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Tallinn: Tallinn University

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts Therapies

Duration: Three years full-time

Student admission was held in 2007-2012

Termination of the curriculum will be up to 2017

Entry Requirements:

•             general secondary education or corresponding qualification from abroad

•             national examinations: Estonian language and a national exam at candidate’s preference

•             arts-related preparation (music school, art school, dance school, theatre school, etc).

•             preferably, experience of work with children, youth or adults.

Entrance examination:

•             artistic examination (individual performance and group improvisation)

•             group discussion of the topic provided

•             written overview and/or a portfolio of candidate’s creative activity

•             individual interview.

Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The curriculum of Arts Therapies is interdisciplinary in nature, combining subjects of the fields of health, arts, humanities and social sciences. The Bachelor’s curriculum relies on the tradition of creativity research at Tallinn University and offers several subjects allowing students to learn about creative thinking and creative self-expression in theory and practice. The field of specialisation of Arts Therapies (music, visual art, dance and movement, and drama therapy) is not rigidly defined. Students have an opportunity to improve their knowledge in other fields of specialisations of arts and arts therapies, and to experiment with the synthesis of arts and integrated application of arts for therapeutic purposes. The main focus of the curriculum is of a health-promotional and social constructionist orientation.

Learning outcomes of the curriculum

• knowledge about the principles, options and trends of  the therapeutic application of arts

• ability to use creative activities for health promotional and therapeutic purposes and to assess the outcome

• awareness of professional and ethical requirements for therapeutic work

• ability to communicate with different target groups and view specific professional knowledge in a wider healthcare and socio-cultural context

• ability to recognise the need to continue studies and pursue professional development.

Course Content:

The curriculum includes the following modules:

Introductory subjects (34 ECTS) provide basic knowledge in anatomy, physiology, cognitive processes and creativity theories; to create preconditions for viewing arts therapies in a wider health and social care and socio-cultural context; to provide knowledge in subject areas related to arts therapies.

Core subjects (90 ECTS):

• Health and Psychotherapy (27 ECTS) contribute to the development of a theoretical and experiential basis allowing an understanding of  the background factors of the state of health and possibilities of psychotherapeutic intervention

• Modules of specialisation: Music Therapy, Visual Art Therapy, Dance and Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy (24 ECTS)

• Therapeutic Skills (15 ECTS) create opportunities for the acquisition of skills in the therapeutic application of creative activities and personal experience in the field of specialisation

• Placement (18 ECTS) in the field of specialisation

• Research in Arts Therapies (6 ECTS) creates the preconditions for independent research and for writing a research project of Bachelor’s thesis in the field of specialisation.

Electives (45 ECTS)

Bachelor’s thesis (11 ECTS)

A student can choose between four areas of Arts Therapies specialisation – Music Therapy, Visual Art Therapy, Dance and Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy. Specialisation takes place in the second year of study. The module of electives allows for the deepening in knowledge and skills in the field of specialisation, or for choosing an additional specialisation or subjects of other areas of specialisation, depending on art-related preparation and the completion of prerequisite subjects. The placement will be carried out in the field of major specialisation.

Qualification Awarded: Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science

Language: All modules are taught in the Estonian language with the exception of:

Dance Movement for well-being

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Tallinn University BA programme is currently unable to offer any student exchange opportunities with ECArTE member universities.

The programme is not able currently to offer a clinical placement opportunity for ECArTE member students.

Current Research:

Peer reviewed internationally distributed scientific publications in arts therapies:

Rüütel, E. (2008). Integrative kreative Therapie in Estland – ein Überblick zur Entwicklung der Musiktherapie und der künstlerischen Therapien.  Musiktherapeutische Umschau Online.

Rüütel, E., Ratnik, M., Tamm, E, & Zilensk, H. (2004). The Experience of Vibroacoustic Therapy in the Self-Development of Adolescent Girls. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 13(1), 33-46.

