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Introduction to Art Psychotherapy Short Course

Art Psychotherapy is an established profession regulated by the Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Treatment settings include psychiatry; adult and child psychotherapy, physical and learning disability services, special and mainstream education, services for the elderly; and palliative care.

Art Psychotherapy is generally practiced in the public sector with clients who are socially and economically disadvantaged. It is an intervention which addresses psychological distress and is concerned with the ways in which psychotherapeutic art making can contribute to beneficial psychological change.

Entry Requirements:
There are no formal entry requirements.

Certificate of attendance

Over 4 weekends

Start Date:

Face-to-face teaching

£760 or £450* (*unemployed or students

Funding may be available. Please check the ILA website

Fee Waiver:

There is no intake for 2016/17. Please check the website in due course for information for 2017/18 intake.

Professional Registration:
This course does not provide professional registration and participants will not be qualified to practice as therapists. Attendance and completion of this course is taken into consideration, but does not guarantee access to the MSc in Art Psychotherapy (International) programme.

Course Details:
This short course will introduce students to the practice of art psychotherapy through lectures, seminars and participation in an art based inter-personal learning group. The course will build awareness of the history and development of art psychotherapy and introduce students to some of the key theories informing current practice.

Reading materials (articles and reading lists) will be provided.
Workshops will offer students the opportunity to work experientially and share experiences whilst exploring key themes pertinent to art psychotherapy practice.

All art materials and arts equipment will be provided for the workshops.

The course will be of interest and benefit to all those interested in the arts and those working in health, social care and education. Completion of the course will provide students, wishing to progress to further training, with a good general introduction to art psychotherapy. Please note that non-qualifying courses do not qualify persons to practice as an "Art Therapist" or "Art Psychotherapist" or use these legally protected titles. If you are interested in progressing to the professionally accredited training programme please visit
MSc Art Psychotherapy (International)

Academic Disabled Student Co-ordinator:
Fenella Hodgson ,

for further information, including application process, please contact:
Art Therapy
0131 474 0000




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