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Working on Borders: Socially Engaged Practice and Humanitarian Support

This course is open to all qualified professionals who want to explore working in community settings, social engagement and humanitarian support both within the UK and internationally. A continuum of practice will be explored, alongside issues of intent, formulation and ethics. The course tutors will draw upon their extensive and wide-ranging experience and theoretical knowledge, while project tasks between the two sessions will be integral.

Saturday 8th and Saturday 22nd February 2020

10am-5pm (registration opens at 9.30)


24-27 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD

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This course takes place over 2x Saturdays. Participants must have a willingness to engage in project tasks between the two Saturdays and feed these into course discussions. Open also to those who have attended previous CPD training days run by Bobby Lloyd and would like a top-up / to develop ideas further.


Art Therapists are increasingly working in wider areas of practice, necessarily adapting creative interventions for non-traditional art therapy contexts, both in the UK and internationally. Examples might include: working in an inner city street homeless project; social engagement on a housing estate; an open drop-in family space in a refugee camp; community crisis support following a disaster; one-off interventions in a variety of community settings. 


Drawing upon their extensive experience working in diverse settings in the UK and further afield, the course leaders will place central consideration on how to work safely, ethically and responsively in these situations so as to ensure creative interventions are meaningful and appropriate. 


The course will cover case examples, contemporary debate and discussion, definition of terms, consideration of materials and media, as well as practical discussion on working as art therapists beyond traditional art therapy settings. It will consider how to define the work as to a duty of care and professional ethics, and construct a virtual frame within which to work.

The course will particularly benefit registered Arts Therapists wishing to develop their work in the areas of community, social engagement as well as international humanitarian support.


Learning Outcomes:

Participants will feel more confident to practice as Arts Therapists in community, social engagement and humanitarian support both within the UK and internationally. There will be a theoretical as well as practical underpinning, which will include project design, adapting models, ethics and safe practice.


Bobby Lloyd is a visual artist, art therapist, supervisor, writer and educator based in London. She has collaborated over many years with other artists, art therapists, activists and academics. As CEO of the charity Art Refuge UK, she has led its project on the France-UK border at Calais since 2015. Her specialist focus is on refugees, displacement, groups and social change developed since the early 1990’s in the UK and internationally.


Miriam Usiskin is an HCPC registered art therapist, educator and supervisor who works in the UK and internationally. She is Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and a core Art Refuge UK team member in northern France since 2016. She is currently undertaking a professional doctorate focusing on portable studio, displacement and the Art Refuge UK intervention in Calais. Additionally she teaches at BAAT. 


Lunch and refreshments provided

Additional Information:

Non BAAT member fee: £260

Non BAAT Members:  To book please email with your booking enquiry. You will also need to create a BAAT booking account by registering here: This does not incur a fee.

Employer funded BAAT Member: £230

Full BAAT member self funded: £205

Under-employed BAAT member self funded: £175

Unemployed/Retired/ BAAT members: £165

2 reserved reduced places for Unemployed BAAT members £85 - have now been taken

Employer Payments & Invoicing:

If you or your employer would like to be invoiced for your place on this course please complete this Invoice form  Invoice Request - Event Booking  and return it to

Lunch and refreshments included.

Convenors: Bobby Lloyd & Miriam Usiskin

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