscapes begun in CREARTH 08 Intro to Soundscape Therapy. Students will explore different aspects of architecture, soundscapes, and the architecture of soundscapes through the lens of sound art and soundscapes as installations. Through examples of installation artwork, students will deepen their understanding of architecture, the relationship humans have with architecture in both natural and built environments, the shaping and crafting of installations, and the effect of these multisensory arts experiences on both clients and therapists and what we bring with us into the therapy experience.

Prerequisite: successful completion of CREARTH 08 Intro to Soundscape Therapy.


CREARTH 10  Horticulture, Health, & Healing

Horticulture is an area of creative arts that is practiced throughout the world. In this introduction to horticulture therapy, students will examine horticulture therapy in a variety of settings including mental health, medical, rehab, corrections, and long term care. Students will explore the role of nature and horticulture arts in healing and health, as a medium for creating and sustaining significant connections with self and others, and its effectiveness as a healing, holistic nurturing art and therapeutic modality. | Required book for this course


CREARTH 11  Writing as a Therapeutic Modality

In this class the potential of writing to heal is examined. Students will review research on writing therapy approaches, various theories of why writing therapy can be a powerful tool for healing, and studies about the beneficial effects of writing as a therapeutic modality. Through assigned readings, reaction/response papers, and experientials, students will explore the modality of writing and its effectiveness in therapy with different populations and individuals with various diagnoses. | Required book for this course


6 Contact Hour Classes:


CREARTH 20  Intro to Language Arts in Therapy

The creative arts area of language arts involves how we express ourselves and communicate using language–written, spoken, movement, and sung. Language is more than speaking. Language is a multisensory arts experience that uses and involves all of our senses. In this class students will explore what language is, how we communicate, language arts as a creative arts area, and the ways in which we can bring this creative arts area in all of its fullness into therapy.


CREARTH 21  Understanding Environmental Illness (EI)

Environmental illnesses are real, physiological illnesses that are affecting increasing numbers of people, across all populations. This course introduces students to Environmental Illness (EI) and to different EIs, (such as, mastocytosis, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), migraines, fibromyalgia, and more,) causes, signs, symptoms, disease processes, the patient experience, and current research findings. Through the various assigned learning tasks of this course, students will expand their knowledge and understanding of these very serious chronic illnesses and treatment possibilities.


3 Contact Hour Classes:


CREARTH 30  SOAP Notes in Counseling

SOAP Notes are a particular format for written documentation that is commonly used within the nursing and medical professions. SOAP Notes are a succinct and clear approach for documenting authentic client information, assessments, interventions, goals, and the ongoing reviews and updates of goals and interventions. SOAP Notes are a highly effective method for clinical note taking and recordkeeping that can be used in any clinical practice.


CREARTH 31  Creative Arts Therapy in an Online Practice



CREARTH 32  Intermodal Creative Arts Therapy & Anxiety: Working through the Moments

In this class students will examine how the creative arts can be used when working with clients with anxiety. Anxiety and issues related to anxiety cross many different populations–children, adults, elders, adolescents–and can be a common co-diagnosis accompanying diagnoses of autism, bipolar disorder, depression, and more. Creative Arts Therapy areas of focus include but are not limited to language arts (writing, literature), visual arts, music and sound arts. Students will be provided with strategies and materials to use in their practice as well as sample intermodal directives and experientials to use and share with clients experiencing issues of anxiety.


CREARTH 33  Intermodal Creative Arts Therapy & Chronic Illness: The Redefining of Self

In this class students will examine what it means to have a chronic illness, how chronic illness can impact lives, the ways in which how we define who we are, our self-worth and self-estee, how these are impacted through chronic illness, and how chronic illness is approached and treated in the traditional western medical model of care. Creative Arts Therapy areas of focus include but are not limited to language arts (writing, literature), visual arts, music and sound arts. Students will be provided with intermodal Creative Arts Therapy strategies and materials to use in their practice as well as sample intermodal directives and experientials they can use as they support clients in their journey of redefining self within the context of chronic illness.



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