Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option) MA
Entry into the program requires a bachelor’s/baccalaureate degree with courses in Theatre (24 credits or approved equivalents): Psychology (24 credits, which must include courses in Introductory, Developmental, and Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and a research methodology course to be approved by an academic faculty advisor, or approved equivalents); and An Introduction to Drama Therapy (3 credits). Since enrolment is limited, applicants are selected on the basis of a past academic record of no less than a B average, a 500-word letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants must submit documentation, which may include video material of their involvement in drama and theatre. Previous work experience in a clinical, rehabilitative, or educational setting is expected. Direct experience with the therapeutic process is highly desirable.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Requirements for the Degree
- Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete 60 credits.
- Courses. All students are required to take the following core courses (with a 3-credit value, unless otherwise specified): DTHY 600, DTHY 603, DTHY 604, CATS 610, CATS 611, DTHY 613, DTHY 614, DTHY 623, DTHY 624, CATS 639 (1 credit), CATS 641 (1 credit), CATS 643 (1 credit), DTHY 643, DTHY 644, DTHY 645, CATS 691, and DTHY 693. Six additional elective credits, to be chosen in consultation with an academic faculty advisor, are required of all candidates. With the approval of the Chair of Creative Arts Therapies and that of the cooperating department, some or all of the elective credits may be chosen from other graduate programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts, other faculties at Concordia University, or other universities.
Additionally, students choose to enter one of two streams of research in the program containing the following requirements:
CATS 689: Research Paper (9 credits)
CATS 698: Applied Research Project with Report (6 credits) and
CATS 699: Comprehensive Exam (3 credits).
- Practicum. In addition to the credit requirements, and as stipulated by the professional program approval of the National Association for Drama Therapy, each student must successfully complete a minimum of 800 hours (350 direct client contact hours and 450 agency hours) in the practice of drama therapy, under faculty supervision, in an approved practicum setting. The program emphasizes experience with individual, group, and family formats for therapeutic interventions. Students work with different client populations during the first and second year of the practicum.
- CATS 689: Research Paper. The research paper represents the formal culmination of graduate studies in the creative arts therapies. This paper includes a literature review and may also include methodology, specific procedures, research population or sample, data collection and analysis, as appropriate to the topic approved by the Creative Arts Therapies Research and Ethics Committee. Students develop their proposals for submission to this Committee as a course requirement for CATS 691. The required research courses (CATS 691 and DTHY 693) aim to provide students with knowledge of specific research methodologies.
- CATS 698: Applied Research Project with Report and CATS 699: Comprehensive Exam. The student chooses this project to further explore specific pilot project reports, feasibility studies and research with performance, photographic or video documentation relevant to the creative arts therapies. All applied projects must include a written component, and be presented by each student as a public seminar upon completion. An oral/written comprehensive case study examination must be taken to demonstrate integrative aspects of learning and knowledge in the study of drama therapy.
- Language Requirements. While there are no formal language requirements, students intending to work in Quebec are strongly encouraged to develop a working knowledge of French.
- Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
- Residence. The minimum residence requirement is two years (5 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
- Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.
- Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have obtained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
CATS 609 Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the foundations and primary concepts of dance/movement therapy and explores their relevance and applications to other creative arts therapies modalities through experiential, somatic, and theoretical approaches.
CATS 610 Introduction to Topics in Clinical Psychology for Creative Arts Therapists (3 credits)
This seminar introduces creative arts therapists to the various psychopathologies, their symptomatologies, etiologies, current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) diagnostic criteria, and treatments.
Note: Credit received for CATS 610 cannot be applied towards a graduate program in Psychology.
CATS 611 Counselling Skills for Creative Arts Therapists (3 credits)
This course introduces basic skills and practices of counselling and psychotherapy for creative arts therapists. It provides the opportunity to explore, develop, and practice the skills required for effective therapeutic interventions across varied theoretical orientations and treatment approaches. The course focuses on the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic frame.
CATS 615 Independent Practicum in the Creative Arts Therapies (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ATRP 613, 614.
With the Department’s approval and in agreement with a faculty supervisor, additional practicum experience is offered on an individual basis to students in special circumstances. A case study is required.
CATS 631A Selected Issues in the Creative Arts Therapies (3 credits)
This course may be repeated as CATS 631B, 631C, etc.
CATS 636 Independent Studies in Creative Arts Therapies (3 credits)
This course may be repeated as CATS 637.
CATS 638 Creative Process in Clinical Practice for Creative Arts Therapists (3 credits)
This course provides experiential learning in the clinical application of creative projection techniques through a methodology based on exploring character in myth and fairy tale. The creative process is examined through readings, discussions, masks, movement, music and drama.
CATS 639 Interdisciplinary Topics: Cross-cultural Competence in the Creative Arts Therapies (1 credit)
This course presents cross-cultural competence as an ethical obligation, providing an overview of multi-cultural counselling theory. Students explore challenges and opportunities arising in creative arts therapies clinical practice within an environment of cultural diversity as it relates to both the therapist and the client.
CATS 640 Studio Media and Practice for Creative Arts Therapists (3 credits)
Students develop skills with a variety of studio media and processes in their own creative arts discipline, while experiencing the media and creative process of an allied discipline. Commonalities and factors unique to each are examined for their potential in interdisciplinary practice.
