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Professional Certificate in Creative Arts Therapies


This Certificate course is designed to enable qualified helping professionals to introduce a variety of Creative Arts Therapies to their client work and to their own self-care process.  




Course Details

The creative arts are life enhancing and have been used since the beginning of time as part of ritual, healing and celebration. Art, music and drama enrich and help us make meaning of our lives and environment. The creative arts therapies draw on this richness to facilitate expression in multi-faceted ways integrating the experience of a given art form with the theories and practice of psychology, psychotherapy and psychiatry as a unique form of therapeutic intervention.


Creative arts therapies are widely used in a variety of settings from private practice to multidisciplinary teams within hospitals, rehabilitation centres, hospices, residential care facilities, mental health and social care services, schools and disability services. They are particularly useful where verbal expression is limited or difficult. Since images exist before words, they provide access to both unconscious processes as well as supporting us to work with both sides of the brain.


This programme consists of five one-day workshops, each of six hours duration. Each day will be highly experiential and focus on both the self-of-therapist and client case work through working with visual journaling, personal symbols, image making, music and drama. No prior experience in these areas is necessary in order to participate in the course.


The programme consists of five one-day workshops, each of six hours duration. It is designed to provide an introduction to a range of Creative Arts Therapies. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the unique contributions, qualities and features and aspects of different creative modalities and the different ways in which these can complement each other and enhance and transform the therapeutic process. Each day will be highly experiential and will focus on both self-of-therapist and client case work through working with visual journaling, personal symbols, image making, music and drama. The fundamental theoretical concepts of these approaches will be introduced at the beginning of each workshop.

Venue: ACE Enterprise Park, Bawnogue Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Next Start Date: Saturday 11th November 2017

Time: 10am-5pm each day


Day 1:   Introduction to Visual Journalling (Liz Rackard) 11/11/2017

Day 2:   Working with personal symbols in a group context (Pauline Macey) 12/11/2017

Day 3:   Introduction to Drama Therapy (Pauline Sweeney) 25/11/2017

Day 4:   Introduction to Music Therapy (Rory Adamas) 09/12/2017

Day 5:   Integration Day (Liz Rackard and Pauline Macey) 10/03/2018


Fees: €780

Early-Bird Rate: €695 (Available until August 31st 2017)



Additional Requirements (Before Integration Day)

Record of 15 hours supervised client work, working with Creative Arts Therapies

Record of 3 hours supervision

2,500 word essay

Reflective Visual Journal (to be signed off by course leaders, Liz and Pauline on Integration day)

Assessed Award:

PCI College Certificate In Creative Arts Therapies


Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training (BSc Degree Year 2 onwards). Entry is by application form.


What our Students Say

"Blend of theory and experiential is very good, Role plays facilitated much learning, very supportive learning space; I was pleased to see exploration of broad scope of Lifespan Developmental theory with emphasis too on modern neuroscientific research. Facilitation of the group emotional process around these theoretical concepts was also very thorough"
2014 - 2015 Student, Postgrad Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy

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