ARTiculate courses

What is ARTiculate?

We understand that children and young people sometimes struggle to put their feelings into words and often turn to artmaking to express themselves. We have therefore designed ARTiculate as continued professional development (CPD) to better equip education and social care professionals to use art safely and effectively as a communication tool when supporting young people with a range of issues such as trust and relationship building and emotional literacy.

Who is this course for?

The current sharp increase in children and young people’s mental health issues at a time of significant budget cuts means that services are struggling to meet this need. There has never been a more compelling argument in support of enhancing the children and young people’s workforce who are already engaged with children who need continued support while they wait for help.

ARTiculate is the only course designed and endorsed by the British Association of Art Therapists specifically for staff in education and social care settings. Through creating this course, we are responding to the growing volume of enquiries from the children and young people’s workforce members who wish to be better equipped to use art to support the children and young people they are already working with.

What is included in this course?

On this three-day course, you will learn how to facilitate sensitive communication through art and how to work safely with children and young people. You will also be introduced to different art materials and try out some art exercises for yourself. However, because art therapy is a state-regulated profession and to be an art therapist, you need to be trained at Masters level and be on the statutory register of the Health and Care Professions Council, this short course is not a qualification to practice as an art therapist.

You don’t have to be good at art to attend this course. In fact, facilitating art for children and young people with all abilities and moving away from the idea of having to be “good at art “ will be one of the major teaching themes of the course.

The course content includes:

  • Working with art and feelings in an education setting
  • Boundaries, confidentiality, safeguarding, and information sharing
  • Discovering art materials
  • Using art safely
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Open questioning
  • Facilitating communication through art
  • Finding the right language
  • Common pitfalls
  • To talk or not to talk
  • When to seek extra support

Who will deliver the course?

The course will be delivered by a Health and Care Professions Council registered art therapist who is a member of the British Association of Art Therapists. The art therapist will also have significant experience of working within school settings.

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