CATS 641 Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Clinical Practice in the Creative Arts Therapies (1 credit)
This course covers ethical standards and requirements for clinical practice as established by both professional mental health and creative arts therapies associations. Students become familiar with expectations of professional and personal conduct as well as models for ethical decision-making. Students also gain an understanding of their personal value systems in relation to their work as creative arts therapists and how those values may inform ethical decision-making within their clinical practice.
CATS 643 Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (1 credit)
This course covers ethical standards and requirements for research as established by both professional mental health and creative arts therapies associations. Students become familiar with expectations of professional and personal conduct with respect to research in the field, including research protocols for both the Department of Creative Arts Therapies and Concordia University.
CATS 645 Family Systems and the Creative Arts Therapies (3 credits)
Family systems theory is introduced and specific theories and practices of family therapy are considered. Indications for the use of family therapy and its integration with the creative arts therapies are explored, as are specific methods of assessment and intervention.
CATS 689 Research Paper (9 credits)
Prerequisite: CATS 691.
The research paper is the formal culmination of graduate studies in the creative arts therapies. This paper includes a literature review, and may also include methodology, specific procedures, research population or sample, data collection and analysis, as appropriate to the topic approved by the Creative Arts Therapies Research and Ethics Committee. Students develop their proposals for this paper as a course requirement for CATS 691, to be submitted for approval to the Research and Ethics Committee in the winter term of their first year in the program. The Committee will then assign one faculty member in the Department to supervise each paper. The nine-credit component appears on the student record only once the final version of the research paper has been submitted to the Thesis Office and the Graduate Grade Activity Report Form, granting a grade of PASS, has been submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
CATS 691 Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (3 credits)
This course presents an overview of qualitative research, theory and methodology, and their application to the creative arts therapies. Students develop critical reading skills and explore ethical issues involved in research.
CATS 698 Applied Research Project with Report (6 credits)
The student chooses this option to further explore specific pilot project reports, feasibility studies and creative research designs utilizing media intrinsic to the creative arts therapies. All applied projects must include a written component and be presented as a public seminar upon completion.
CATS 699 Comprehensive Exam (3 credits)
DTHY 600 Current Approaches to Drama Therapy (3 credits)
This course provides grounding in significant theoretical theories of drama therapy and correlating schools of psychological thought and their relevance to drama therapy. It also promotes advanced knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic relationship and process from several drama therapy, psychodynamic, and psychotherapeutic perspectives. Studied psychotherapeutic models include: psychodynamic, object relations, humanistic, cognitive-behavioural, as well as theories of trauma. Drama therapy models include: role theory, projective techniques, therapeutic theatre, the use of story, and performance techniques.
DTHY 603 Improvisation and Drama Therapy - Studio/Workshop (3 credits)
This course focuses on developing skills in adapting methods of dramatic improvisation for the purpose of therapy, including exploration of projective, playback and psychodramatic techniques. Attention is given to the theory of distancing in terms of therapeutic process and dramatic form.
DTHY 604 Drama Therapy and Groups (3 credits)
This course provides a dialectical, experiential and practical examination of the major approaches to group dynamics, including psychodynamic, humanistic, systemic, and theories of communication. Stages, theories and clinical applications of group drama therapy processes are explored.
DTHY 613 Drama Therapy Practicum Supervision I (3 credits)
In this course, students acquire skills in the implementation of the principles of psychotherapy within the practices of drama therapy with a selected population. Students learn observation and assessment procedures, treatment planning, skills in establishing and maintaining the therapeutic relationship, on-going evaluation, methods of clinical documentation, and professional reporting in multidisciplinary teams. Individual and group supervision are provided. A minimum of 150 practicum hours is required.
DTHY 614 Drama Therapy Practicum Supervision II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: DTHY 613.
This course is a continuation of DTHY 613. A minimum of 200 practicum hours is required.
DTHY 623 Advanced Drama Therapy Practicum Supervision I (3 credits)
Prerequisites: DTHY 613, 614.
This course is designed to promote the consolidation of students’ abilities in the practice of drama therapy, to further develop clinical skills, and deepen psychotherapeutic understanding. Individual and group supervision are provided. Case presentations, readings and clinical analysis of therapeutic issues are integral to this course. A minimum of 200 practicum hours is required.
DTHY 624 Advanced Drama Therapy Practicum Supervision II (3 credits)
Prerequisites: DTHY 613, 614, 623.
This course is a continuation of DTHY 623. A minimum of 250 practicum hours is required.
DTHY 643 Sociodrama and Psychodrama (3 credits)
Sociodrama and psychodrama practices are examined for their use as treatment modalities in drama therapy. Seminars and experiential methods of instruction integrate their practice into the aims and principles of drama therapy.
DTHY 644 Child and Adolescent Drama Therapy (3 credits)
This course focuses on the methodologies, processes, and assessment techniques as they relate to drama therapy, play and play therapy with children and adolescents, and their families.
DTHY 645 Assessment in Drama Therapy (3 credits)
Prerequisite: DTHY 644.
This course explores assessment tools developed in the field of drama therapy, including those based on such dramatic media as storytelling, role-plays, puppets and masks. The theory and practice of drama therapy assessment in both clinical work and research are reviewed within the context of different populations.
DTHY 693 Research in Drama Therapy (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CATS 691.
This course is designed to foster the acquisition of knowledge and methodological tools in arts-based, qualitative and quantitative methods relevant to the field of drama therapy. Emphasis is placed on the use of the practical tools necessary to conduct reliable and valid research.