Rüütel, E. (2002). The Psycho-Physiological Effects of Music and Vibroacoustic Stimulation. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 11(1), 16-26.

Ongoing research projects in arts therapies:

Relationship between creative activities, creativity and wellbeing

Psycho-physiological effect of vibroacoustic therapy

Singing revolution: Vocal music therapy with adolescents

Research Collaboration:

Tallinn University BA programme is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE Members with particular interest in:

Clinical application of Arts Therapies

Professional Association:

Estonian Society of Creative Therapies:

www.loovteraapiad.ee, loovteraapiad@loovteraapiad.ee

Estonian Society of Music Therapy: www.muusikateraapia.ee

Estonian Society of Dance Movement Therapy and Circus Therapy: helena.ehrenbusch@tlu.ee

Estonian Society of Psychodrama: http://www.hot.ee/epdy/

Professional Body or Ministry:

Students are not obliged to register with a professional association in order to practise as an arts therapist.

The course is approved by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research

Code of Ethics:

Code of Ethics of Estonian Psychological Association

Contact details:

Contact person: Eha Rüütel, PhD

Professor of Creative Arts Therapies

Head of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies

Institute of Fine Arts, Tallinn University

Postal address: Räägu 49, Tallinn 11311, Estonia

Telephone number: +372 56475876

University website: http://www.tlu.ee/et/kunstide-instituut/kunstiteraapiate-osakond

Email address: eha@tlu.ee


 

Course Title: Master of Arts Therapies

 

Duration: Two years full-time

Entry Requirements:

•Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts Therapies or corresponding qualification, which includes training related to health and psychology;

•art-related preparation corresponding to the area of specialization (music school, art school, dance school, theatre school);

•preferably basic training in Creative Arts Therapies;

•experience of work with children, youth or adults.

Entrance examination:

•artistic examination (individual performance and group improvisation);

•a group discussion of the topic provided;

•a written overview and/or a portfolio of candidate’s creative activity;

•project of master thesis;

•an individual interview.

Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches

Creative arts therapist is spcified as a specialist of psychotherapeutic treatment and rehabilitation. Creative Arts Therapy is determined as a use of reasonable, purposeful and planned activities in psychotherapeutic treatment and rehabilitation, where creativity- and arts-based methods and techniques are applied in a clearly defined client-therapist relationship to achieve goals based on the health condition of the client.

Therapeutic relationship is psychotherapeutically oriented triangular therapist-client-art relationship. The curriculum has emphasis on systemic, solution-focused, and expressive- humanistic approaches and provides preparation for the development of professional skills for the therapeutic intervention at different levels based on objectives of treatment and rehabilitation. The creative arts therapies intervention levels are: diagnostic, psychotherapeutic, functional, palliative and recreational. Creative arts therapists apply their professional skills and knowledge to each client or group on the basis of their characteristics and therapeutic needs.

Creative arts therapists are working at health and rehabilitation service providers, in social and educational institutions and private practice.

Learning outcomes of the curriculum

• has a systematic overview of relationship between health and creativity, the basic principles, theories, fields of application and research of creative arts therapies;

• has knowledge and skills for diagnostic, psychotherapeutic, functional, palliative and recreational application of creative arts therapies with various client groups and has advanced knowledge in a narrower field of creative arts therapies;

• is able to plan and critically analyse therapeutic activities and assess the outcome

• is aware of ethical aspects of one’s activity, and is capable to draw on evidence based practice when planning one’s professional activities;

•has knowledge of organisation of health care system and has practical experience as a member of multidisciplinary work-group in health care institution;

•has skills for accomplishing research and ability to assess critically research in one’s field of study;

•is capable to determine individual development opportunities and learning needs and preconditions for continuing studies at doctoral level;

• is able to communicate with various client groups, present one’s standpoint with argumentation in professional discussion and expand upon one’s field related topics in the wider health care and societal context.

Course content

Arts Therapies MSc course consists of theory and research subjects, personal development and clinical training.

