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Intersectionality and Art Therapy - CPD Course

About the course

This two-day short course will focus on intersectionality and the social graces model and how this relates to art therapy, how we can use these models when working therapeutically with clients and how to creatively engage with these models.

The course will offer a focus on intersectionality and art therapy. It is a potential to further your professional development and learning using intersectional thinking and lenses. It will draw analytic attention to the fact that no social identity exists in isolation to others. It will challenge ways of interlocking systems i.e class, gender, ethnicity, race, geography, sexuality, disability, colonial oppression… affect a person’s life.

The aim of this course will be to develop critical consciousness around social issues and how we navigate through these within art therapy, how therapeutic art making can provide space for reflection around these difficult discussions. Within therapy and the western healthcare model, we put a focus on the client and the need for them to ‘change’ certain behaviours, but what happens when our environment and oppressions have had an influence on our lives?

Who is this course for:

The course is designed to offer a space of reflection, widen our thoughts around diversity and intersectionality and expand our knowledge. It will offer a first step into intersectional thinking and an opportunity for newly qualified, qualified, training counsellors/ art therapists to further their professional qualification.

Students will also engage with personal art making. There will be discussions and reflections, within the group followed by a short presentation on intersectionality and art therapy.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 10

Workshop One: What is intersectionality and Social graces?

Intersectionality and the social graces model will be introduced to students - Crenshaw (1989). The first session will explore how adopting an intersectional lens can help us create a better understanding around ‘why’ life is not the same for everyone even for some of us that share similarities.

An opportunity for students to engage with reflective thinking and art making. Students will engage in individual art making to reflect about the days teaching and their own privileges and oppressions with an opportunity to share with their peers.

Workshop Two: How to creatively explore intersectionality within art therapy?

This second session will be focused on creative expression.  It will explore how creativity can help us understand our own but also our clients experiences/identities. If lived experiences are missed then therapeutic effectiveness becomes difficult to attain.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn an understanding of the key concepts of intersectionality and social graces model and how we can use this in art therapy.
  • Develop an appreciation of art making as a therapeutically process
  • Discover how making art can be a means of expression and reflection
  • Develop an understanding of  the analytical framework for understanding how aspects of a person's social and political identities combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege
  • How creating art can form connections within groups and increase positive wellbeing as well as social change. An understanding of the psychological role of the art therapist when working with a client

Looking for an Introductory Course in Art Therapy instead?

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


Basic art materials will be supplied.

Key Staff

Course Tutor

Kristina Stamatiou

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

 Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
Intersectionality and Art Therapy - CPD Course 07/09/202314/09/2023Thursdays10.00 - 16.00£300
Intersectionality and Art Therapy - CPD CourseTBCTBCThursdays10.00 - 16.00£300

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Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas,