MSc in Creative Art Psychotherapy Programme (Working with Young People)
Programme Information & RPL
Type of Award
Proposed Programme Title Evaluated
Level 9 Major
MSc in Creative Art Psychotherapy: Working with Young People
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Art Psychotherapy: Working with Young People
Duration of training: (one weekend a month over 15 months).
Access to the MSc in Creative Art Psychotherapy is gained through:
1. Completion of the BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling & Art Therapy
Accredited professionals working in Counselling Psychotherapy
Successful completion of the (IACP Accredited)
Professional Certificate in Art Therapy Skills programme (IACP Accredited).
See 2023-24 Professional Certificate in Art Therapy Skills programme on website.
Module 1: Creative Art Psychotherapy (Working with Young People)
The aim of this module is to provide learners with an in-depth knowledge of the ramifications, responsibilities, ethics and skill of working creatively with young people in clinical practice.
To become familiar with the language of the DSM-V and its place in Clinical Report Writing as part of best practice. Through group discussion learners will critique and reflect on its place in therapy. An overview of the required consent in line with The Children’s First Act that form part of Practitioners Best Practice along with Professional Governing Counselling and Psychotherapy Bodies.
Module 2: Family Systems and Trauma Module
The aim of this module is to provide learners with an academic and clinical understanding of Family Systems Practice and Theory and the legal and ethical ramifications of being a mandated reporter. This module is for learners to gain further in-depth understanding of clinical considerations and requirements when working with young people within the multitude of ethical and professional requirements needed for good clinical practice.
Module 3: Research Thesis
The aim of this module is to further progress the learner’s research knowledge to the necessary Level 9 research skills, methods and design processes that are involved in developing a quantitative, qualitative or single case study research thesis. It will enable the learner to competently use their skills to apply specific approaches to data collection and analysis. This module is based on the research and development of a thesis report on an area relating to Creative art Psychotherapy. The written Thesis is a fundamental part of the programme and training. It provides the opportunity to apply the learner’s skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through this module.
The Research Module entails a 15,000-word thesis. Attendance at and full participation in the lectures, workshops, supervision and blended learning for the Research Methods and Skills Module is mandatory for students completing the MSc programme. The module is developed to allow students navigate the research process by exploring a range of strategies for data gathering such as, case studies, evaluation, arts-based research, image-based, and so on.
A range of data gathering/construction techniques and tools will also be explored, as well as critical issues around academic writing, trustworthiness and transferability, data analysis, ethics and modes of representation.
Module 4: Advanced Research Methods, Design & Skills
Overview: The aim of this module is to provide learners with the skills to conduct a Proposal and thorough Literature Review and to complete a thesis in an approved topic of research.
To provide students with the knowledge and skills required for effectively communicating their research in a variety of forms, journal articles, posters, oral presentations, and to understand the importance of publication in high quality journals.
To provide knowledge and training in the use of relevant computer software e.g. Excel, Refworks, Endnote.
Module 5 Clinical Supervision Ethics and Training Group
This module aims to inform and support learners with the necessary information, support and skill to extend the creative psychotherapeutic skills learned on the BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling and Art Therapy programme or equivalent. It will support, enhance and resource learners through their clinical application of theory to practice whilst carrying out the required placement training hours with clients under 18 years of age in approved clinical placements.
It will ensure that learners are versed in identifying and working through legal and ethical issues arising and promotes open and effective group supervision practice.
It tracks learners as they progress through clinical placement hours and external supervision with approved supervisors. 120 Clinical Practice hours over 10:1 Supervision Hours 10 hours of Personal Therapy