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Available via HYBRID (In Person & Zoom)!


This online course explores the practice of the arts in health and arts in public health. The course provides a dynamic, interdisciplinary overview of diverse practices and methodologies in the delivery of the arts in healthcare, community, and public health settings. Learning methods include reading, video lecture, online weekly discussion, research, writing, and creative practice. Students will engage in individual creative practice in a primary artistic discipline as a research and learning method.


This course is appropriate for graduate students and professionals of the arts, humanities, sciences, human services, and health related professions.


Learning Objectives:


  • Compare clinical and community health settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, long term care, hospice, home care, community health clinics, health departments, schools and communities-at-large.

  • Describe program models in arts in healthcare and arts in community health.

  • Describe key considerations when navigating healthcare cultures and environments.

  • Differentiate factors that contribute to a positive healing environment from those that may negatively impact the healing environment.

  • Describe the professional competencies and scope of practice of artists in healthcare and artists in community health.

  • Distinguish the role of an artist in healthcare or artist in community health from the roles of allied health practitioners (i.e. social workers, creative arts

    therapies, child life specialists, health educators, rehabilitation therapists or occupational therapists).

  • Adapt arts processes and materials to meet the specific needs of participants with infection control precautions, disabilities or developmental considerations.

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate care environments to ensure participant safety.

  • Reflect upon the patient experience.

  • Develop a plan for a practicum in arts in medicine and/or arts in public health.

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of needs assessment, resource mapping and program planning and assessment.

  • Evaluate the role of the arts in promoting health education, health literacy and disease prevention in community settings.

  • Locate and critically assess literature that supports the arts in health.

  • Critically evaluate practice methods in arts in medicine and arts in public health for diverse populations.


Limitations and Risks:


  • Participants understand the nature, objectives, limitations, and results from the training are distinctly different from the formal study of the creative arts therapies
  • There are potential risks when introducing creative arts into your practice without adequate training
  • The creative arts therapies are an evidenced-based treatment


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy is approved as a continuing education provider for Social Workers and Counselors by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, (#159.001383).


This workshop provides 15 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors and 1 credit hour for Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy students.


The Arts in Healthcare

  • (15 CEUs/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, February 5th-6th, 2022, 9:00AM-5:30PM, 4336 Saratoga Avenue, 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515 at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, 4336 Saratoga Ave., 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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