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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

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy is an established approach to personal and group therapy which utilises the inherent potential of music as an effective communicative medium. Creating and improvising music with the client, the therapist seeks to draw her/him into active musical involvement, seeking out, gaining and maintaining contact in order to establish and develop a working relationship. Both therapist and client are engaged in a progression of interactive therapeutic experiences from session to session, the therapist supporting each stage of the client’s creative development with the music itself regarded as the main agent of change.
movement reflects an individual's patterns of thinking, feeling and communicating.

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