Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice 2017-11-29T14:35:01+00:00

Masters in Therapeutic
Arts Practice

Overview

This is a 3 year part time program.

The first 18 months
All students complete the first six compulsory subjects.
On successful completion of the compulsory subjects students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts practice or progress* into semester 2.

The second 18 months
All students are allocated study streams (Community Arts and Health, Education, Therapy, Research and Evaluation) that will include a work place practicum.

*Students will be required to gain a credit grade in the final two compulsory subjects to progress into a study stream.

On successful completion students will be able to choose either a tagged or an untagged award.

Untagged Degree
Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice

Tagged Degree Example
Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice (Community Arts and Health)

Study Sequence

YearSemesterSubjects
11Introduction to the Form of Inquiry
Embodied Inquiry
12Multi-modality
Form of Inquiry 1
21Working with Emotions and Values*  
Companioning Practicum*           
End of compulsory subjects.

YearSemesterSubjects
22Working Relationally
Companioning Practicum 1
31Attending to Process
Companioning Practicum 2
32Companioning Practicum 3
Elective Subject
Tagged award:
Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice (Therapy)
YearSemesterSubjects
22Form of Inquiry 2
Companioning Practicum 1
31Companioning Practicum 2
32Companioning Practicum 2
Elective Subject
Tagged award:
Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice (Research and Evaluation)
YearSemesterSubjects
22Working Relationally
Companioning Practicum 1
31Working Multi-modally with Groups
Companioning Practicum 2
32Companioning Practicum 3
Elective Subject
Tagged award:
Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice (Education)
YearSemesterSubjects
22Multi Modal Forming
Companioning Practicum 1
31Working Multi-modally with Groups
Companioning Practicum 2
32Companioning Practicum 3
Elective Subject
Tagged award:
Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice (Community Arts & Health)

Compulsory Subjects

This subject provides an introduction with the emphasis on attending to the nuances of moment to moment lived experience. Students will learn the MIECAT inquiry procedures and practice these as they companion fellow students in arts based inquiries.
Students will learn to apply procedures of the MIECAT form of Inquiry previously introduced to inquire into moments of significant embodied experiencing. The focus is on attending to and understanding body gestures, movement and non-verbal embodied expressions of energy and emotion.
In this subject students will further develop skills in the processes of multi-modal arts making, learn to describe their interactions with materials and demonstrate how their embodied engagement with tools and materials and the objects formed can create the basis of a richer, more meaningful inquiry into lived experience.
This subject offers students an opportunity to complete a research activity that locates the MIECAT inquiry within the fields of experiential arts-based research.
In this subject students will acquire companioning skills that aim to support understanding of and resilience in emotional experience, make links between emotions needs and values, to companion safely with appropriate boundaries and remain non-judgmental, descriptive and inquiry focused.
In this subject students will develop skills in companioning their peers and through supervision will be supported to become both reflective and reflexive companions/inquirers.

Study Streams

Following successful completion of the compulsory subjects, students will select from one the following study ‘streams’ Therapy, Education, Community Arts and Health or Research. Practicums will be located within work place contexts suitable to the study stream and except for students undertaking the Research stream (see below) practicums will be an equivalent of 1.5 days per week for 12 months completed in year 3 of the Masters program.

Education
Stream

The subjects in this stream emphasise working one on one but also with groups in contexts where there is a curriculum or a focused theme, as well as working emergently with others. The practicum would be located within a traditional learning setting (e.g. school, kindergarten), or in an informal setting (e.g. a neighbourhood house or community learning centre).

The subject focus is to develop the skills to work ethically and therapeutically within the patterned nature of relational experiencing using the procedures of MIECAT’s form of inquiry.
In this subject students will further develop practical companioning skills in relational co-inquiry that are introduced in Working Relationally. They will work collaboratively to inquire into their relationship and how this changes over time. Pairs will identify and express the content in the process as they co-companion and will endeavour to manage their emotional experience and identify the choices for strengthening the relationship.
The emphases in this subject are two-fold. Firstly students’ will develop and practice the skills required to introduce and implement an inquiry into already designated curricula using MIECAT’s procedures of inquiry, and secondly  to work emergently and collaboratively in a small group to implement an arts project.
The focus of these subjects is to develop practical companioning and arts based research skills in either a formal or informal educational context, (receiving supervision at the workplace and from MIECAT supervisors).
An elective (of 15 credit points) may be taken from the subjects offered in other streams at MIECAT, or from the elective subjects (Working with Children or Working Within Mental Health Contexts)  or a subject at another approved provider of higher education.

