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External Courses




These courses have been designed by experienced art therapists to help participants decide if an art therapy career is for them. They are also helpful for people who may already use art in their work and wish to develop their creative practice. We aim to provide art therapy introductory training to people who may find it hard to access this because of where they live. Please visit our website for details on our introductory discounts in May and to meet our international faculty members as well as find out how to connect to our worldwide network.

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This e.learning course focuses on art therapy studio and open groups practice and includes:

* Definition, difference & common ground between the two models 
* The concepts and practice of dynamic administration 
* Structural and boundary differences in group types 
* Best practices for each type of group, including referrals, integration of approaches (directive, interactive, non-directive), observational skills, enabling engagement in art making, how to discuss artworks, group theory and practice challenges, and co-working. 

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10 Hourly Sessions of (DBT) Informed Skills Training for Health Care Professionals: Optional Art Exercises plus PDF Manual

This training covers DBT History, Skills Training Groups, Individual DBT Therapy along with modules of DBT – Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Also included are examples of how to complete Diary Cards and Chain Analysis

For more information and a free introductory video visit here

All materials in this ME Managing Emotions Program have been adapted from Professor Marsha Linehan’s Skills Training Manuals 1993, 2015 and information from or modifications to those © documents. 

To download application form here

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Animated Tales offer take-away short courses and collaborative one day online workshops in animation and embodied story-making.

They offer a step-by-step guide to.

- Making puppets

- Animating them

- Making backgrounds and adding sound

- Telling a story safely through emergent narrative

Each course comes with easy-to-follow video tutorials, text, set tasks and online support to help you master this magical but accessible medium so that you can tell your own story and extend your skill set with service users.

"A Brilliant, Creative, Experimental, Educational Fun Course"(Course Participant)

Find out more here

or email Tony 





Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire
Introducing our new Creative Arts Therapy CPD: Innovative practice, research and supervision
Free Taster Courses: Creative Arts Therapies CPD

Enrol on one or both of our free taster courses for art therapy professionals. Working with our Programme Director, Gary Nash, a founder member of the London Arts therapy Centre, experience an introduction to our new 6 module CPD programme.  
The focus of the taster Sessions is on art-based supervision skills and research.

We are also offering a 25% discount off of our Art Therapy CPD programme starting in September 2021 when you sign up before 8th July 2021.

1: Supervision skills, knowledge & methods – using art-based reflective supervisory approach
Dates: Wednesday 12th May 2021 - 4 – 6pm
Cost: Free
For more information and booking: Link      

2: Practice into research – completing the reflective cycle – research skills, methods & developments 
Dates: Wednesday 14th July 2021 - 4 – 6pm
Cost: Free
For more information and booking – Link

For more information our full CPD programme.-  Creative Arts Therapy CPD: Innovative practise, research and supervision

Creative Arts Therapy CPD: Innovative practice, research and supervision

Our exciting and innovative post-qualifying professional development (CPD) programme offers a flexible modular course that aims to deepen knowledge, develop innovation and integrate creative approaches used in contemporary arts therapy practice. The course is designed to extend skills and share expertise between practising arts therapists; promote and evaluate research methodologies; reflect on and critically evaluate current practice across the arts therapies professions and embed new learning in our roles as arts therapists and supervisors.

Completion of two modules will receive a CPD certificate of attendance.  Completion of all 6 modules will receive additional certification in supervisory practice with an additional certificate for the research component. 

Courses start in September 2021 and run through to April 2022.  For full details and bookings - Creative Arts Therapy CPD: Innovative practise, research and supervision

And Introduction to Art Therapy short courses

These short courses provide an introduction to the potential for art to be therapeutic through experiential learning. Students will be able to develop their personal creativity while gaining an understanding of Art Therapy as a growing profession in health care and educational contexts.

1. Introduction to Art Therapy Contexts and Clients
Discover how therapeutic art making may be adapted to different contexts and vulnerable clients and groups.  
Course dates: Monday 25 October 2021 or Monday 14 February 2022 - 9:30 – 16:30
Course Cost: £195.00 
Book now - Introduction to Art Therapy - Expression and Meaning Online Course

2. Introduction to Working One-to-One in Art Therapy
Gain an understanding of the contexts for art therapy and the creative process involved in its practice. 
Course dates: Monday 04 April 2022 - 09:30 – 16:30
Course Cost: £195.00
Book now - Introduction to Art Therapy - Looking and Making Course

3. Introduction to Working with Groups in Art Therapy 
Gain an understanding of working one-to-one in art therapy and the creative process involved in this practice.

Course dates: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 June 2022 - 10:00 – 16:00
Course Cost: £300.00
Book now - Introduction to Art Therapy - Imagining Islands

All of these courses being run on campus and on-line.

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An Introduction to Art Therapy

A series of short courses that offer an introduction to the potential for art therapy to be a source of personal feeling and meaning. Designed as a first step towards further professional qualification or as an opportunity to discover how therapeutic art making may be adapted to different contexts and vulnerable clients and groups.

For more information and booking details please click the links below:

Looking and Making

Introduction to Art Therapy - Looking and Making Course

Course Dates: Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd June 2021
Course times: 10:00 - 16:00
Course Cost: £300.00

This two day course explores the relationship between therapeutic art making and the benefits of looking at and viewing art. Through a process of creative art making in the workshop, followed by close looking and reflection, we will consider how images can be both evocative of personal and cultural meaning, and offer a shared collective language to facilitate change and encourage well-being.

If you wish to discuss this or any other Creative Arts short courses, please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or



Presents (Online) Into the Woods; a creative exploration of trauma
8th – 9th May, 10:00 – 16:00

The second of this year's Potting Shed online weekend events for therapists, counsellors and mental health professionals; offering a full creative weekend exploring trauma and the implications for practice & self care.

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Facilitator: Cornelia Elbrecht AThR, SEP, REAT
Venue: Lanehead, East of Lake, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AA          
Date: 15 July - 29 July 2022

Trauma Healing at the Clay Field is a sensorimotor, bottom-up approach particularly valuable for treating adults suffering from complex trauma and children with developmental needs. The focus is on haptic perception; how the hands touch the symbolic world of the Clay Field. Almost all trauma involves touch. Neurobiology suggests the need to address learnt action patterns stored in the brainstem, in order to undo early developmental setbacks. Clay Field Therapy is unique in its ability fulfil earliest developmental needs in a self-directed way, without a focus on symptoms or “what happened”...

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