International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training (ICAPT)

Developing effective approaches for arts psychotherapies practice in mental health.

Arts psychotherapists use a non-verbal medium to help link talking and feeling in powerful and focused ways. It is of no surprise that arts can promote mental health and wellbeing, however the models of practice need to be applied in the right way with the knowledge of technical aspects of implementation informed by evidence.

The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training in Mental Health (ICAPT) was established in 2011 to build upon the excellence of arts psychotherapies clinical expertise and to offer training for evidence-based models more widely. The aim of the centre is to provide a better experience for patients where interventions are guided but not prescriptive and are informed by the latest research without losing the intuition and innovation of which arts psychotherapists are known for.

The priorities of the centre are to:

  • Offer training in mentalisation-based arts psychotherapies, interpersonal arts psychotherapies and interventions for psychosis
  • Develop clinical research and quality improvement projects for arts psychotherapies within mental health services
  • Develop dialogues with service users about what works for whom
  • Build an international community

This is the first centre of its kind, accessible to all arts psychotherapists with a focus on evidence-based practice for clinical groups and will help to offer a way forward for arts psychotherapists refining clinical methods verbally and non-verbally for specific clinical populations.

 ICAPT training dates:

2018 ICAPT training dates have now been released, with more to follow later in the year.

Find our training schedule here


Arts Psychotherapies NHS Summer School

This four-day programme on 23, 24, 25 and 27 July 2018 will offer insights and experiential sessions relating to working with MDTs and psychiatry, diagnosis, core competencies, interviews and essentially what is required to be employed in an NHS context. 

Priced at £400 for the full week / £250 for students, excluding fees. You also have the option to select days to attend with a day rate of £110 / £80 for students, excluding fees.

Click on this link to see the programme outline and book! 

The ICAPT Lecture Series

The ICAPT team, colleagues and partners will be presenting some of their ideas that are at the heart of what drives their interest in developing research informed practice in arts psychotherapies. To see upcoming lectures and to book your place, visit our dedicated page.


UKCP Placements

We offer placements exploring the use of different clinical models in health settings including psychiatric placements for psychotherapists working with adults and psychiatric placements for psychotherapists working with older adults and healthy ageing.

Applications are now closed until further notice as our quota has been reached. If you would like to be notified in advance of applications opening again or have any further questions please email

More information

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