Art Therapy Course

This course is for therapists, counsellors, and other mental health professionals who integrate some form of art making into their clinical work but who do not have formal training in this area. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to practical art therapy approaches, and also explores underlying theory and the history of art therapy.

Learn how to use art therapy effectively with clients.

By the end of the course students will:

  • have the skills and knowledge required to use art therapeutically in client work,
  • understand the underpinning theory and history of art therapy,
  • have the ability to support clients as they explore experience and feelings non-verbally through art, sculpture or other creative approaches,
  • have developed the skills required to facilitate art therapy groups,
  • have explored their own life experiences through an image journal (which each student maintains throughout the course).

This course is for therapists, counsellors, and other mental health professionals who integrate some form of art making into their clinical work but who do not have formal training in this area. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to practical art therapy approaches, and also explores underlying theory and the history of art therapy.

Areas covered include: defining art therapy, therapeutic benefits and contraindications, ethical issues, creating and maintaining an art therapeutic environment, planning and introducing art activities, art therapy and diverse client populations, group art activities, vicarious traumatization, boundary management, history of art therapy, roles of imagination, creativity and play in therapy,

Course Outline

Module One: Introduction to Art Therapy – defining art therapy; beginning your image journal; exploring underpinning theory and research; myth, story and the visual arts; key therapeutic and client skills.

Module Two: Practical Activities and Personal Art – exploring personal experience and history through art; introducing practical exercises; planning therapeutic art activities for each client; the role of artistic expression in therapist development; vicarious traumatization.

Module Three: Exploring Forms of Art Therapy – selecting creative interventions to suit client needs; exploring media and expressive tools; ethical issues; maintaining boundaries; the role of creativity, imagination and play in therapy.

Module Four: Facilitating Therapeutic Groups and Working with Online Clients – understanding and assessing client needs – individual clients, children and young people as clients, client couples; facilitating art therapy groups; working effectively with client groups; facilitating online art therapy; exploring digital art.

Assessment

At the end of each module is a tutor-marked assignment, which students complete and submit to their personal tutor. Each assignment includes a series of short – medium questions on theory and practice, plus an art activity. Students also keep an image journal through the course, sections of which are submitted throughout the course. The final certificate is awarded on successfully passing all four assignments.

Qualification

Continuing Professional Development Certificate in Art Therapy

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