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What is art therapy? As it is practised today, art therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which making images and objects play a central role. The essence of art therapy lies in the relationship between art and therapy. As such, art therapy involves both the process and products of imaginative activity and the provision of a safe environment within which it is possible for individuals to discover, explore and share the meaning their images or objects may have for them. The range of settings in which art therapists now work is constantly developing and includes hospitals, schools, community based centres, prisons and units providing therapeutic services for particular client groups. Within these broad areas art therapists may work with individuals on a one to one basis or with groups. Increasingly art therapists are also to be found practising in a number of specialised fields such as family therapy, forensic psychiatry or physical illness and medicine. In each of these areas the aims of art therapy will inevitably vary according to the needs of the individual or client group. The Foundation Course in Art Therapy  A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting art psychotherapy practitioners from a wide range of fields. One full weekend introductory workshop to begin the course to be held (provisionally) on 12 & 13 January 2008. Sessions once a month on Saturdays, 9:30am - 4:30pm throughout January to July 2008 with a final full weekend workshop to close the course.

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The course is designed to provide an introduction to art therapy for those people intending to train as art therapists or who wish to gain some experience of art therapy for their own personal or professional development. It is not a qualifying course for individuals wishing to practice clinically as an art therapist. Workshops: the workshops will provide students with an opportunity to explore using art materials and making images to express and communicate experiences and feelings. The workshops will constitute a small group led by a qualified, state registered art therapist. The emphasis of the workshops is educational and not therapeutic.


Seminars: the seminars introduce students to some of the ways the therapeutic potential of art is employed by experienced practitioners in a variety of health care settings. The seminars take the form of presentations of clinical work and opportunity for discussion. Successful completion of the course requires a minimum attendance of 80% and a satisfactory student presentation. A certificate of attendance will be awarded. This will not automatically ensure a student’s entry to the professional training provided by the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy, however, the certificate will support an application to undertake further training. Course fees and applications    Full fee: £670 Deposit: £320 - to be paid when place on the course is accepted The remaining £350 to be paid in April 2008

If any student drops out of the course they will still incur the full financial liability of the course and an agreement must be signed to that effect. If you wish your employer to pay, they will be invoiced for the full amount prior to the course beginning. Applications will be considered from people with a strong commitment to art and/or who are employed in educational, health, social services or voluntary sector settings. Special consideration will be given to those applicants who have already been provisionally accepted onto the MA Art Psychotherapy Practice, pending their gaining more personal experience of art therapy. Prospective students for the Foundation course need not have any formal art training, although this is generally a requirement for those intending to apply for a place on the MA in Art Psychotherapy Practice at a later date. All applicants are asked to write a short, 500 word essay in response to the question ‘Is art always therapeutic?’ This should be returned, along with the attached application form, to the Foundation in Art Therapy course leader. A short informal interview will be arranged before any applicant is accepted on the course. This will be a chance for you to find out more about the course and an opportunity for us to meet you. Deadline for applications: Monday, 29th October 2007 Interviews will be held during November and December 2007. Application forms to be returned to: Foundation Course in Art Therapy Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy Netherthorpe House 101 Netherthorpe Road Sheffield S3 7EZ Telephone: 0114 2264900 Email: or


Additional Information The course will take place at Netherthorpe House with the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy. The course teaching will be supported by a range of staff working with the Northern Programme and by visiting speakers. Art Therapists working with the course will include (amongst others) the following people. Deborah Gibson: BA (Hons), Pg Dip AT, RATh. Deborah lectures on the MA Art Psychotherapy Practice programme and maintains a small private caseload.She has experience of working in mental health in the Voluntary Sector, Social Services and NHS, especially with adult survivors of child sexual abuse.She is interested in learning and transformation Germaine Bryant:BA, Dip AT MA Art Psychotherapy Research, RATh. Germaine works part-time fo the NHS as an Art Therapist with adults with mental illness in community and hospital settings.She lectures with the Northern Programme on the MA in Art PsychotherapyPractice.She is particularly interested in the role of supervision in Art Therapy and the process of art making. Venue: Foundation Course in Art Therapy Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy Sheffield Care Trust Netherthorpe House 101 Netherthorpe Road Sheffield S3 7EZ Telephone: 0114 226 4900 Guidelines for workshop participants The primary aim of the art therapy workshops is education, not therapy. However, due to the experiential nature of these workshops difficult personal issues or feelings may surface from time to time. Workshop participants are therefore reminded of the following:     Personal issues that arise are confidential to the workshop. All participants should respect the privacy of group members and each individuals right to choose their own level of involvement. Participants are required to respect the safety of people and property. We would strongly suggest that you keep a reflective journal throughout the course ~ it might also help you with the following…

