We believe that art making within a psychotherapeutic relationship can have the power to help a wide range of clients articulate their distress and gain a sense of agency. We also believe that human distress is shaped by a world that includes social inequality and discrimination and that attending to the effects of these is a necessary part of the art therapist's work. The Art Therapy Northern Programme team try to ensure that we keep up to date with the changing social world and the changing needs of students and their clients.
A small number of courses are provided by the Northern Programme which is now based on a partnership between Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust and Leeds Metropolitan University. These courses have a number of innovative features which build upon more than twenty-five years' experience of higher education, research and practice in art therapy. Many people well known in art therapy in Britain helped develop the original courses: Dave Edwards, Helen Greenwood, John Henzell, David Maclagan, Professor Joy Schaverien and Dr Chris Wood all worked with Nick Howard to establish the courses at the University of Sheffield.
At the Art Therapy Northern Programme, we take applications throughout the year aiming to provide interviews on one day each month. Offers are made either for the coming academic year or for the next one depending on the places available. We encourage applicants to apply early because we receive a lot of applications for places. It is possible to download the application form on the MA Practice page.
The MA Art Psychotherapy Practice is the qualification required to practise in the UK. 'Art Psychotherapist' and 'Art Therapist' are the protected titles for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Because the Northern Programme is based upon the partnership of Leeds Metropolitan University and the large health and social service provision of the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, it is able to use the combined organisational experience of higher education and service provision. Students benefit from the experience available to them in both organisations and their sense of what it means to combine theory with practice has strong foundations. The programme continues to build upon a robust practice based on a network of student placements.
Other courses with the Northern Programme include an MA in Art Psychotherapy (post registration), registration for higher degrees with other local Universities, a Foundation Art Therapy course held at weekends, short day courses relevant to CPD, and networking for former students and newly qualified therapists. These are described in the next few pages.
Professor Joy Schaverien is visiting professor. Current staff are the director Dr Chris Wood, Germaine Bryant, Deborah Gibson, Debbie Michaels and Frances Prokofiev. Additional supervisors and tutors are: Charlotte Allen, Dr Jo Garber, Hannah Godfrey, Themis Kyriakidou, Dr Claire Lee and Katie Wilson. Associate lecturers include the well known art therapy writers and practitioners Caroline Case, David Edwards, Helen Greenwood and Bobby Lloyd and Sally Weston. Deena Northover, Lizzie Taylor-Buck and Laura Richardson are also associates.
The programme is very fortunate to be able to draw on a wide range of art therapy expertise by regulary inviting speakers from Britain: these have included for example, Philippa Brown, Barrie Damerell, Dr Andrea Gilroy, Dr Jane Burns, Dr Margaret Hills, Dr Robin Tipple, Dr Sally Skaife, Frances O’Brien, Karen Huckvale, Kevin Jones, Malcolm Learmonth, Neil Springham, Penelope Hall, Professor Michael Edwards (who died recently) and Val Huet.
The Programme is also fortunate to be able to draw upon a wide range of expertise in the Trust, for example: Graham Bishop from SORT on assertive outreach work with people with long-term mental health histories; Elaine Hall on work with the elderly; Julie Leeson on the Context of the work of Services;input from Social Service colleagues; Christopher Wood on the Self-harm and Substance Abuse Service; Laura Richardson on brief art therapy, the environment for the clients of services, sustaining an art practice and the links between community arts and art therapy;Dr Tom Ricketts on cognitive behavioural psychotherapy work and general research; Maggie Young on Eating Disorders and a range of people with medical expertise.
If you would like to discuss the course, then please telephone Sue Turton on (0114) 226 4900 Monday to Friday mornings. All email enquiries should be directed to: Sue Turton
This page was last updated on 13th May 2013