Art Therapy Courses

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ART THERAPY COURSES

Navigate key areas of this page:
(1) MSc Art Psychotherapy (HPC approved)
(2) Introductions to Art Therapy (flexible formats)
(3) NIGAT Summer School (annual since 1993, run by NIGAT)



Red button (1) MSc Art Psychotherapy (HPC approved)
               (an evolution of the MSc Art Therapy)



NEW DEVELOPMENTS:

MSc Art Psychotherapy (HPC approved)

is offered by the

Centre for Psychotherapy

(an evolution of the MSc Art Therapy)
Centre for Psychotherapy, Shimna House, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Knockbracken Healthcare Park

The Centre for Psychotherapy warmly welcomes enquiries relating to the MSc Art Psychotherapy. (2007/8 entry now closed.)

This is a professionally-oriented higher degree aimed at graduates working in educational, health, social care, arts and related areas. It is also intended for other allied professional groups who are considering becoming Art Therapists / Art Psychotherapists, ie. HPC Registered.

The programme is offered as a 3 year part-time modular degree (180 M points). The programme is designed to help develop ethical practice as students engage in their own image-making, supervised clinical practice and professional and personal development.

Particular emphasis is placed on the following themes:
  • Art Therapy Studies and Personal Development
  • Development of Clinical Practice
  • Reflective Practice and Research


  • See: MSc Art Psychotherapy programme leaflet for more information on the programme.

    An application form can be obtained from:
    MSc Art Psychotherapy administrator
    Centre for Psychotherapy, Shimna House
    Knockbracken Healthcare Park
    Saintfield Road
    Belfast
    Northern Ireland, UK
    BT8 8BH

    tel: +44 (0)28 9056 5768
    fax: +44 (0)28 9056 6706

    - the deadline for 2007/8 applications is over so no further applications can be taken for that intake.
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    The new programme is HPC approved under the title of "MSc Art Psychotherapy". The title is chiefly to reflect the fact that art therapy is defined as a form of psychotherapy (BAAT, 2006: 2; Edwards, 2004: 3; Malchiodi, 2003: 38). It is to be emphasised that the nature and essence of the programme will remain very similar to the original course and it will adhere to its philosophy of having art-making and the art process at its core. This is consistent with Edwards' (2004: 2) assertion that "creating images and objects plays a central role in the psychotherapeutic relationship established between the art therapist and client." Successful completion of Health Professions Council approved programme provides �eligibility to apply for HPC registration�. HPC Registration permits the use of the legally protected titles of �Art Psychotherapist� or �Art Therapist�, needed to practise in the United Kingdom. HPC approved Art Psychotherapy and Art Therapy courses are also recognised as accredited training programmes by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), which is the professional body for art therapists.

    Background: The original MSc Art Therapy course is run at the School of Education in Queen's University Belfast and is HPC approved. The new programme is validated by the university of East London, but will still be supported by the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast. The reasons are positive yet slightly complex.
    All Health Professions Council (HPC) approved courses undergo an approval and regular re-approval process and as this natural review process approached an exciting opportunity was emerging to connect more with the Centre for Psychotherapy in running the course. Discussion with both the Centre and the School resulted in it being mutually agreed by all parties that the most constructive evolution of the course could happen if it transferred to this context which focused on clinical practice, research and teaching, whilst still retaining University connections.
    A key reason for changing Universities for validation is that the Centre had already begun negotiations with other universities to validate its new MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy course and it was mutually agreed with QUB that it was best if both courses validated with the same university which would also be more psychotherapeutically congruent with the programmes. Therefore, the programme is validated by the University of East London, yet will also continue to be supported by the School of Education and the Medical Library, Queen's University Belfast and thus the staff team and students will have teaching resources available from both.

    Therefore, from the programme's next intake, it will run by the Centre for Psychotherapy, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. It is entitled "MSc Art Psychotherapy" and is HPC approved.

