School Of Social Sciences

Ethics and Diversity in Research and TherapyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102357.3


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Concurrent or previous study of any foundational unit in either counselling or art therapy.

Equivalent Units
102175 - Research in the Social Sciences

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 4595 Master of Art Therapy or 1770 Master of Social Science Specialisations (Studies in Art Therapy).

About this Unit
This unit introduces students to key considerations for practicing therapy and research in a diverse and neo-colonial context. Students will study the emergence of research in the arts therapy profession and explore connections and tensions between personal, professional and research ethics. Through close reading of professional documents, case studies and research papers, students will examine how the ‘subjects’ of therapy and research are conceptualised and constructed. From a perspective that links knowledge and power, students will look at what the published research says about what works and how in therapy; ask whom therapy and research work for; and examine the work these therapy and research practices do.

1817.1Master of Psychotherapy and CounsellingCONTINUING
4595.10Master of Art TherapyCURRENT
4595.8Master of Art TherapyCONTINUING
4595.9Master of Art TherapyCONTINUING

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