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South West Introduction to the Profession of Art Therapy

Are you looking for a new career that involves creativity and personal growth? Whether you are starting to shape your professional path or want to change an established work career, this workshop will help you to find out if the profession of Art Therapy may suit your needs. This day is particularly suitable for people who have a special interest in working with children.

Saturday 7th September 2019

10am to 5pm (registration from 9.30)


30 Brookvale Road, Portswood, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1QR

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We will introduce the professional context of Art Therapy and its development. We will explain the basic concepts of Art Therapy and present case studies from our clinical work in psychiatry and with children. We will also give an overview of the various pathways available to train in Art Therapy and there will be a ‘surgery’ time at the end of the day to meet individually with one of the convenors to discuss your personal needs. The workshop will include lectures, small group discussions and case presentations. 
Cliff Free has worked as an Art Psychotherapist for over 15 years in a variety of settings, including special schools (EBD and Autistic Spectrum), and CAMHS including Inpatient Units and Community teams. He is currently the Lead Art Psychotherapist in Tier 3 CAMHS for Solent NHS Trust as well as a generic therapist, and has a particular clinical interest in working with Eating Disorders and Self-harm, plus various forms of creative interventions with other professionals, and a passion for Family Therapy. Cliff served as an elected member of BAAT Council, worked as a peer reviewer for BAAT professional journal INSCAPE, provided BAAT input to Young Minds, and for many years coordinated CPD learning for other Art Therapists. He is also a BAAT approved Private Practitioner and Supervisor.
Mags Josephs retired from the NHS 3 years ago, having worked in Specialist Child & Adolescent mental health NHS, Hampshire for 30 years as an Art Psychotherapist. She was the Professional Lead for Art Psychotherapists for CAMHS in Hampshire. She saw children & YPs for individual Art Therapy as well as running Art Psychotherapy groups for 14-18 year olds. Having also trained to be a teacher, Mags has always been passionate about bridging the gap between agencies as well as professions & was a lead professional for the Government Funded Targeted Mental Health in schools Project in Gosport. Having worked alongside systemic family therapists for much of her career, she has also welcomed the opportunity of exploring new ways the two professions can work together for the benefit of the families seeking help. Mags now, has a small private practice, where she offers clinical supervision to other Art Therapists within the NHS and therapists working in the voluntary sector. She is also now developing her work as a fused glass artist, which she also teaches in her own studio at Willow Tree Glass and is enjoying exploring the less formal use of “art” as a therapeutic medium, in regular monthly open studio sessions. 

Parking at the venue: Parking for approx 10 cars at venue, plenty in surrounding residential areas.
Nearest train: St Denys - 20 mins walk; Southampton Central - 40 mins walk


Additional Information:

Fee for the day: £100 including refreshments and lunch

South West Introduction Programme.pdf


If you would like to be invoiced for your place on this conference, please complete this Invoice form Invoice Details Request - Event Booking.docx and return it to If you would like to be invoiced and are not a BAAT member, you will need to create a BAAT booking account by registering via our website here: This does not incur a fee and is free to set up. Please include your registered BAAT number within your form.

Lunch and refreshments included.


Convenors: Clifford Free & Mags Josephs

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