Professional identity and the role of the therapist; the ethical practice of counseling and art therapy, including familiarity with ethical standards of various professional organizations; credentialing and licensure; public policy and advocacy for patients and for the profession.
Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to: • Demonstrate, through course assignments, papers, and presentations, insight and self-awareness and a high level of professionalism, ethics, and ability to work with diverse populations. • Describe different models of ethical decision making, as evidenced by the ability to reference these models in class discussions and in papers. • Cite, during class discussion, the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with which mental health professionals must comply. • Describe, during class presentations and discussions, as well as in papers, ethical dilemmas art therapists and other mental health professionals can confront, and present models of how to consider and resolve such problems. • Apply the standards of confidentiality, privilege, and privacy in different professional scenarios, as evidenced by participation in class discussions. • Demonstrate the ethical integration of diversity issues in art therapy and mental health counseling and describe various ways in which to combat racism, ageism, and sexism in the counseling process, as evidenced by discussion and written work. • Analyze, through the creation of art work and the sharing of ideas in class, the dynamics of responsibility to clients, to the work place, to any research participants, and to oneself as a professional and a human being. • Describe, during class presentations and discussions and through written work, what it means to be an ethical art therapist, counselor, or mental health professional in different settings and with regard to various art therapy/counseling relationships (e.g., individual, group, and family). • Identify, in papers and during discussions, ethical issues involved in maintaining professional boundaries (including ethical issues concerning supervision and consultation). • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of professional organizations such as AATA, ATCB, ACA, and APA, as evidenced by references to these groups in written work and during class discussions. • Describe, during class discussion, the steps of the art therapy credentialing process. • Demonstrate an understanding of the art therapist’s role in public policy, advocating both for the client and the profession, as evidenced by participation in class discussion regarding this aspect of the role of the art therapist.