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Mindfulness-based art therapy: approaches and applications

This course is open to qualified Art Therapists and Art Therapy Trainees only. Mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT) is an integrated approach combining mindfulness teaching and practice with self-expression using art materials and a therapeutic relationship. MBAT is practiced with groups and individuals. This course will describe some of the theoretical origins of MBAT and help develop your understanding of mindfulness practices and the potential integration with art therapy.

Friday-Saturday 18-19th November 2022

10:00am - 16:00pm


Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent once booking has closed

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**This course is open to qualified & trainee art therapists from the UK and Internationally**

Mindfulness-based art therapy is a relatively new area and many art therapists are interested in integrating mindfulness in their work. It is recommended that art therapists who are integrating mindfulness do this from the basis of their own personal mindfulness meditation practice and further training in this area – in order to offer this in a safe and professional way. This course outlines the basics of the work and also gives pointers for further training for art therapists in teaching mindfulness. Interest in mindfulness has been increasing during the covid-19 pandemic. This may be due to the potential for mindfulness practice to help both client and therapist to regulate emotions, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and foster resilience. Mindfulness practices also help foster compassion; awareness of emotions and being less reactive. Aims of this integrated form of MBAT include enhancing and elucidating mindfulness practices; encouraging embodiment; soothing the nervous systems; discharging and transforming challenging feeling states through art making.


Taught presentations will focus on:

• Mindfulness: background understanding

• Mindfulness-based versus mindfulness-informed therapy

• case examples of MBAT

• Clinical considerations, client’s needs and contra-indicators

• Potential structure of MBAT sessions

• Recommended reading

The day will also include guided mindfulness meditation, small group work, reflective art making, and group discussions.


On completion of this course you will be able to:

• Understand the basis of offering integrated form of mindfulness and art therapy

• Have a theoretical background and examples of MBAT to draw on

• Be supported to further develop your practice to include mindfulness


Nicky Roland, is an experienced HCPC registered Art Therapist, a trained mindfulness teacher and supervisor. She has several years work experience in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice. She has offered one-to-one art therapy and supervision online over the last six years. During the Covid-19 pandemic she started a weekly online art therapy and mindfulness group based on the groups and workshops she facilitates at the London Art Therapy Centre.

Additional Information:

Please Note:

Booking closes 1-week prior to start date. Information and link to join the day will be sent once booking has closed.


Trainee BAAT Member: £180.00


x3 Reduced Rate for Trainees or Unemployed Members: £140.00

Please Note: We cannot reserve reduced rate places.


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £180.00


Full Underemployed Member: £190.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £220.00


Associate Member: £220.00


Employer Funded BAAT Members: £255.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £285.00


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.



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