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Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies

HEAD OF DIVISION Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies
Ian McMillan M Ed, PG Dip Ed Res, CertEd, Dip COT

The Subject of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies brings together the following distinct disciplines.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is about living, enabling people - usually those with difficulties resulting from physical or psychological problems - to carry out activities which make their lives meaningful, from getting up and dressed, to going out for work, doing the shopping and socialising.

View the following videos for more information on a career in OT;

How OT helps people

OT as a Career

OT as a Career - A Student Journey

Art Psychotherapy

Art Therapy involves the use of art materials for self-expression and reflection in the presence of a State Registered Art Therapist. Previous experience and/or skill in art is not required as the overall aim of Art Therapy is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. Art Therapy offers an opportunity for expression and communication and can be particularly helpful to people who find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an established clinical discipline which is widely used to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability. 

The title music therapist can only be used by those registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Everyone has the ability to respond to music, and music therapy uses this connection to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement in live musical interaction between client and therapist. It can help develop and facilitate communication skills, improve self-confidence and independence, enhance self-awareness and awareness of others, improve concentration and attention skills. 

Central to how music therapy works is the therapeutic relationship that is established and developed, through engagement in live musical interaction and play between a therapist and client. A wide range of musical styles and instruments can be used, including the voice, and the music is often improvised. Using music in this way enables clients to create their own unique musical language in which to explore and connect with the world and express themselves. 

Programme pending revalidation May 2015.  (BAMT, 2015)


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