Community Arts
and Health Stream

The subjects in this stream place a greater emphasis on the arts and how working creatively can support health and wellbeing. Students will have an interest in developing their own and others’ arts practice as a therapeutic process. An additional focus will be on the adaptations of the MIECAT process as these apply to working within different art/s modality.

Students will be required to use MIECAT’s form of inquiry in their arts making and in dialoguing with and responding to the artistic forms as they are created. This subject comprises independent studio practice where students will document, report upon and present their processes and products of arts making to others.
In this subject students will companion another artist using their knowledge and experience of using the MIECAT procedures in arts making, developed in Multi-modal Forming and their understanding of the relationship between arts and health. Issues arising will explored in small group supervision.
In this subject skills in applying MIECAT’s procedures of inquiry will be emphasised in the context of small group multi-modal inquiries. One group project will be based on designated curriculum and the second small group project will be emergent arising from a collaborative inquiry undertaken by group members.
The focus of these subjects is to develop practical companioning and arts based research skills in a community arts and health context, (receiving supervision at the workplace and from MIECAT supervisors).
An elective (of 15 credit points) may be taken from the subjects offered in other streams at MIECAT, or from the elective subjects (Working with Children or Working Within Mental Health Contexts)  or a subject at another approved provider of higher education.

Therapy
Stream

The subjects in this stream are designed for those who are interested in working within a traditional therapeutic setting possibly within a hospital setting or a clinic that caters for people who have significant levels of un-wellness.

The subject focus is to develop the skills to work ethically and therapeutically within the patterned nature of relational experiencing using the procedures of MIECAT’s form of inquiry.
In this subject students will further develop practical companioning skills in relational co-inquiry that are introduced in Working Relationally. They will work collaboratively to inquire into their relationship and how this changes over time. Pairs will identify and express the content in the process as they co-companion and will endeavour to manage their emotional experience and identify the choices for strengthening the relationship.
In this subject students will work in an extended companioning relationship with one or two peers, and to maintain an ongoing reflective/reflexive inquiry as they inquire multi-modally into significant moments of lived experience.
The focus of these subjects is to develop practical companioning and arts based research skills in a therapy context, (receiving supervision at the workplace and from MIECAT supervisors).
An elective (of 15 credit points) may be taken from the subjects offered in other streams at MIECAT, or from the elective subjects (Working with Children or Working within Mental Health Contexts) or a subject at another approved provider of higher education.

Research and evaluation stream

This stream allows students to undertake a larger research or evaluation project and so has fewer core subjects. The practicum can be taken in any work context and extends for the equivalent of 2 days per week for 6 months, followed by 1 day a week for 12 months, thus allowing a greater scope for developing substantial arts based research activity.

The content of Form of Inquiry 2is designed to support students in developing a research project within their practicum work place. Students will be expected to negotiate with their practicum work place to develop a research project, to articulate their approach to this research, to consider the practicalities of implementing the project, to complete an Ethics application and demonstrate how they expect this project will contribute to their therapeutic arts practice.
In this subject students will be expected to work as a therapeutic arts practitioner and researcher within a practice context. The duration of these practicum subjects is 18 months in total.
An elective (of 15 credit points) may be taken from the subjects offered in other streams at MIECAT, or from the elective subjects (Working with Children or Working Within Mental Health Contexts)  or a subject at another approved provider of higher education.

Elective Subjects

Elective subjects have been included in the Masters program. Not all electives will necessarily be offered every year. This elective list may be expanded over time and students may also select an approved 15 credit point subject from another University or Accredited Higher Education Institution.

Subjects that are core subjects in other streams may also be taken as an elective subject by students.

Subjects Developed in 2016 as Electives

The emphasis will be on the ethical development of a therapeutic relationship with a child and their family members or guardian/s. Focus will be on understanding issues of attachment, how to negotiate ethical issues related to working with children and families and how to appropriately report on therapeutic arts practice within the family systems context.
In this subject students will examine the key elements of the Australian mental health systems and investigate information about the range of frameworks operating within these systems. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which therapeutic arts practice can contribute to and support other approaches to working with people experiencing challenges to their mental health.