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Arts in Group Facilitation Certificate | Certificate in Creativity & Change | MA in Art Therapy | Principles of Art Therapy Certificate

28th Art Therapy Summer School
Saturday 30th June – Wednesday 4th July 2018

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Arts in Group Facilitation Certificate (AGRPA_8_Y1)

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The Arts in Group Facilitation Certificate (formerly Arts & Empowerment Facilitation Training Course) is a HETAC level 8 (10 credits) certificate comprising of two 5 credit assessed modules. It is an experiential course, aiming to train participants to facilitate workshops in a broad community context, working through the arts to empower group members.


The Arts in Group Facilitation Certificate offers:

  • an opportunity to develop facilitation skills within a creative arts context.
  • a framework to explore creativity in a group setting.
  • an opportunity to participate in an experiential group, exploring self-development and equality issues.

It aims to provide participants with the skills to facilitate arts projects in a broad range of settings. It incorporates training in visual arts, drama, movement, music, music technology and group facilitation skills.


What Does The Training Entail?

Training on the course is experiential. Participants are facilitated in workshops, learning both through their experience as participants in the workshop and the leadership of the facilitator. They are encouraged to consider the workshops both as participant and as potential facilitator.

The course is underpinned by a strong belief that information is processed, not just verbally, but also through image making, music, acting, sculpture, etc. Space is given within the workshops to explore and respond to discussions and information in a range of different creative media.

Engaging in arts processes such as improvisation and role-play, painting, music and sculpture, trainees will learn how creative activity can promote self-confidence, encourage inclusion and offer new learning methodologies.

Training focuses on acknowledging the person within the learning process, recognizing the importance of play and the need for learning to be engaging. There is a strong emphasis on the value of diversity and the breadth of experience held within a group-learning environment.


Arts Facilitation Issues and Context (module 1)

  • Enabling participants to develop an understanding of how arts processes can increase self-confidence, communication and group skills
  • Exploring issues that marginalise people and prevent them from participating fully in society

Arts Facilitation Skills & Work Practice (module 2)

  • Providing participants with a grounding in core group skills within a creative arts context
  • Practicing learned skills within the course
  • Exploring basic theory of group process


The Arts in Group Facilitation Certificate runs once a month (Thursday– Saturday) from October through to end of May, including three 2-day training blocks (Friday - Saturday). There is a total of 24 training days.


Applying and Fees

Applications are received on an ongoing basis until 31 December 2017. Interviews are held on an ongoing basis. Entry to this course is by interview. Candidates are required to bring a small selection of their personal artwork and/or documentation of projects they have been involved with to the interview with them.

All materials are provided. The cost of this course is €1400* for the coming year.

*Please note: all fees are subject to annual review

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Certificate in Creativity & Change (AARPD_8_Y1)

This is a CIT approved Special Purpose Award at Level 8 (10 credits) certificate supported by Irish Aid.

About the Course

Creativity & Change is about creativity and its power to ignite empathy, passion and learning about our interconnected and interdependent world.

It is about imagining more humane, just and viable ways to live in the world.

It connects how we think, live and act in the world and considers how we can live as connected global citizens becoming part of the changes we want to see.

Who is it For?

Artists, community workers, youth workers, activists educators, volunteers and anyone who is interested in exploring the connection between creativity, learning and change in the world and in nurturing possiblities to grow as connected global citizens.

Course Content

The course has several main strands of learning within the context of global citizenship & global and local justice themes.

  • Development of confidence in personal creativity
  • Creativity & learning strategies
  • Creative strategies for public engagement.


  • Development, global/development education and the role of arts participation
  • Development topics such as environment, human rights and equality
  • Arts as a tool for advocacy and action
  • Creative methodologies for the use of arts in development and development education e.g. Theatre of the Oppressed, street art and music
  • Group facilitation and project planning

The course will combine presentations, case studies, and group participation with a focus on experiential learning. Course participation will require access to internet outside of the course time as an on-line learning community will be established and tools and resources shared on-line.

Course work

There will be a requirement of assignments and projects that will necessitate approximately the same amount of time to be invested in the course in your own time as the time in workshops over the 8 weekends. Participants will be required to deliver a project as part of the course work.


Seven 2/3 day blocks Oct 2014 to May 2015

How to Apply


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The course fee is subsidized through Irish Aid funding so it can be offered at the reduced rate of €680


Enquiries to creativityandchangecit@gmail.com


"I have a much greater understanding of how my own practice can be used as a means of critically examining the world/community around us, and also take away lots of practical skills and ideas“

“One of the things that the course does best is combining theoretical knowledge with practical approaches and bridging the gap between those two areas. In doing so the course serves in itself as a great example."

"It challenges the way you think and also many of the attitudes you have. This is done in a non confrontational way, self-reflecting way."

"I got new energy...improved my understanding and expanded my horizons and opened my eyes to the world as a bigger picture."

"Love that it can make learning fun even though the issues are very serious”

“Very inspiring to see the power of art and creativity in action”

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Principles of Art Therapy Certificate (AATPY_8_Y1)


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The Certificate in Principles of Art Therapy (formerly the Art Therapy Foundation Course) is a HETAC level 8 (10 credits) certificate comprising of two 5 credit assessed modules. Through theory and experiential learning this course provides an opportunity to explore Art Therapy within a group setting.

What Does The Training Entail?

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the basic principles of Art Therapy, incorporating opportunity to reflect on their learning from the experience. For many this introduction may be a step towards training as a qualified Art Therapist, for others it may introduce them to a more sympathetic understanding of the role of art in rehabilitation and development work.

