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Pre-art therapy majors are required to earn a master’s degree in art therapy to practice in the profession. Our program is designed to meet the course requirements for entrance into art therapy graduate programs. Art therapists are professionals trained in both art and therapy. They use art in treatment, assessment and research, and provide consultations to allied professionals.

Art therapists work with people of all ages: individuals, couples, families, groups and communities. They provide services, individually and as part of clinical teams, in settings that include mental health, rehabilitation, medical and forensic institutions; community outreach programs; wellness centers; schools; nursing homes; corporate structures; open studios and independent practices.

If the pre-art therapy concentration is selected, the following classes must be completed in addition to the visual arts with dual discipline core classes.

PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology

This is a survey course introducing students to many of the discipline’s subfields (e.g., developmental, neuroscience, learning, cognition, social, abnormal) with an emphasis on psychology as a science.

Fall and Spring Semesters.
3 semester hours.

PSY 120 Positive Psychology

Positive psychology studies the nature of happiness and psychological well-being. Such topics discussed include happiness, life satisfaction, creativity, wellness, love, selfactualization, wisdom, character strengths and virtues.

Fall Semester, even years.
3 semester hours.

PSY 314 Development Across the Lifespan

This course focuses on the biopsychosocial development across the lifespan (from birth to death). Major theories in the field of developmental psychology are explored and students complete several applied projects.

Spring Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in both PSY 110 and IDS 112 and junior standing.

PSY 319 Personality Theories

The course surveys various theoretical conceptions of personality and the different types of data upon which they are based. Each approach is evaluated critically in light of its ability to scientifically explain both the uniqueness of individual patterns of behavior and the personality characteristics common to all humans.

Spring Semester, odd years.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in both PSY 110 and IDS 112 and junior standing.

PSY 325 Abnormal Psychology

A survey of psychological disorders, with a special emphasis upon disorders of personality and affect, including depression, suicide and identity. Discussion includes biological, genetic and learned precursors, historically important views and theories.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in both PSY 110 and IDS 112 and junior standing.

PSY 420 Counseling and Psychotherapy

A survey of individual and group counseling techniques and theories, including psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral and cognitive therapies. Activities include discussions, demonstrations of methods, and applications to different ages, the developmentally disabled and crosscultural counseling. Activities include discussion and demonstrations to understand techniques, treatment and practitioner ethics.

Spring Semester, odd years.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in PSY 110, PSY 325, and IDS 112 and junior standing.

PSY 490 Senior Seminar in Psychology

Must take during fall semester of graduation year. This capstone course prepares students for graduate study and/or employment. Students also integrate their learning of psychology to date through assigned readings and discussions. Reflection on their undergraduate experience at Olivet College is also a central focus of the course.

Fall Semester.
3 semester hours.
Satisfies Senior Experience requirement.
Prerequisites: C or higher in PSY 390 and PSY 460 and senior standing.

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