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.