Post-qualification training for arts psychotherapists

We offer the following training courses for qualified art psychotherapists, music therapists and drama therapists:

Why train with us?

The training integrates well-established principles of arts therapies with research informed psychological interventions:

  • Developing a shared language for arts therapies interventions
  • Linking practice with outcomes
  • Using research to inform clinical development

The ICAPT team is led by clinical leads and managers who have demonstrated clinical expertise in art psychotherapy, music therapy and drama therapy. The training is attended by arts therapists from different backgrounds and offers an opportunity to provide a multi-modal learning forum.

During these times of such significant change in the health services, where jobs have far less security than ever before, and as payment by results becomes implemented through value-based commissioning, it will become more a requirement that we are able to demonstrate a shared understanding of the treatment process from the therapist's, manager's and patient's perspective.

These training programmes are a significant step towards establishing a position that offers a clinically led solution.

If you have not already completed this training and you are either intending to work in a health setting which involves the treatment of severe mental health disorders or you are already working in a health setting, we believe that these training programmes would be of benefit to you.

Advanced psychoanalytically informed Arts Psychotherapies Supervision

Date: Thursday 31 October 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019

Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm (both days)

Duration: Two days training

Summary: We will explore the task of supervising effectively from a psychoanalytic perspective. CPD certified.

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The Art of Assessment

Date: Wednesday 20 November 2019

Time: 9.15am to 4.30pm

Duration: One day training

Summary: Increasingly and across a variety of settings, arts psychotherapists are being asked to take part in a range of assessments. From generic mental health assessments, risk assessments or assessing patient suitability for specific treatment programmes, the art of balancing patient engagement with the assessment task at hand requires highly developed and specialised skills. CPD certified.

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Mentalization Based Arts Psychotherapies for BPD and Psychosis

Date: Tuesday 25 February to Wednesday 26 February

Time: 9.15am to 4.15pm

Duration: Two day training

Summary: An arts psychotherapies Mentalization Based model focuses on re-representations (image, sound, movement and narrative) of self and other and the underlying affect linked with the interpersonal context. A range of methods will be highlighted that help to promote conditions for developing implicit and explicit reflections as well as understanding non-mentalizing processes and how these manifest in mental health conditions associated with Borderline Personality Disorder or psychosis. Verbal and arts based interventions and strategies are described in the context of arts psychotherapies practice and are explored in relation to working with individuals and groups. The trainers also adapt the training, where possible, to the aims that are collaboratively set. Teaching includes presentations and experiential work. CPD certified.

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