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Art therapist/art psychotherapist

26th June 2019

To be a good art therapist you need to…

  • be trustworthy
  • be able to listen and observe to help people express their emotions through art
  • have an interest in the visual arts creativity and imagination
  • have excellent communication skills and the capacity to empathise with people who may have difficulties in communicating either their feelings or their pain
  • understand client confidentiality and dealing with sensitive issues

If you’re thinking of a career in Art therapy…

Search the HCPC register of approved education and training programmes for an up-to-date list of course providers. Entry requirements vary between providers so check with them individually. 

There are a range of introductory and foundation courses available, aimed at those thinking about a career in art therapy. For details, see BAAT – Introduction and Foundation Courses.

To get onto a level 7 apprenticeship for arts therapists, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

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