Presentation title ‘Impressions of art therapy’. You will be asked to give a presentation of your view of art therapy drawing upon what you have learned through personal experience, discussion and reading during the year. You may wish to include in your presentation an account of an image or series of images you have created during the art


therapy workshops. Presentations will be held over two evening sessions prior to the final meeting. Self evaluation There will be an opportunity for individual tutorials to talk about what you feel you have gained from the course and possibly about further training. Course evaluation There will be ongoing opportunities for students to give feedback about what has been useful about the course and what could be extended or improved. Your informal comments will be appreciated throughout the year. Boundaries and creative exploration Secure boundaries are essential to the practice of art psychotherapy. An image often used to describe this is a frame within a frame. The outer frame includes the societal circumstances in which the therapy relationship takes place and the immediate setting consisting of the actual studio room, the walls and the closed door. Further boundaries are provided by the structure of the time and duration of each session. Within this setting of the outer frame the inner frame is created. The client’s art object or the ‘picture within the frame’ is like a container or vessel, which offers an additional type of framed space set apart from the therapist. Art Therapy and Art Psychotherapy: ‘…provide a space which is safe and set apart for meditative, selfreflective experience. It is a place with its own rules and boundaries, within which the patient can be free to explore the inner world. The safety provided by these boundaries is essential to prevent the process from becoming overwhelming …’ (Schaverien, 1991, p.63). Whilst the course does not offer therapy in the full sense, it is important to maintain a commitment to the boundaries of regular attendance, time keeping and a level of confidentiality. In this way we are able to create a contained space, secure enough to allow the emergence of unconscious images and feelings.
Reference: Schaverien, J. (1991) The Revealing Image.London and New York: Routledge, reprinted in 1994 by Jessica Kingsley.

An introductory reading list Adamson, E (1984) Art as Healing. London: Coventure Press Arnheim, R. (1966) Toward a Psychology of Art: Collected Essays. California: University of California Press Case, C. and Dalley, T. (1992) The Handbook of Art Therapy. London: Routledge Dalley, T. (ed.) (1984) Art as Therapy. London: Tavistock Dalley, T. et al. (1987) Images of Art Therapy. London: Tavistock Dalley, T. Rifkind, G. and Terry, K. (1993) Three Voices of Art Therapy: Image, Client, Therapist. London: Writers and Readers Press 4

Edwards, D. (2004) Art Therapy. London. Sage Publications Fuller, P. (1980) Art and Psychoanalysis. London. Writers and Readers Press Gilroy, A and Dalley, T. (eds.) (1989) Pictures at an Exhibition: Selected Essays on Art and Art Therapy. London: Routledge Maclagan, D. (2001) Psychological Aesthetics: Painting, Feeling and Making Sense. London: Jessica Kingsley May, R. (1975) The Courage to Create. Reprinted in 1994 in London and New York: Norton McNiff, S. (1992) Art as Healing. New York: Shambala Milne, M. (1971) On Not Being Able to Paint. London: Heinmann Payne, H. (ed). (1993) Handbook of Enquiry in the Arts Therapies: One River Many Currents. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd Schaverien, J. (1991) The Revealing Image. London: Routledge, reprinted in 1999 by Jessica Kingsley. Simon, R. (1992) The Symbolism of Style. London: Routledge Thomson, M. (1989) On Art and Therapy. London Virago Woodsfield, R. ed. (1996) The Essential Gombrich. London: Phaidon



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