The curriculum includes the following modules:

General subjects (8 ECTS) create opportunities for viewing creative arts therapies in a wider context of health science, for a scientific approach to creativity as a Basic process in arts therapies, for the acquisition of research skills.

Core subjects (66 ECTS): students can choose between three areas of Creative Arts Therapies specialization (Music Therapy, Visual Art Therapy, Dance and Movement Therapy):

•psychotherapeutic skills (12 ECTS) in the field of specialization:

– Knowledge about evidence-based creative arts therapies intervention for treatment and rehabilitation purposes at diagnostic, psychotherapeutic, functional, palliative and recreational level of intervention;

– Awareness of therapist’s ethics, possibilities and limitations of creative arts therapies, their own individual development opportunities and learning needs;

– Ability to use the resources of their study group and professional supervision for the development of their professional skills in their area of specialization;

– Ability to critically analyse psychotherapeutic process and therapist’s activity and to present it clearly, providing relevant arguments;

– Ability to critically assess the outcome of psychotherapeutic intervention in a broader therapeutic context and multidisciplinary teamwork;

– Ability to learn independently, flexibly and creatively integrate professional knowledge and good practices into their therapeutic practice.

•supervised clinical placement (18 ECTS):

– Ability to independently apply different levels of creative arts therapies intervention in individual and group work with various client groups;

– Ability to critically analyse, document and on a case-by-case basis present their professional placement experience;

– Ability to use professional supervision to develop their skills in their area of specialization;

– Ability to participate in multidisciplinary teamwork;

– Ability to understand and view art therapeutic intervention in a broader complex of the ways of treatment and support.

•scientific research (6 ECTS):

Knowledge about the principes and methods of research in creative arts therapies;

Ability to work with sources, to read critically scientific texts and to write properly prepared

research text;

Ability to understand the necessity of scientific research in the context of therapeutic work.

•Specialization Module (12 ECTS):

– Systematic in-depth knowledge of basic principles, theories, application and research methods, client groups and development trends of their area of specialization in creative arts therapies;

– Ability to use methods and techniques of their area of specialization with different client groups;

– Ability to critically read scientific literature on arts therapies and view creative arts therapies in a wider context of health and wellbeing;

– Ability to identify their own individual learning needs within their area of specialization and choose relevant professional literature.

•Electives (12 ECTS):

– Knowledge about the links between health and behaviour;

– Knowledge of the principles of treatment and rehabilitation of psychopathology and somatic health problems;

– An overview of the principles of health care management;

– Ability to determine the state of health and health-related needs;

– Ability to learn independently and integrate broader health-related knowledge into their professional field.

Open electives (16 ECTS): create opportunities for the realisation of individual needs of development and intellectual interest. Subjects of this block may also be used to improve one’s knowledge of foreign languages or computer skills.

Master’s thesis (30 ECTS): creates opportunities for an in-depth treatment of certain topical issues and independent research on creative arts therapies.

Qualification Awarded: Master of Health Science (Arts Therapies)

Language: All modules are taught in the Estonian language, with the exception of those delivered by guest teachers from abroad.

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Tallinn University’s Arts Therapies master programme is currently able to offer teacher exchange. We are unable to offer student exchange opportunities with ECArTE member universities because the tuition language of our programm is Estonian.

Current Research:

Internationally distributed scientific publications in creative arts therapies:

Rüütel, Eha (2013). Solution-focused art therapy in prevention and treatment of eating disorders. In Edite Krevica, Kristine Martinsone (Ed.), Arts therapies for different client/patient groups (pp.67-83). Riga: Riga Stradins University.

Nemeržitski, S, & Heinla, E. (2012). Relationship between arts-related hobbies, creative activities and creative thinking among school students, and its relation to wellbeing factors that support creativity. CFMAE: The Changing Face of Music and Art Education, 4(1), 81-96.

