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Art in Mental Health: A Foundation Course in Art Therapy

starting on 17th October 2017 for two terms, ending on 13th March 2018. The course is held on Tuesday evenings from 7 pm 9.30 pm plus four Saturday workshops.
XCentre, Commercial Road, Exeter EX2 4AD

This popular part-time course introduces participants to key factors in working with visual art in a wide variety of therapeutic and health contexts, focussing on broad mental health issues. Students will gain an awareness of the uses and value of Art Therapy along with a general understanding of the theory which underpins it.



The course is co-led by Malcolm Learmonth and Karen Huckvale, assisted by Justine Fitzgerald, with input from other Art Therapists. They and all course tutors are qualified Art Psychotherapists, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (www.hcpc-uk.org.uk).

Malcolm, former Arts & Health lead for the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), is a registered supervisor and private practitioner.

Karen Huckvale is a BAAT registered and Play Therapy accredited supervisor, a founder member and ex-trustee of AHSW. They have both worked as art psychotherapists in NHS mental health services and in private practice in Devon.


Previous courses have proved effective, enjoyable and of interest to artists, teachers, play workers, carers, social workers, arts & health workers, occupational therapists, nurses, counsellors, psychologists, doctors, alternative therapists and students of all ages and many disciplines.


Learning is through a series of talks, visual presentations, written materials and participatory groups. The amount of reading undertaken is a personal choice.

There is an optional piece of written work which the majority of students choose to undertake as it both consolidates learning and explores personally rewarding and interesting themes. Topics include:

  • Principles of Art Psychotherapy
  • Creativity, self esteem and mental health
  • Images, narratives and meaning
  • Therapeutic relationships
  • Images as a language
  • Empowerment and disempowerment through art
  • Working with different groups or issues eg: young people or self-harm.


Course fees for 2017/18 are:

Employer funded £725

Self funded £625

a limited number of Concessionary places at £525 and a Discount rate of £600 for former students of Arts & Health for Participatory Visual Arts Course and the staff of registered charities.


To request the course details and an application form or for further information, please contact info@insiderart.org.uk


Booking deadline:

There is no deadline for bookings, but the course is usually oversubscribed.  Applications are accepted from 1st June.


This course is offered by Insider Art - find out more about them HERE.



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