Higher Diploma in Applied Creative Therapeutic Arts Practice with Children, Young People and Adults - Level 7

Do you aspire to support those suffering with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression in a counselling setting? Our Higher Diploma in Applied Creative Therapeutic Arts Practice with children, young people and adults will equip you with the knowledge and skills to work in this specialise filed.

Equip yourself for success and experience the satisfaction that helping

children, young people and adults brings.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling or equivalent at level 5.
  • Completed CV
  • A passport sized photograph
  • Enhanced disclosures via the Criminal Records Bureau confirming you are able to work with
  • young people
  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via 2 referee reports
  • BACP or UKCP member
  • Professional indemnity insurance


Therapeutic Art Therapy is one of the most popular, innovative therapies being used today. It draws upon a number of creative and expressive modalities ranging from painting, drawing, writing, clay, poetry, dance, and sand play. It has a broad range of vocational applications ranging from working with adults, children, aged care clients, brain injury patients, culturally diverse clients, and many client populations in between.

Clients do not need to have any experience or skill in art making – the process is not about creating aesthetic images, but about effecting change and growth through artistic expression in a safe and supportive environment. It is widely used for helping people with depression, relationship and identity issues, poor self esteem, fears, concerns, unhelpful behaviours or personal crisis and other mental health challenges.

This course combines the theory and practice used in Therapeutic Art Therapy within a person-centred framework. Students will experience a rich, exciting, intense, yet playful journey into the tapestry of the authentic self as they move into and beyond mainstream mental health ideas, and into the deeper dimensions of self-realisation; the core of person-centred work.

The course focuses on enhancing counselling practices with young people and adult to ensure that they are evidence - based, collaborative, and at an appropriate level of competence. Learners will also develop practical skills in the use of outcome and feedback measures used in CYP IAPT and an understanding of the core principles of participation and collaboration.

Aims of the Programme

Is to provide learners with new and/or additional expertise in therapeutic arts counselling sessions and the confidence to integrate this into professional practice, leading to a Vocational Education and Training qualification.

About the Course

The course is designed for counsellors who have successfully trained and completed a Level 5 Diploma in Counselling (450 face-to-face training hours) who want to use Creative Expressive Arts in their Practice with Children, Young People and Adults.

16 months (1 year 8 months) Higher Diploma in Applied Creative Expressive Therapeutic Arts Practice comprised of 5 units.

Programme Units

  • Principles and Practice of Creative Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Creative Arts Therapies and its Relation to Healing Across the Life Cycle/Psychopathology
  • Creative Expressive Arts Therapies with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Advanced Creative and Therapeutic process skills with Children, Young people and Adults
  • Professional Development, Supervision and Research

Programme Content

The course will include, developmental theories and life cycle stages with emphasis on childhood & adolescence, foundation of therapeutic arts, foundation of mental health, creative-expressive counselling theory and application (including therapeutic art, narrative, storytelling, etc) from a wide range of perspectives, examination of the therapeutic relationship and exploration of difference & diversity, counselling skills, exploration of attachment theories and attachment-disorders, ethical, legal and professional issues, safeguarding, introduction to research on counselling young people using outcome evidence-based measures, placement and clinical case analysis and management.

Teaching Methods

The course is taught through an active learning approach that centres on experiential work. Teaching also takes place through interactive workshops, mini lectures, group discussions, practice sessions with peer and tutor feedback, student presentations

Using Therapeutic Arts and Play

There will be a focus on working therapeutically with the arts and with play. This will include practical sessions making and working with art images, sand tray work, as well as exploring the value of therapeutic story work.

Start date

Flexible: October 2021

Fee: £1, 500

Are you ready to learn a range of new skills? Then why not contact Reflect On Academy Administrator for more information.

Tel: 0208 6606283 or 0778 717 2968

Email: reflect_on@btconnect.com

Web: www.reflect-on.org.uk

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