Foundation Course in Art Psychotherapy Online 2021

October 2021

Duration   20 weeks
Pattern of Delivery   18 x two hour evening classes plus two Saturdays
Start Date   23 October 2021
End Date   19 March 2022
Course Fee   £1150
Delivery format Online via Zoom

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Course Outline

We have been running our highly successful Art Psychotherapy Foundation course for many years.

The general aim and intention of the course is to provide a broad outline and introduction to the subject of Art Psychotherapy. In particular to reflect the Jungian Analytical model as taught here at Roehampton. The course itself is 'experiential' in nature. However, we stress that it is not intended to provide 'therapy' as such to the participants.

Here at Roehampton we consider that Art Psychotherapy is one of the 'Psychological Therapies' and that other Psychological Therapies include disciplines such as Counselling, Psychology and Psychotherapy. We consider that Art Therapy is a specialised form of Psychotherapy and that it is largely underpinned by Psychoanalytical theories. Our Foundation Course is largely underpinned and informed by theories and models from Jungian 'Analytical Psychology'.

These workshops will be facilitated by a qualified and experienced state-registered art therapist.

Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences including individuals wishing to prepare to apply for a qualifying Masters programme in Art Psychotherapy. Others complete the course as CPD and yet others are simply curious to learn about the topic.

You will need to complete 80% of the course and the assessment process in order to receive an electronic attendance certificate.

We stress that completion of the Art Psychotherapy Foundation Course does not imply that you can practice Art Psychotherapy nor does successful completion of the Foundation Course guarantee a place on the qualifying Masters degree.

The course is being delivered by an experienced Art Therapist who has knowledge of clinical practice in a wide variety of settings and with many different client groups. One full-day Induction (Saturday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2021 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2022.

Materials Required

For the online option; air dry clay, glue stick and PVA, felt pens, coloured pencils, pencils, soft pastels, oil pastels, charcoal (various sizes), putty rubber/eraser, water based paints, coloured inks, magazine cuttings for collage, masking tape, large and small white cartridge and coloured paper (A1, A2, A3), tissue paper and pipe cleaners (for 3D modelling), found objects, leaves, organic material etc., a large folder (and boxes) to store your work.

*We do not advise that participants purchase all of these materials. This list is to provide guidance on what will be covered.

Suggested Reading List

The suggested reading list is available here.

Participants requesting to change groups.

Due to the design of the Arts & Play Therapies Foundation Courses being developmental and experiential, course participants cannot switch from their allocated on campus or online groups either before the course starts or once the course has commenced. The only exception to this will be where a delegate who has signed up to the on campus group has to move online ​for a COVID-19 related ​reason. The request for change must be made via e-mail to the CPD & Short Courses Manager: Movement from online groups to on campus ​groups is not permitted.

Course timetable and dates

This timetable is provisional - dates and times may be subject to change.

Date Time Title
23 October 1000-1630 INDUCTION DAY
Introducing the course and working with the Unconscious
27 October 1900-2100 Lecture/Seiminar
Symbols as the Language of the Unconscious
3 November 1900-2100 Art making session
Workshop: Connecting to the presence of the personal unconsciou
10 November 1900-2100 Lecture/Seminar
Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
17 November 1900-2100

Exploring Myths and Stories from a Jungian Perspectve.
With reference to narratives within the text of 'Women who run with the Wolves'
By Clarissa Estes.

24 November 1900-2100 Workshop: Exploring personal motifs within dreams
1 December 1900-2100 Lecture/Seminar
The Archetypes of the Mother, Father and Child explored through case studies
8 December 1900-2100

Art making session
Workshop: Exploring personal and collective archetypal Imagery

15 December  1900-2100 Lecture/Seminar
The Profession of Art Therapy, how to apply for the MA at Roehampton, and what's included in the training modules
12 January 1900-2100 Lecture/Seminar
The concept of Transference and Countertransference with Case Study
19 January 1900-2100

Art making session
: Exploring real relationships and transferential responses

26 January 1900-2100 Lecture/Seminar
An Exploration of the Jungian Concept of 'Active Imagination'through a reflection on the work of the Surrealist and Dadaist artists and their political activities.
2 February 1900-2100 Art making session
: Exploring Active Imagination through an inter-personal relationship.
9 February 1900-2100 Lecture/Seminar
The Shadow Archetype Discussion of Concept and exploration through a case study of Art Therapy in a secure unit with mentally ill offenders.
16 February 1900-2100 Art Making Session
Using the narrative structure of the six-part story method to explore the dualiy of Archetypes and their light and shadow qualities.
23 February 1900-2100 Lecture/Seminar
Groups and Group Dynamics
2 March 1900-2100 Art Making Session
: Mask Making and wearing in relation to groups
9 March 1900-2100 Lecture/Seminar
The Jungian Concept of Individuation
16 March 1900-2100 (Art making session)
Workshop: Endings explored through 'Non-Directive Art Making'
19 March 1000-1630 PLENARY DAY
Review of Images, Ending Workshop and 'Virtual Gallery'

*Please note that this is currently a draft and subject to change.