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Parent-infant art therapy groups - NEW COURSE

This course will explore a model of parent-infant art therapy and how it may be used in practice. We will look at the theoretical background to parent-infant work with a focus on developmental psychology and parent-infant interactions. We will cover the practicalities of setting up a group, use video examples to show how art can be beneficial for dyads, and discuss how best to evaluate this work.

Friday 24th - Saturday 25th September 2021

10:00am - 16:00pm


(Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent the day before)

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**This course is open to qualified and trainee Art Therapists, and other qualified creative and health professionals from around the world**


This course will cover the background to a parent-infant approach, in particular the research around infant development and parent-infant interactions. We will set out a model of parent-infant art therapy groups based around shared art making experiences, where parent and infant paint and make art together. The use of video footage from sessions will be used to highlight examples of how art making with this age group may look in practice and those ways that it can facilitate improvements to the kinds of interactions that infants are experiencing with their primary carer.


We will cover practical aspects of how these groups function such as how to structure a group, timeframes, suitable spaces, safe materials, co-facilitators, and safe-guarding. We will also give thought to how we evaluate this area of work. Participants may find it useful to have their choice of art making materials available as they will be given the opportunity to reflect visually during the course.


On completion of this course you will be able to:

• Understand the theoretical basis for parent-infant work and the kinds of interactions which are positive for infants


• Define the model of parent-infant work


• Visualise how a group functions and know what factors are important to consider when setting up a group


• Consider how this model would work best within your setting


• Consider which form of evaluation would be most suited to your particular setting


Vicky Armstrong is an art psychotherapist and post graduate researcher who has worked with children in the voluntary sector and developed a model of parent-infant groups.


Dr Josephine Ross is a senior lecturer and a developmental psychologist. Together they created the Art at the Start project which is delivering and researching parent-infant art therapy interventions and early years participative arts in collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts. They have a history of successful funding bids within this area and have developed evaluation tools as well as writing a number of publications together. Their work at DCA recently won the Fantastic for Families impact award.

Additional Information:


  • Booking will close 2pm the day before.
  • Reading materials and invite to join will be sent the day before.


Trainee BAAT Member: £160.00


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £170.00


x3 Reduced Rate - Trainee & Unemployed Member Places: £130.00 (please contact the office to book this place - booked on a first come, first serve bases)

Please Note: We can not reserve Reduced Rate Places.


Full Underemployed Member: £180.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £210.00


Associate Member: £210.00


Employer Funded BAAT Members: £235.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £265.00


Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here:


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx

Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to:


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.


Convenors: Vicky Armstrong & Dr Josephine Ross

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