Though still relatively new, the practice of art therapy is growing quickly and has been proven as an effective tool for treating for a variety of conditions in adults and children.
The National Art Therapy Conference has been designed to provide you with a unique oversight of art therapy and give you the perfect introduction into the use of art therapy as a modern practice.
The conference will introduce the concept of art therapy – looking at its history, its uses and its effectiveness – and will explore different techniques and their impact.
Further sessions will examine its role in the treatment of mental health, emotional and behavioural problems and will provide practical guidance, best practice, and real-life examples.
During the course of the day, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from experts on the following topics:
- Discussing the foundations of art therapy and how it can be useful in practice
- Gain an insight into the tried and tested therapies and techniques, expected outcomes and how to measure impact
- Understand the impact art therapy can have on children and young people, and when it is appropriate
- Explore the considerations when treating adults, overcoming common misconceptions and example exercise case studies
- Using art therapy in the treatment of key psychological and emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, and attachment disorders
- How art therapy can support the treatment of trauma and PTSD
Who should attend?
Psychologists; Psychotherapists; GPs; Occupational therapists; Counsellors; Care workers; Teachers and School Mental Health Leads; Students and anyone interested in learning about the practice of art therapy
- Registration and refreshments
- 09.30 - 9.30
- Chairperson’s Welcome
- 09.30 – 10.15
Introducing the concept of art therapy
- What is art therapy? Does it work?
- The history of art and other creative therapies
- Exploring the effectiveness of art therapy
- Who does is work with?
- Using art therapy to treat a specific diagnosis
- 10.15 – 11.00
Exploring therapy techniques
- Tried and tested methods
- What doesn’t work?
- New and innovative techniques
- Monitoring impact
- 11.00 – 11.30
- Morning Refreshments
- 11.30 - 12.30
Working with children and young people
- When is art therapy appropriate to use with children?
- Why use art therapy with children?
- How to get started
- Working with groups of children
- 12.30 - 13.30
- Lunch and Networking
- 13.30 – 14.30
Using therapy in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and attachment disorders
- Research into the effectiveness of treatment
- Integrating art therapy with other treatment methods
- How can non-verbal communication help patients with a specific diagnosis
- 14.30 – 15.15
An introduction into using art therapy to treat adults
- Who will benefit?
- Example techniques to use with adults
- Overcoming common opposition
- 15.15– 15.30
- Break and networking
- 15.30 - 14.15
Art therapy to treat trauma and PTSD
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- How are we ensuring safeguarding measures are being met?
- Supporting staff progress with their personal development and wellbeing
- Identifying key areas of improvement in your settings
- End of conference