Art – Its Place in Therapy

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Art – Its Place in Therapy to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

The use of Art in Therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life-enhancing.  It can be used therapeutically to aid communication, break down barriers, help with confusion and bring individuals out of themselves.  Art in Therapy is designed to encourage the client to use materials to ‘speak’ about issues of concern where the individual does not know how to put their emotions and issues into words. It can be used as a form of relaxation, as an outlet for everyday anxiety or to treat serious mental health concerns. It is particularly relevant to those in childcare, healthcare, complementary therapy and similar professions to enable them to understand and implement the therapeutic benefits of art into their personal or working lives.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
    • Expressive Therapies
      • Effects on the Mind and Body
      • Who can Benefit from Art Therapy?
  • Lesson Two
    • Introduction
    • Art Therapy History    
      • Naumburg and Kramer
      • Sigmund Freud
      • Psychoanalytic and Analytic Approaches to Art Therapy
      • Conclusion
    • Benefits of Art Therapy
  • Lesson Three
    • Art and Transference
    • Approaches to Art Therapy
      • Amplification and Active Imagination
      • Spontaneous Art
      • Free Association
      • Dreams
    • Art Therapy Assessment
  • Lesson Four
    • The Function and Practice of Art Therapy
      • Acute Psychiatry
      • Long-Term Mentally Ill
      • Learning Disability
      • Bereavement
      • Eating Disorders
      • Adolescents
      • The Graffiti Art Project
    • Knowing your Materials
  • Lesson Five
    • Children and Art
      • Introduction
      • Freidi Dicker-Brandeisova
      • Benefits of Art
      • Drawing Tasks
      • Structured Sensory Intervention Programme for Traumatised Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP)
      • Overall Considerations
      • Play Therapy
  • Lesson Six
    • Symbolism
      • Artistic Development
      • Colour and Symbolism
    • The Art Therapist
      • The Responsibilities of the Therapist
      • Training
      • Finally

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.