Sein-Garcia, Mai; Rüütel, Eha; Scotti, Victoria; Hentinen, Hanna; Tartes-Babkina, Helen; Vahtrapuu, Aili; Ratnik, Marika (2012). Materials and natural materials in art therapy. In Päivi Simi, Tuomela Outi (Eds.), Promoting natural materials (pp. 150 – 154). Turku, Finland: Turku University of Applied Sciences.

Sein-Garcia, M; Vahtrapuu, A.; Rüütel, E.; Tartes-Babkina, H.; Scotti, V.; Hentinen, H.; Ratnik, M. (2012). Materials in art therapy. Educational film. Tallinn: Tallinn University.

Rüütel, E. (2012). Solution–focused approach in art psychotherapy. In P.-M. Hautala & E. Honkanen (Eds.), Kuva kantaa – kuvataideterapia kasvatuksen, opetuksen, hoidon ja kuntoutuksen tukena (pp. 181-185). Pori, Finland: Satakunnan Ammattikorkeakoulu.

Gramakovski, K.-L., & Rüütel, E. (2011). Relationship between the first grade students’ adjustment to school and creativity. In J. Mikk, P. Luik, & M. Veisson (Eds.), Preschool and Primary Education (pp. 77-90). Estonian Studies in Education, Volume 3. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: P. Lang.

Mõistlik, M., & Rüütel, E. (2011). Therapeutic outcomes from music lessons: what supports and influences pupils? The Changing Face of Music and Art Education, 3, 45-58.

Rüütel, E., & Vinkel, I. (2011). Vibro-acoustic therapy – research at Tallinn University.  In M. Prstačić (Ed.), Umjetnost i znanost u razvoju životnog potencijala. Art and science in life potential development (pp 42-44). Zagreb, Croatia: Croation Psychosocial Oncology Association; Croatian Association for Sophrology, Creative Therapies and Arts-Expressive Therapies; Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb.

Rüütel, E. (2008). Integrative Kreative Therapie in Estland – ein Überblick zur Entwicklung der Musiktherapie und der künstlerischen Therapien. Musiktherapeutische Umschau Online.

Rüütel, E., Ratnik, M., Tamm, E., & Zilensk, H. (2004). The Experience of Vibroacoustic Therapy in the Self-Development of Adolescent Girls. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 13(1), 33-46.

Rüütel, E. (2002). The Psycho-physiological Effects of Music and Vibroacoustic Stimulation. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 11(1), 16-26.

Ongoing research projects and research interests in creative arts therapies:

• Psycho-physiological effect of vibroacoustic therapy (VAT), application of VAT in treatment of spasticity in patients with spinal cord and brain injuries;

• Singing revolution: vocal music therapy with adolescents;

• Solution-focused approach in creative arts therapies;

• Application of creative arts therapies in dementia care;

• Relationship between creative activities, creativity and wellbeing, school art therapy.

Research Collaboration:

Department of Creative Arts Therapies of Tallinn University is interested in research collaboration with members of ECArTE with particular interests in:

Clinical application of Creative Arts Therapies

Professional Associations:

Estonian Society of Creative Arts Therapies:

www.loovteraapiad.ee, loovteraapiad@loovteraapiad.ee

Estonian Society of Music Therapy: www.muusikateraapia.ee

Estonian Association of Dance and Circus Therapy

helena.ehrenbusch@tlu.ee

Estonian Society of Psychodrama: http://www.hot.ee/epdy/

Professional Body or Ministry:

The course is approved by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and validated by the Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency (EKKA) in 2014.

Code of Ethics:

Code of ethics of Estonian Society of Creative Arts Therapies, http://www.loovteraapiad.ee/eetikakoodeks.html

Contact details:

Contact person: Eha Rüütel, PhD

Professor of Creative Arts Therapies

Head of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies

Institute of Fine Arts, Tallinn University

Postal address: Räägu 49, Tallinn 11311, Estonia

Telephone number: +372 56475876

University website: http://www.tlu.ee/et/kunstide-instituut/kunstiteraapiate-osakond

Email address: eha@tlu.ee