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Introduction to Art Therapy – Online and Outdoors

This new six-day Introduction to Art Therapy course will be delivered through a mixture of 4 online sessions and 2 face to face group meetings to enable us to learn safely within current Covid guidelines. The course is taught by two experienced Art Therapists and offers an introductory experience to the practice including exploratory investigations of therapeutic image making at home and in the natural environment. This course is a stand alone experience for those wishing to know more about Art Therapy and Environmental Arts Therapy or can be a taster for those who are thinking about applying for our Art Therapy Foundation Diploma

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What topics are covered?

A brief history of Art Therapy – a presentation putting the profession of Art Therapy in context and including recent developments.
o Image making workshops – Simple hands on exercises to generate images for us to look at and discuss, showing some key concepts of Art Therapy.
o Case study examples – Talks with examples of clients images showing how an Art Therapist might work with an individual or group
o A visiting lecturer to talk about taking Art Therapy outdoors and working online.
o Exploration of your own creative process through themed image making and reflection in the group, both at home and at face to face gatherings at Somer Valley Campus
o Group numbers will be limited to give an enhanced learning experience.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is a stand-alone experience for those wishing to know more about Art Therapy and Environmental Art Therapy or can be a taster for those who are thinking about applying for our Art Therapy Foundation Diploma

Enrolments are welcomed from artists, community artists, people already working and using art making with adults, young people and children, anyone wanting to explore their own creativity and increase their understanding of the therapeutic benefits of art making and of working in nature.
No artistic skill is required but willingness to make images is essential.

Who will be my tutor?

Jo Beedell is an artist with an interest in ceramics, drawing, environmental arts therapy and collaborative art making. An HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist and Supervisor, she has worked with children with special needs, in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, in education, with groups of Young Carers, for Avon & Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust on three different acute inpatient wards, at Penny Brohn Cancer Care, Studio Upstairs, a therapeutic open studio community and at the Rainbow Centre for bereaved families.
Before qualifying in 2001, she facilitated groups for Parentline Plus – group support for parent-child relationships – and worked as an animator, illustrator, and in arts development. Present Art Therapy work is occasional work in Cancer Care and supervision for other art therapists. She enjoys teaching/facilitating introductory, foundation and experiential groups and has been employed in this capacity by BAAT, University of the West of England and the University of Riga, Latvia.

Anita Bradford BA(Hons), MA in Art Therapy
Anita is an HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist. Her clinical work is mainly in the Charity and voluntary sectors. She works with people on an individual basis, in families or groups. She worked in a therapeutic arts community for several years and has run groups for different organisations including care homes. She has worked as an art therapist providing specialist family and individual work in bereavement, worked in schools, and currently works more generally with children and families. She has a particular interest in groups, has a Diploma in Group Work and is training towards qualification as a Group Analyst. She has also completed an infant observation course. She has been the co-lead in a private art therapy group for adults and has a small supervision practice. Prior to becoming a tutor, she was a visiting lecturer on the Art Therapy Foundation Diploma, she has run art therapy workshops and taught on therapy training and other foundation courses and has conducted experiential groups.

How will I learn?

Session 1: 06/11/2020 Online

Session 2: 13/11/2020 Online

Session 3: 20/11/2020 Somer Valley Campus

Session 4: 27/11/2020 Online

Session 5: 04/12/2020 Online

Session 6: 11/12/2020 Somer Valley Campus

Where will I need to go on my first day?

Your first session will be online.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring suitable clothing for the outdoor sessions and a face covering.

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment


If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

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