This Certificate course is designed to enable qualified helping professionals to introduce a variety of Creative Arts Therapies to their client work and to their own self-care process.
The creative arts are life-enhancing and have been used since the beginning of time as part of ritual, healing and celebration. Art, music and drama enrich and help us make meaning of our lives and environment. The creative arts therapies draw on this richness to facilitate expression in multi-faceted ways integrating the experience of a given art form with the theories and practice of psychology, psychotherapy and psychiatry as a unique form of therapeutic intervention. Creative arts therapies are widely used in a variety of settings from private practice to multidisciplinary teams within hospitals, rehabilitation centres, hospices, residential care facilities, mental health and social care services, schools and disability services. They are particularly useful where verbal expression is limited or difficult. Since images existed before words, they provide access to both unconscious processes as well as supporting us to work with both sides of the brain.