EXAT7005 (Core)

Group creative process and expression

Group dynamics bring their own challenges and opportunities to expressive arts therapy. Members of a group can influence creative expression in subtle or overt ways. The carefully attuned group expressive arts therapist has strong core knowledge in theories of group dynamics and how artistic process affects them. Particular attention will be paid to how to help group members provide verbal and arts-based feedback to each other within a safe and secure environment. Considerations for how to effectively facilitate group expressive arts therapy in terms of goals, structure, and outcomes will be further discussed. Learning to discern and identify systems and patterns, students will gain competency for how to further group process through the intentional application of expressive arts therapy. Specific strategies for engaging unwilling or disruptive clients will also be included. Assessment: 100% coursework