Mindfulness-based art therapy: approaches and applications

Mindfulness-based art therapy is an integrated approach combining mindfulness teaching and art psychotherapy practice. The approach can be applied to group or individual work. This course will help develop your understanding of the theory and practice of mindfulness and will provide examples of integration within art therapy.

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Date & Time

Friday 10 – Saturday 11 November 2023

10am - 4pm

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Non-members: £285

Associate members: £220

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Employed: £220
Underemployed: £190
Unemployed/retired: £180

Trainee members: £180

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Delivered via Zoom, information for the day and invite to join will be sent 1 week before

Mindfulness-based art therapy: approaches and applications

Mindfulness-based art therapy is an integrated approach combining mindfulness teaching and art psychotherapy practice. The approach can be applied to group or individual work. This course will help develop your understanding of the theory and practice of mindfulness and will provide examples of integration within art therapy.

Open to qualified and trainee art therapists only.

Mindfulness-based art therapy is a relatively new area and many art therapists are interested in integrating mindfulness into their work. Before using this approach, it is recommended that art therapists develop their own personal practice of mindfulness meditation and also attend further training to ensure safety in professional practice.

This course outlines the basics of mindfulness-based art therapy and also gives pointers for further training for art therapists. Interest in mindfulness has been increasing since the Covid-19 pandemic. This may be due to the potential for mindfulness practice to help both client and therapist to regulate emotions, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and foster resilience. Mindfulness practices also help foster compassion, awareness of emotions, and being less reactive.

Aims of mindfulness-based art therapy include enhancing and elucidating mindfulness practices; encouraging embodiment; soothing the nervous systems; discharging and transforming challenging states of feelings through art making.

Taught presentations will focus on:

  • A background understanding of mindfulness
  • Mindfulness-based versus mindfulness-informed therapy
  • Case examples of mindfulness-based art therapy
  • Clinical considerations, client’s needs, and contra-indicators
  • Potential structure of sessions
  • Recommended reading

The day will also include guided mindfulness meditation, small group work, reflective art-making, and group discussions.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Better understand the rationale for integrating mindfulness and art therapy
  • Draw on the theoretical framework and several practice examples
  • Identify next steps for developing your practice to include mindfulness

Tutor: Nicky Roland

I found this course really helpful in terms of my professional development.

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