Train as a Creative Therapist

Are you a counsellor who would like to become involved in creative therapies?

Or an artist or dancer or singer or craftsperson who would like to also help people to improve their mental and physical health?

Or would you like to start a brand new careers as a creative therapist?

This is the course for you.

Learn about counselling skills, working with individuals and groups and a range of creative therapies, such as art therapy, psychodrama, singing and music therapy, craft therapy, writing therapy and more.

Study at your own pace and start at a time to suit you.

Improve your job and career prospects with this excellent course.

Become a Creative Therapist

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Start a new business.


Course Content

  1. 1.  Scope and Nature of Creative Therapy and Counselling Skills I
  2. 2.  Art Therapy and Counselling Skills II
  3. 3.  Crafts Therapy Part 1 – Fibre and Paper Crafts
  4. 4.  Crafts Therapy Part 2 – Model Making and Building Crafts
  5. 5.  Singing Therapy and Music Therapy
  6. 6.  Psychotherapeutic Writing
  7. 7.  Psychodrama Therapy
  8. 8.  Reminiscence Therapy


Sample Notes - Craft Therapy - Scientific evidence AND HISTORICAL ANECDOTES

Academic research into the surge in interest and uptake of traditional textile crafts such as knitting, quilting, embroidery and crocheting noted a specific rise in the USA following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This was interpreted as a need to address feelings of vulnerability and to relieve stress. Turning to traditional crafts allowed participants to deal with their anxiety and stress while creating unique items, building communities around shared interests and multitasking – as craft therapies can be interrupted without damage to the project. Studies indicate that those participating in textile craft therapies are likely to become engaged in more than one technique, will use their crafts to manage their emotions, to feel grounded, to cope with change and to create beauty around them.

Craft therapies have also been used as part of long-term rehabilitation support for patients struggling with both physical and emotionally debilitating conditions. Employing a craft therapy can help to improve motivation, provide a sense of achievement and enhance communication.

Crafting has been found to help with depression, dementia, loneliness and anxiety. 

  • Craft have been used to help soldiers to reduce anxiety and physical difficulties since the nineteenth century, for example, basket weaving.
  • Basket weaving has been found to improve cognitive and spatial skills.
  • Research by the University College in London found in 2018 that the visual arts reduced anxiety and visiting museums can help against the development of dementia.
  • Research by the BBC in their Great British Creativity Test found that textile crafts, such as crocheting, embroidery and knitting have the highest participation rate of all of the arts.
  • Research from the University of Eastern Finland found that textile crafts can help people to cope with negative emotions and depression as well as improving positive relationships and offering social support.
  • Positive links have been found between craft and cognitive skills in patients with dementia or who have had a stroke.
  • Research by UCL and BBC Arts in the UK found that creative pastimes can help people to regulate their emotions and manage their moods. Creativity can help us control our emotions in three main ways –
    • As a distraction – using creativity to avoid stressful feelings
    • As a way to self-develop – improving an individual’s confidence and self-esteem
    • As a tool for contemplation – using creativity to give the mind space to reassess their lives and make plans.


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