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Working with Children and Young People in Arts Therapy 2017-18

08 March 2017

The British Association of Art Therapists is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for the second cohort of the Level 5 Diploma in Working with Children in Art Therapy, written and designed by BAAT and accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).


Never before has there been such a wealth of compelling evidence, making us more determined than ever to ensure that we are getting it right for our children!

The rising incidence of mental health issues amongst children and young people has become an acute source of concern. Growing evidence highlights a need for accessible and effective interventions that can engage this client group. Additionally, clinicians have to work within an increasingly complex legal framework and ensure that their practice complies with statutory requirements. Children and young people sometimes struggle to put their feelings into words and professionals often report that art and other creative therapies can have significant impact on impulse control, wellbeing and emotional literacy.

In response to the sharp increase in children’s mental health issues within a rapidly changing legislative framework BAAT launched its first accredited course, Working with Children in Arts Therapy.

The curriculum is specifically designed to enhance existing skills and to support arts therapists already engaged in, or wishing to join the children and young people’s workforce. With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) policy coming into effect in May 2018 our course also aims to ensure that arts therapists are supported to safeguard client data, understand implications for consent and subject access requests, particularly in relation to children and young people.

The course will equip arts therapists with the skills required to ensure ethical and effective intervention with children and young people. This course is open to HCPC registered arts therapists and international applicants who work abroad.

We are now delighted to announce that in response to member’s feedback we will be able to offer a part time study option.

Deadline for applications for the next cohort: 30th of June 2017
Start Date: 30 September 2017 

For more information please click here

Level 5 Diploma in Working with Children in Art Therapy...

An effective and vibrant profession continues to grow and challenge itself to improve outcomes for children, young people and families - feedback from some of the committed Arts Therapists currently teaching or studying on the diploma course:

'I learned so much teaching with Mary Rose on the Assessment module for the diploma. It made me realise just how much of what we do as art therapists is actually continual assessment'  Art Therapist & Tutor, Bobby Lloyd

'Thank you very much for a very informative module! It was great to meet both tutors and I was very impressed with all your preparation and professionalism in running the course.' Art Therapist, Student

'As well as informative you managed to make the module warm and entertaining too! Looks like there's a great mix of like minded art therapists bringing their skills and experiences too!' Art Therapist, Student

'Thank you for such an enjoyable and stimulating time on the BAAT diploma, I have felt enthused and re-energised ever since!' Art Therapist, Student

'Thank you for an incredibly nurturing and insightful module on the course.' Art Therapist, Student

'So far the course has been very relevant to my role and will help me in all aspects of my practice, especially in areas that I was previously unclear about, such as current legislation.' Art Therapist, Student

'There was a great mixture of theoretical and practical training that was delivered excellently by experienced art therapists who were able to break everything down into simplified sections and answer all our queries. I'm really looking forward to the next module!' Art Therapist, Student


You can find out more about our accredited course here: Level 5 Diploma in Working with Children in Art Therapy

Application deadline for the 2017-18 diploma: 30th June 2017 (start date: 30th September 2017)

You can see some of the great work the 2016-17 cohort have been doing here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest or LinkedIn

#ArtTherapyCYP Diploma @baat_org

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