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External Courses


Healthcare Conferences UK organises and produces high quality healthcare conferences and exhibitions with a specialist interest in a clinical audience. Their events support knowledge sharing, professional development and take a practical approach to learning through case study based best practice. We look forward to welcoming you to our conferences.
There are a number of conferences coming up detailed below that may be of interest to BAAT members. With a 20% discount offer exclusively for BAAT members using code hcuk20baat

Forthcoming Events:
Implementing the NICE Quality Standard for Eating Disorders
Monday 21 May 2018  De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Providing Emotional First Aid for Refugees: Fourth Annual Conference
Monday 21 May 2018  De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Illness: Recovery through Early Interventions
Friday 25 May 2018  De Vere West One, London
Assessing Risk in Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
Friday 1 June 2018  De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
IAPT: Improving Psychological Therapies for Older People
Friday 8 June 2018  De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
Masterclass: Expert Assessment Skills for the Family Court
Monday 18 June 2018  De Vere West One, London
New Savoy Conferences presents Disrupting IAPT: can digital pathways 'change the game'?
Monday 25 June 2018  De Vere West One Conference, London
Medically Unexplained Symptoms/Somatic Symptom Disorder National Summit 2018
Wednesday 11 July 2018  Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
Dual Diagnosis: Improving the Management of severe mental illness and substance misuse
Friday 13 July 2018  De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
For further information and booking please click here


These courses have been designed by experienced art therapists to help participants decide if an art therapy career is for them. They are also helpful for people who may already use art in their work and wish to develop their creative practice. We aim to provide art therapy introductory training to people who may find it hard to access this because of where they live. Please visit our website for details on our introductory discounts in May and to meet our international faculty members as well as find out how to connect to our worldwide networ

For more information please click on the link:


Course 1: When thinking fails: Mentalization-based art therapy groups
Course 2: Group leadership style: Reflective practice exercise

The Oxford College of Arts & Therapies is delighted to launch its first two art therapy CPD online courses. These filmed lectures by Dr Neil Springham (PhD) address 'When thinking fails: Mentalization-based art therapy groups' and 'Group leadership style: Reflective practice exercise'. They include handouts and exercises.  

They will be of interest to art therapists, artists in health, other professionals and students. We also hope that people who live in areas where accessing training is difficult will find these helpful.

Continuing Professional Development Certificates are downloadable on completion. Please visit our website 



The course is intended as a first step to a qualification, or as an opportunity to discover how therapeutic art-making may be adapted to different contexts and clients, linked to key theories of wellbeing.

This is a sequence of three courses. You can attend one of them or all. Taken together they are a thorough introduction to the potential for art as a therapy through experiential learning, activity and involvement. Participants will be able to develop their own personal creativity while gaining an understanding of how Art Therapy is effective in health care and educational contexts and as a growing profession. 

Symbol and Language
Course Date: Monday 12th February 2018 ~ 9.30 – 17.00
Course Cost: £165.00

Expression and Meaning
Course Date: Monday 9rd April 2018 ~ 9.30 – 17.00
Course Cost: £165.00

Looking and Making
Course Dates: Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June 2018 ~ 10.00 – 16.00
Course Cost: £300.00
For more information and booking details please click on the PDF: Introduction to Art Therapy.pdf




Spring Retreat 14 & 15 April 2018, Derbyshire
Spring into Creativity; opening up your creativity & reflecting on new beginnings

Bethan Baëz-Devine & Sharon Herriot are experienced Art Psychotherapists with a passion for inspiring people to work more creatively. 

The Potting Shed is a safe and welcoming space for play, creativity, learning and innovation. Offering non-residential creative retreats for therapists and counsellors of all modalities. Small group activities, reflection, exploration of your creative practice & integration into client-work

Information about June & October Retreats, other Potting Shed events & mailing-list:

For more information and booking please click here


Thursday 19 April 2018

The Conference and Showcase is an Aesop collaboration with the College of Medicine and Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The main target audience is health professionals. The aim is to inspire them about the power of the arts to improve the lives of patients and health professionals, and to galvanise and equip them to work with artists and arts organisations. 

Please click on the PDF for further information and the expression of interest form: Aesop showcase - EOI form.pdf



Personality Development and Psychotherapy
4 - 6th of May 2018, London
Attachment, simple and complex trauma can have an impact not only on the brain, but also on the personality development of human beings. In recent years, there has been a growing consensus within the scientific community on the importance of the connections between attachment, trauma, personality development and pathology. 

Leading experts in all these fields will gather in London next May to share their vast knowledge about attachment, trauma, personality development and psychotherapy. After the first unforgettable conference in May 2017, this Congress is an unmissable event within the international landscape of psychology and psychotherapy. Besides eleven different presentations and one panel discussion per day, there will be ample space for discussion. 
To find out more please click here



Date:  from 4-6th May 2018 
Location: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester 

The UK’s first European Outsider Art Association Conference will be hosted by Outside In. The conference is aimed at anyone interested in Outsider Art and making the art world more inclusive. 

This year, the conference will focus on ‘The Artist’s Voice’, celebrating the work of excluded and non-traditional artists, and centralising their voice in discussions about Outsider Art.

