About art therapy training courses for therapists
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses artistic methods to help treat psychological disorders and improve mental health. It is founded on the belief that creative expression can assist in strengthening mental wellbeing and addressing emotional issues that sufferers may find confusing or distressing.
The link between artistic expression and mental health has long been well known. For thousands of years, people have depended on the arts for communication and healing. The observation by doctors that people living with mental illness often expressed themselves through art-making – including the production of drawings, paintings and other artworks – eventually led to the development, in the 20th century, of art therapy as its own recognised discipline.
Producing art can give those suffering from a range of mental health issues and other conditions a means of expressing themselves, which in turn, can help them build their self-awareness and self-confidence.
Art therapists – sometimes also referred to as ‘art psychotherapists’ – work with people of all ages, who may have various emotional, behavioural or mental health problems. Art therapy can also be helpful for those with learning disabilities, neurological conditions, physical illnesses, or life-limiting conditions. As an art therapist, you may be based in any of a variety of settings, such as the National Health Service (NHS), social services, prisons, educational settings, and private practice.
If you are a currently active art therapist, you will already be well-qualified, with entry into this field typically requiring a first degree in art or a related subject, as well as an approved master’s degree in art therapy or art psychotherapy. However, you are also likely to appreciate opportunities for continued professional development (CPD), including the chance to consume world-class content from trusted experts in your field.
This is the kind of opportunity that nscience is committed to delivering for the benefit of both current and prospective mental health professionals. The audiences for whom we design our online and offline courses and events include those who recognise how art therapy can often intersect with other techniques, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and group therapy.
At the time of typing, we make available a video course that takes a closer look at expressive art therapy, including the assumption – on which the field is based – that creative expression can aid clients in recovering from trauma and/or addictions.
The course provides an informative introduction to expressive art therapy, also considering how the approach conceptually incorporates learnings from Jungian, person-centred and Gestalt psychotherapies.
The aforementioned course, with its focus on strategies for trauma-focused care, is likely to be of particular interest and relevance to trauma therapists and addiction specialists, but also those active in related mental health fields and treatments.
As a psychotherapist, addiction specialist or other mental health professional – or even someone who is not yet a qualified therapist – you are likely to gain invaluable insights into art therapy and its applications from our related seminars, webinars, workshops and conferences.
Our team is continually putting together training programmes and other modes of learning that assist art therapists and other psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors in becoming more effective at what they do, so that they can achieve the best possible results with their clients.