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Adjunct Faculty, Art Therapy

Dominican University of California
San Rafael

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Adjunct Faculty, Art Therapy

Job Details
Job Location : Main Campus - SAN RAFAEL, CA
Position Type : Part Time

Position Summary
Dominican is seeking instructors well versed in Art Therapy curriculum and competencies who can supervise and make timely assessments of student's progress in achieving acceptable program requirements.

  • Evaluate and develop program curriculum, policies, and procedures
  • When providing supervision of students during practicum/internship experiences, document and assess student performance and competency throughout any internship experience and upon completion of the practicum/internship experience.
  • Attend and contribute to faculty meetings, conference calls and other professional development activities
  • Participate in curriculum development for individual courses and overall program
  • Evaluate and grade student work and provide feedback to students
  • Mentor and advise students on the progress of their projects and coursework
  • Uphold academic performance standards and integrity

  • Course Descriptions

    AT 5240: Cross-Cultural Issues

    This course covers the multicultural counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and techniques of practice used by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art psychotherapists and studies counselors’ roles in developing cultural self-awareness and identity development while promoting cultural social justice. Students learn individual and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations and explore counselors’ roles in eliminating biases and prejudices. Other topics include cultural competency, which includes understanding the processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination, including experiences of race, ethnicity, class, spirituality, sexual orientation, gender, disability, and their incorporation into the psychotherapeutic process. Students learn to integrate and understand how cross-cultural mores and values impact the individual in society while developing a familiarity with a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds common among California’s population, including, but not limited to, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans. The effects of socioeconomic position on how poverty and social stress affect the individual’s mental health and recovery are also explored.

    AT 5210: Methods of Group and Family Therapy

    This course examines the counseling and psychotherapeutic theories and techniques of practice used by professional marriage and family counselors and art psychotherapists in a culturally diverse society. Course content focuses on applying counseling principles of marriage and family systems and relationships. Students receive training in a variety of effective psychotherapeutic techniques and modalities that may be utilized to improve, restore, or maintain healthy individual, couple, and family relationships. Course content also includes group counseling theories and techniques, including principles of group dynamics, group process components, developmental stage theories, therapeutic factors of group work, group leadership styles and approaches, pertinent research and literature, and group counseling methods. The course teaches students to develop and analyze clinical applications to family and group assessment and formulate treatment planning methods.

    AT 5990: Research Methodology

    This course prepares students for research and evaluation by exploring studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, and the use of research to inform evidence-based practices. The importance of research in advancing the profession of counseling and the use of statistical methods in conducting research, needs assessment, and program evaluations is also covered. Students learn the application of diversity factors relevant to research.

    Required Qualifications
  • Possess a minimum of a Master's degree, preferably in Art Therapy.
  • Possess national certification in the field of Art Therapy by an organization accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA): ATR-BC or ATR-BC-CS
  • Must have provided clinical services/therapy/art therapy in the last five years.

  • Preferred Qualifications
  • A doctoral degree

  • Additional Position Information
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled
  • Must be willing to consent to a background check

  • For More Information Contact:

    Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC, Chair of Art Therapy Psychology

    Dominican University of California

    50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

    Email: [email protected]

    To apply, visit

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    Working at Dominican University of California

    Dominican University of California is an independent university offering the best of Liberal Arts combined with a rigorous professional education. Founded in 1890, Dominican enjoys an over century-long reputation for excellence in scholarship, research and community outreach.

    The University offers more than 60 academic programs that reflect the diversity and creativity of both the faculty and the students. With about 1,900 students and a student to faculty ratio of10:1, Dominican is able to successfully blend the personal attention associated with smaller schools with the academic resources of a larger university.


    Dominican University of California educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their daily lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability, and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs.

    Academic Life:

    Dominican’s focus on interdisciplinary studies provides a challenging academic environment with four schools, 24 majors, and an average class size of 16.

    In the sciences, the University excels at involving undergraduates in sophisticated research projects that enable students to present at national academic conferences and publish alongside their faculty mentors in peer-reviewed journals.

    In the humanities, students may combine dance and musical performance with the study of philosophy, literature, world cultures, and religion. 

    Dominican offers strong undergraduate professional programs in business, education, and nursing. There are also graduate offerings in these disciplines, as well as in counseling psychology and occupational therapy. 

    Dominican Diversity:

    Dominican students come from across the United States. Although primarily from the Bay Area and Northern California, students come from 18 countries, including Brazil, China, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and  Turkey.

    More than 80 percent of undergraduate students attending Dominican receive some form of financial aid, allowing students from diverse backgrounds to further their education. The University focuses in global community outreach and bringing a diverse range of faculty and students to campus.

    Dominican University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and takes pride in its multicultural environment.

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    San Rafael
    United States
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