Each month is focused on a core principle of art therapy. Students will participate in a lecture, experiential workshops and a seminar, exploring that principle with qualified arts therapists. A variety of approaches to the process of Art Therapy will be introduced through these workshops, lectures and seminars.


The course modules cover two main areas of learning:


Art Therapy Theory (module 1)

  • A History of Art Therapy
  • Theoretical Underpinning
  • European Context
  • Case Study Example

Art Therapy Experience (module 2)

  • Group Experiential Workshop Involvement
  • Exploration of Direct and non Directive Approaches
  • Personal Art Process Reflection and Evaluation
  • Exploration of Individual Experience

During the course lectures are delivered on various aspects of art therapy including history, theory and case studies, focusing specifically on the core principles of art therapy. Seminars offer opportunities to discuss ideas, with visiting and course tutors, around the application of art therapy.

Workshops, delivered by qualified, registered art therapists, provide participants with experience of a range of different approaches to facilitating a group (directive, theme-based, non-directive, etc.). The experiential nature of this course can be emotionally and psychologically challenging. Applicants should be aware of this and any concerns can be addressed at interview.



The course runs from October to April, Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3.30pm (to accommodate travel arrangements). The October and February course days have a longer timetable (tbc).
It usually falls on the first or second weekend of the month.


Applying and Fees

Applications are received on an ongoing basis until 31 August 2017. Entry to this course is by interview. Candidates are required to bring a small selection of their personal artwork to the interview with them. Interviews are held on an ongoing basis.

All materials are provided and the cost is €1400*.

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The Certificate in Principles of Art Therapy course is not a prerequisite of the MA; nor does it guarantee an interview or entry to the training. It may, however, be recommended to prospective applicants as a preparatory experience to Art Therapy training. Candidates should be aware that completion of this course does not qualify students to practise as an Art Therapist.

*Please note: all fees are subject to annual review

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MA in Art Therapy (ATHPY_9_Y1)

This is a 90 credit modular course which on completion of the training allows individuals to then register with the professional body for the Creative Therapies in Ireland, IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists). The training can be completed over either a full-time period of two years or ACCS (part-time mode) of three years.


Applicants normally require:

  • A basic understanding of Art Therapy
  • An Honours degree, or equivalent, in Visual Art. Where graduate qualifications are not in the visual arts, for example Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work or Teaching, evidence of a substantial and developing body of current and recent art work is essential
  • Two satisfactory references from clinical and professional persons who have knowledge of the candidate’s education, training and experience
  • Pre-course experience in personal therapy or counselling
  • Minimum of one year, or equivalent, full-time clinical/care work in an area relevant to art therapy, paid or voluntary. This work may be, for example, in Health or Social Services, Special Education, Community Care or Day Centres, with clients who have a mental illness, learning or physical disability
  • Maturity and life experience are seen as valuable assets for training
  • Strong portfolio of personal artwork showing an understanding of an appropriate art form, the art-making process and use of a broad range of materials
  • Willingness to enter weekly personal therapy, which is mandatory, for the duration of training
  • An understanding of the implications of becoming a therapist and a willingness to further self–exploration and development


  • Attendance of four days per week on the full time course (two college days and two clinical placement days) and two days per week on the part time/ ACCS course (one college day and one clinical placement day)
  • Personal Therapy
  • Theoretical, Experiential and Clinical components comprising:

    Theoretical Studies - 25 Credits

    The theoretical foundation of art therapy is drawn from the history of art making, creativity and the psychotherapies. Models and approaches within the field of art therapy are discussed and debated within the framework of lecture and seminar series throughout the training. There is also an introduction to developmental psychology and psychiatry.

    Experiential Art Therapy Training - 20 Credits

    Students will be able to integrate theory and practice through participation in Experiential Workshops, a Training Group and Studio Practice. This gives a forum for engagement in the art therapy process, self-exploration and continuing personal development and creativity.

    Clinical Placement and Professional Studies - 45 Credits

    Students are allocated clinical placements where they are encouraged to conceptualise their personal experiences and theoretical understanding in relationship to a variety of client groups. Supervision of the clinical experience is central to the art therapy training and is provided in small groups at Crawford College and individually on placement. Students are encouraged to experience a number of differing placement situations over the course of their training. Please note that students must have their placements in a new setting and not at their workplace. Placements are generally for an academic year and are located, if possible, in your general geographic area.

Because of the clinical placement component of this course it is a condition of entry that all successful applicants who gain a place on the course will be subject to a Garda Clearance procedure carried out by the Garda Clearance facilitator at CIT.


Total course fee for the full-time and part-time modes is eur7560. This may be subject to annual review. There is an additional cost to the student of mandatory weekly personal therapy. All materials are provided.


Art therapists work in a wide variety of HSE and social care settings, including – adult and child psychiatry, education, palliative care, addiction services and community day centres. Many also work in private practise.


Offers of a place on the scheme, for candidates whose applications have met the initial entry criteria listed above, are dependent on a successful group and/or individual interview. At interview candidates will also be assessed on their portfolios and a short written statement, submitted with the application form.


When you submit your application form you will be asked to include up to 6 slides/ photographs so that we have an idea of your current art practice. At interview you will be asked to bring along your art portfolio. This should contain 15 – 20 pieces of art work that best represents your relationship to your creative process, in your chosen medium. Sketch books, journals can be included as well.

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