Creative Arts Therapy CPD: Innovative practise, research and supervision

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Creative vision

This exciting and innovative post-qualifying professional development (CPD) programme offers a flexible modular course that aims to deepen knowledge, develop innovation and integrate creative approaches used in contemporary arts therapy practice. The course is designed to extend skills and share expertise between practising arts therapists; promote and evaluate research methodologies; reflect on and critically evaluate current practice across the arts therapies professions and embed new learning in our roles as arts therapists and supervisors.

Fundamental to the programme is an understanding of the role of creativity, art-making and performative expression in the arts therapies and the interconnection between the different art modalities underpinned by art-based research, supervision and reflective practice.

The programme will be informed by contemporary research and practice developments both locally in the UK and internationally in the creative and expressive arts therapy professions.

The overall aim of the course is to encourage a collaborative exchange between the professions of art, music, drama, and movement therapy, as we seek to enrich contemporary practice through the shared exchange of learning, discussion, critical review and research.                                             

To achieve this aim, the programme has been designed by practitioners, educators and researchers from the distinct arts modalities, informed by new developments from colleagues, peers and partners in the integral and expressive arts therapy communities, and delivered by a wide range of creative arts therapies practitioners.

Our aim is to bring together divergent groups who will contribute to this programme of learning in a number of ways. This will be through a traditional approach to the subject, an exploratory approach and an approach that allows for testing new ways of working that impact all of those involved. As the delivery is multi-faceted we have purposefully created ‘space’ to explore new ways of working and to perhaps challenge current practice.

Modular structure

The modular structure is designed for flexibility, allowing course participants to join for the whole training package or join for one or two modules in any one semester.

Each module will consist of 3 x two-hour webinar training/workshop sessions delivered by specialist UK practitioners, alumni colleagues from the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and international partners from the field of creative and expressive arts therapies.  

Each of the 3-week long modules will include the following webinar content:

  • Module 1: Supervision skills, knowledge & methods – using art-based reflective supervisory approach
  • Module 2: Practice into research – completing the reflective cycle – research skills, methods & developments
  • Module 3: Integration of the arts across modalities – workshops using all of the arts
  • Module 4: Practice development: theory, technique, method and innovation – lecture format
  • Module 5: Skills, methods and approaches – presentation and pair response using the arts
  • Module 6: Current debate and innovation – presentation of current research with chaired discussion

CPD certification

This course can be accessed with entry points at the beginning of each semester with options to complete two modules per semester or all 6 modules can be taken during any one academic year.

Completion of two modules will receive a CPD certificate of attendance.

Completion of all 6 modules will receive additional certification in supervisory practice with an additional certificate for the research component. 

Course dates and times

The courses run online on Friday mornings from 10am to 12pm UK time.


  • Module 1 – 28 May to 11 June 2021
  • Module 2 – 09 July to 23 July 2021
  • Module 3 – 10 September to 24 September 2021
  • Module 4 – 08 October to 22 October 2021
  • Module 5 – 04 November to 19 November 2021
  • Module 6 – 03 December to 17 December 2021


  • Module 1 – 07 January to 21 January 2022
  • Module 2 – 04 February to 18 February 2022
  • Module 3 – 04 March to 18 March 2022
  • Module 4 – 29 April to 13 May 2022
  • Module 5 – 27 May to 10 June 2022
  • Module 6 – 24 June to 08 July 2022

We appreciate that the current delivery pattern may not suit all time zones. Please contact us if you are interested in the course with an alternative delivery pattern or if you have any questions about the course.

Course costs

Introductory offer – Expires 08 July 2021

  • £156 - Module 1
  • £156 - Module 2
  • £156 - Module 3
  • £156 - Module 4
  • £156 - Module 5
  • £156 - Module 6
  • £842 - For all 6 modules (this includes a 10% discount)

Standard pricing from 9 July 2021

  • £200 - Module 1
  • £200 - Module 2
  • £200 - Module 3
  • £200 - Module 4
  • £200 - Module 5
  • £200 - Module 6
  • £1080 - For all 6 modules (this includes a 10% discount)

There will be an additional 20% administration fee for courses delivered through employees funding.

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

Online access

All our online courses are taught remotely using Zoom. The classes will be delivered live with feedback and the opportunity to ask question during the lesson. You will need a pc or mac laptop. It is advisable that your work area is close to your pc/mac. Log in details will be provided after enrolment. 

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 applicants will be informed and where relevant offered an alternative class.

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

Bookings for all short courses are to be made online through the universities online booking system before a course commences. Students are therefore not permitted to enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts without prior arrangement.


Refunds for cancellation of places on the course shall not be made during the 14-day period immediately preceding the date on which the course commences.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link

Entry requirements...

This modular programme will be delivered at post-graduate level 4. Students will be qualified creative arts and expressive arts therapists, registered to practice in their home country. The programme is aimed at qualified, registered and practising art, drama and music therapists in the UK and registered expressive arts therapists worldwide.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
28/05/202111/06/2021Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
28/05/202117/12/2021Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£842Apply online
09/07/202123/07/2021Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online


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10/09/202124/09/2021Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
08/10/202122/10/2021Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
05/11/202119/11/2021Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
03/12/202117/12/2021Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
07/01/202221/01/2022Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
07/01/202208/07/2022Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£842Apply online
04/02/202218/02/2022Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
04/03/202218/03/2022Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
29/04/202213/05/2022Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
27/05/202210/06/2022Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online
24/06/202208/07/2022Fridays 10:00 to 12:00£156Apply online