    Benefits of move: The move to the Centre for Psychotherapy also brings many other advantages including:
     
  • a wider team of practitioner-lecturers;
     
  • on-site video-conferencing enabling international teaching and learning;
     
  • wider clinical links and multidisciplinary teamwork experience;
     
  • an on-site library with specialised psychotherapy / art psychotherapy focus;
     
  • more dedicated space for learning, teaching and art-making;
     
  • direct links with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust;
     
  • the Centre is based in a villa set in its own grounds in the healthcare park.

    The School of Education has shared its course mailing list with the Centre for Psychotherapy and the Centre will send out relevant information to everyone on its mailing list. The MSc Art Psychotherapy programme commenced in January 2008.

    Therefore, if you are interested in finding out more about this programme, please ensure that the Centre for Psychotherapy has your contact details. We thank you for your interest in this course.

    2007/8 entry now CLOSED.

    See MSc Art Psychotherapy programme leaflet for more information on the programme.

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  • Enquiries about the MSc Art Psychotherapy programme can be made to:
    MSc Art Psychotherapy administrator
    Centre for Psychotherapy
    Shimna House
    Knockbracken Healthcare Park
    Saintfield Road
    Belfast
    Northern Ireland, UK
    BT8 8BH.

    Tel: +44 (0)28 9056 5768 or +44 (0)28 9056 5350.
    Email: Charlene Lam (programme administrator).

    See: MSc Art Psychotherapy programme leaflet for more information on the programme.



    The existing MSc Art Therapy is already approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC), which regulates the Allied Health Professions. Therefore, successful completion of the current MSc Art Therapy provides �eligibility to apply for HPC registration�. HPC registration permits the use of the legally protected titles of �Art Psychotherapist� or �Art Therapist�, needed to practise in the United Kingdom. The current course is also recognised as an accredited training programme by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), which is the professional body for art therapists.


    References:
      BAAT (2006) Art Therapy Information Pack. London: British Association of Art Therapists.
        Accessed 07 Dec. 2006.
        www.baat.org/members/arttherapycareeinformationpack.pdf
      Edwards, David (2004) Art Therapy. London: Sage Publications.
      Malchiodi, C.A. (2003) Handbook of Art Therapy. New York, NY: Guilford Press.


    Links

    Health Professions Council (HPC)
    British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
    Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
    School of Education, Queen's University Belfast.

    Disclaimer

    All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, but the Centre for Psychotherapy and University reserves the right to make changes as they become necessary. Applicants must check all details with the Centre for Psychotherapy and University before they apply.

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    NB. The courses detailed below will not qualify persons to practise as an "Art Therapist" or "Art Psychotherapist", nor are they to be seen as personal therapy. Rather they are intended to enable personal and professional creative development and to promote awareness of art as therapy and symbolic expression.



    Red button (2) INTRODUCTIONS TO ART THERAPY

    NEWS: Two Introduction to Art Therapy courses are being run this Autumn at the Blackie Centre, Beechmount Pass, Belfast, BT12. These are run by Art Therapists and accredited within the Open Learning programme by the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast. Please contact the Blackie Centre for details: 028 9031 9634. See also Open Learning, School of Education.

    These presentations/courses/workshops are run by Art Therapists. The courses can encompass the following: staff and/or student professional and personal development; team support; supervision; etc. When delivered for organisations, the courses/workshops can be adapted to meet specific needs. They can be run in diverse formats: half day; one day; weekend; short course. The courses can offer opportunities for personal and professional development and for awareness raising about the art therapy profession. They can include the facilitation of symbolic and non-verbal expression as explored through participation in a variety of theoretical and experiential learning methods: experiential art work, lectures, illustrated case studies and discussions.

    The courses/workshops are aimed at those in the helping, counselling, therapy, teaching, nursing and art professions etc. - in organisational contexts and with individuals who wish to learn about the therapeutic application of the creative art process.
    The courses will not qualify persons to practise as an "Art Therapist" or "Art Psychotherapist", nor are they to be seen as personal therapy.

    No previous art skill or experience is necessary.

    If interested in requesting such courses, please contact NIGAT.
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    Red button (3) ART THERAPY SUMMER SCHOOL

    For details of the Art Therapy Summer School run by NIGAT, go to link: Art Therapy Summer School




    CONTACT NIGAT

    E-mail: the NIGAT Secretary, at:
    info@nigat.org

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