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Foundation Course in Art Psychotherapy 2021 - On Campus

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 highly '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.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Art Therapists from a wide range of fields. 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.

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


23 October 1000 - 1630 INDUCTION DAY
27 October 1900 - 2100 'The Unconscious'
3 November 1900 - 2100 'The Nature of Symbols as products of the Unconscious'
10 November 1900 - 2100 'Working with Archetypes'
17 November 1900 - 2100 'The Child Archetype'
24 November 1900 - 2100 'The Family Archetypes - Mother  -  Father'
1 December 1900 - 2100 'Animus and Anima : The Female and Male Archetypes
8 December 1900 - 2100 'The Trickster Archetype'
15 December 1900 - 2100 'The Shadow Archetype'
12 January 1900 - 2100 SEMINAR : The Profession of Art Psychotherapy and details of professional training, qualification and license to practice
19 January 1900 - 2100 'Art as Active Imagination'
26 January 1900 - 2100 'The use of Story and Myth in Therapy -  Case Study'
2 February 1900 - 2100 'The use of Fairy Tales in Therapy'
9 February 1900 - 2100 'The use of Masks in Art Therapy'
16 February 1900 - 2100 SEMINAR : Case Studies in Art Therapy, Transference and Counter-transference
23 February 1900 - 2100 'Introjects and Images'
2 March 1900 - 2100 Case Studies
9 March 1900 - 2100 'Logos and Psyche : An Introduction to Depth Psychology'
16 March 1900 - 2100 'Review of Images**(of the course as a whole)'
19 March 1000 - 1630 PLENARY DAY

** Review of Images sessions follow each 'series' of workshops and allow for the whole 2 hours to be spent exploring selected images made by participants during that series.