Speakers at the conference include acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Bobby Baker, and representatives from MADMusee, a museum in Belgium that curates and promotes art produced by artists with learning disabilities, Blue Circus, a Finnish art collective aiming to raise awareness of autism, and Grand BAZ’ART, a yearly Outsider Art festival in France. 
Tickets for the weekend cost £150 (plus a booking fee). For a further £75, attendees can join a VIP programme, involving excusive behind-the-scenes tours of local arts studios and collections relating to Outsider Art from 2nd – 3rd May. Tickets to just the opening Friday night are also available for just £15.

For more information please click on the link:



10 weeks Art Therapy Group for the Helping Professions

Thursdays from 17 May until 19 July - 5:45pm - 7:15pm - LIFT Islington
We are two qualified Art Therapists with a combined experience of more than twenty years of experience. We recognize the need for professionals working in health, care and education to look after themselves and guard against burnout so that they may provide the best possible service. Please circulate to all interested persons. See leaflet with detailed information.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us on
For more information please click on the PDF: Art Therapy for Helping Professions.pdf



Art therapists from around the world are cordially invited to join this creative celebration.

The Art as Therapy Conference is a creative gathering of the Israeli arts therapy community. This three day event has been held near the Caesarea beach every alternate year since 2010.

In a format that is more akin to a festival than a conference, it aims to develop the therapist and strengthen the connection with his/her inner artist. It focuses on his/her experience and not only on presentation of methods, theories or clients needs. The conference includes collective rituals and creative gatherings, lectures, indoor and outdoor workshops in all art therapy methods, performances and exhibitions, body-mind workshops at sunrise on the beach, and  time to be and create together and alone, at the beach and in the studio.

Experiential Conference & Tour
31.05.2018 - 02.06.2018 & 29 - 31st of May 2018, Israel
To connect with creativity, nature and renewal
To meet art therapists from Israel and Europe
To learn, create and develop

For more information contact Sharon Cohen:
Tel & whatsApp: +972-52-5404109 
Conference website here
Facebook here




Date: 9th June 2018
Location: Northampton

Cost: £50 -£60 including lunch

Orchard Therapeutic Services are hosting a 1-Day CPD Training session with Dr Karen Treisman. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to hear and work with Karen in the Midlands.

Dr Karen Treisman, of Safe Hands Thinking Minds is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist. She will be leading a 1-day session covering Developmental & Relational Trauma. Dr Treisman has significant experience in the NHS and Children’s Services, as well cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of Rwandan Genocide.

For more information please click on the link:




21st June 2018

The benefits of using the arts for patients with long term conditions is well documented. Now we would like to give you the opportunity to have access to a toolkit with more than 400 activities to help you bring the arts into your role. Whether you’re a carer, a patient, health professional or you just want to find out more – this conference is for you.

You can get access to the toolkit at our launch event on 21st June 2018 at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. Join us and listen to those involved in the project as well as key speakers Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing from the Royal College of Nursing and Ben Saul, Chair of Trustees for the British Association of Music Therapy. 
The TABLO (Training staff in the use of Arts for the Benefit of patients with Long-Term Conditions) project is co funded by the European Union with support from the European Commission. 

Spaces are limited so book your place now here



23rd - 26th June 2018, London

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) is a transformational and healing-oriented – rather than psychopathology based – model of therapy founded by Diana Fosha, Ph.D.  This immersion course will provide ample exposure to AEDP’s hallmark techniques that: (1) actively and explicitly work with the experience of the attachment, here-and-now, in the therapeutic dyad; (2) use dyadic affect regulation to undo aloneness and process intense overwhelming emotions; and (3) actively, explicitly and experientially work to process intense emotional experiences until adaptive healing resources are released.     

For more information and booking please click here



Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018, London.
Can we describe a healthy mind? This workshop, led by world-renowned expert Dr. Daniel Siegel, will provide you with strategies to monitor and modify energy and information flow with more clarity and power, and will explore how integration can serve as an organizing principle that illuminates mindsight, harmony, resilience, and vitality.

For more information and booking please click here 



Part I will be 4-17 August 2018 - Clay Field Therapy with adults
Part II will be August 2019 - Clay Field Therapy with children

Facilitator Cornelia Elbrecht Art Therapist AThR, SEP
(see website for short video of Clay Field work in action and detailed info in ‘Trauma Healing at the Clay Field‘ by Cornelia Elbrecht)

A unique opportunity for arts therapists and other mental health professionals to learn about Trauma Healing at the Clay Field in an intensive four week long training programme in two parts in the UK. Usually trainings are in Europe/Australia.

Venue : Sutton, Woodbridge, Suffolk near the UK East Coast and offers the option of a study-holiday experience for professional and personal development.

For more information please click on the PDF: Clay Field.pdf   




Supervision Training - University of Derby

Date: October 2018

This course provides an introduction to practice in the clinical supervision of art therapists.

This course is for qualified art therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals who are, or intend to be, actively involved in the clinical supervision of qualified art therapists or art therapists in training.

The course lasts six months with attendance required once a month on Saturday’s and commences in October 2018.

A limited number of bursary places are available subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

For further details please click on the website link here or on the PDF below: Art_therapy_supervision_Derby.pdf