Non ADMP Workshops

Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy  British Association for Music Therapy 

  British Association of Art Therapists  British Association of Dramatherapists 

presents the 31st Arts Therapies Forensic Conference

Friday 6th June 2014 – 9.30am to 4.30pm

Charity Centre, Directory of Social Change, 24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DP Conference Room – Tel: 020 7209 1015020 7209 1015 / 07407 73238607407 732386

 Morning presentation: Arts Therapists WLMHT

What’s Evidence got to do with it?

Collecting an evidence base for our work is crucial to the survival of psychotherapy.  We will discuss whether research and psychodynamic approaches can coexist and discuss some of the emerging evidence base that supports the “art” of psychotherapy.

Nadia Somers is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist with a background in Developmental Psychopathology. She works clinically and in research. Her research roles include working on a Randomised Controlled Trial of Mentalization Based Therapy for use with Eating Disorders and Borderline Personality Disorder and the National Service Evaluation of Women’s Secure Care Pathways.

 Afternoon presentation:

Say What You Say (Eminem):

Managing Verbal Boundaries When Using Rap in Music Therapy, a Qualitative Study

Rap possesses properties enabling its use as a therapeutic intervention however owing to the potentially offensive and volatile material present in certain sub-genres, it remains a musical style that can be challenging to work with. Given its origins as a narrative of social inequalities in urban communities it is frequently the genre of preference of many of the contemporary working-class clients encountered in the forensic field of psychiatry and arguably a genre therapists working in the area should be familiar with in order to facilitate a culturally-appropriate way of working.  This study identifies and describes considerations for managing verbal boundaries and the potential contraindication when using Rap in music therapy.

The literature review covers the small number of case studies documenting the use of Rap in music therapy. The method used was an in-depth qualitative interview of 8 music therapy experts from a range of countries and approaches, experienced in the use of Rap as an intervention. A combination of grounded theory and thematic analysis was used to analyse data. The results are placed in context of the literature review and draw upon a number of psychodynamic concepts in order to determine a set of themes that could further inform those music therapists using Rap as a clinical intervention.

The results display the flexibility with which Rap can be used to meet different levels of client need and how therapists’ boundary management allows this. The data contributes towards clarifying what informs music therapists when considering how to manage the potentially offensive material that may be introduced into the therapy space when using Rap and when it may contraindicate. The research could serve as a preparatory tool for those therapists new to the genre and its use within therapy.

Helen Short practices at the John Howard Centre (East London NHS Foundation Trust) and Ealing Hospital (West London Mental Health Trust) working with male mentally-disordered offenders and Rampton Hospital (Nottinghamshire HealthcareTrust) working with female and male mentally-disordered offenders. She recently presented her clinical work and research on the use of Rap in music therapy at the European music therapy congress and will present her clinical work at the World Music Therapy Congress in July 2014.

Cost of Conference £50 including lunch and refreshments. 

Current Arts Therapies Students: £35.00 (please provide evidence of student status)

FATAG Conference Booking Form

FATAG is a voluntary body of Arts Therapists aiming to provide continuous professional development and support for Arts Therapists who work with forensic clients or in secure settings.



Psychotherapy & the Arts

42nd Summer Course

Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th August 2014

Becoming Human: Exploring Inner & Outer Worlds

Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park

In the course we will share in an exploration of this journey of becoming human, through lectures, arts workshops and studios, and in our meetings together, taking in aspects of ecology, mythology, the collective and personal psyche, and healing

Elective Programme includes lectures, workshops, painting and clay studio, social dreaming matrix, seminars, music, and dance: a programme for heart, mind, body and spirit, set in the beautiful milieu of Cumberland Lodge and Windsor Great Park.

Cost: £795 for en suite shared room

En suite single rooms available at additional cost

Student and other grants available on application

Full information, including application form, will follow in the New Year.

Contact: Goretti Barjacoba, Course Administrator

Tel. 0741 5278 788



Arts for WellBeing: A Series of Intensive Weekends

Edge Hill University

A series of intensive weekends

Continuing Professional Development opportunities for those interested in the therapeutic uses of dance, drama, art and music. Artists, arts therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, health professionals, medics, social workers, educators and other professionals can be introduced to new disciplines, advance current practice or explore working with different client populations.

  14-15 June 2014

The Kestenberg Movement Profile in Relationships

Professor Susan Loman

For dance artists, dance educators, dance movement psychotherapists or other practitioners with experience in movement; also those working with children and families

More details: June


Roehampton University

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Introduction Days:

June 14

November 22

Dance Movement Psychotherapy  Summer School July 19th- 23rd

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Foundation Course   November 1st 2014 – March 28th 2015.

For further information contact / 0208 392 3795


Advanced Practice developments at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: deepening learning & clinical skills, developing leadership & research in innovative practice for Arts Therapists

Queen Margaret University, Division of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies is supporting the development of:

PgCert, PgDip and MSc in Advanced Practice for registered  Arts Therapists

Part-time and full-time routes available

The aim of this new programme is to support practicing Arts Therapists to meet the NHS objectives of developing Advanced Practitioners in the workplace who meet Level 7 of the Career Framework for Health (Skills for Health 2006) where their professionalism is underpinned by the four pillars of practice: Clinical Practice, Facilitating Learning, Leadership and Research.

The programme will offer Continuous Professional Development credit bearing learning where the student can complete their studies at three exit points. It is designed to attract registered Arts Therapists (Art, Dance, Drama and Music), and some modules may be attractive to practitioners from other fields eg Nursing, Occupational Therapy etc.

In this period of professional uncertainty the programme will encourage originality of thinking, initiate innovative health and social care projects, thus developing confident practitioners who will be agents of change. Arts therapists are increasingly required to seek new methods of application of their skills, adapting them to education, health and community settings. This programme will support students to increase their knowledge and skills relevant to the current challenging employment culture. Elements of the learning experience will include:

  • Deepening the understanding and skills of movement awareness and the nonverbal dialogue to further enhance the client/therapist relationship
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of a clinical  intervention
  • Exploration of key areas to deepen and advanced therapeutic skills
  • Introduce new approaches to Arts based supervision and reflective practice
  • Further application of research skills in clinical practice

Expected start date: January 2015

Acting Programme leader: Susan Scarth MCAT RDMP CMA

Visiting lecturers will be drawn from senior practitioners of Art Psychotherapy, Dramatherapy, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Music Therapy

Contact Susan Scarth to register your interest & for more information



The Professional Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom.

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