diploma in integrative art
creative expressive arts therapy

Diploma in Creative Expressive Arts Therapy

This integrative and creative expressive arts therapy course builds on the teaching on the Certificate. It therefore includes creative and arts therapy ideas from the Gestalt, Jungian and Transpersonal psychotherapeutic schools, as well as spiritual traditions such as Buddhism and Gnosticism. As a result, this breadth of knowledge and felt experience allows you as an arts therapist to go to a deeper level in your client work.


Creative expressive arts therapy supports our physical and emotional personal growth as therapists


This creative expressive therapies course concentrates on the ideas of Alchemy , which is the concept of changing ourselves from ‘lead’ to ‘gold’ on a psychological and spiritual level. We will also relate this to trauma models (e.g. the work of Bessel van der Kolk and Babette Rothschild). In particular, we will explore the belief that our bodies hold suppressed feelings and memories. Forms of creative expressive arts therapy can therefore help us to release these feelings in a kind and loving way. So, there will be self-process and group work on this course.


Creative expressive arts therapy is more than just art

We will also include sandplay, meditation, guided visualisation, movement and poetry during this course. This allows us as practitioners to guide clients to the mediums where they are drawn. Visual art is very easily incorporated into other therapeutic arts modalities. We will give you the skills to encourage even the most paintbrush-shy client to make their mark.

Creative Expressive Arts Therapy: Topics covered will include:

  • The ‘enemy within’ – how our shadow qualities show themselves in life, in dreams and in visual art. Learning to love all ‘parts’ of ourselves and not to reject them. The work of the Jungian writer Donald Kalsched.
  • Mind, Body and Soul – Relating Jungian, transpersonal and spiritual ideas to the latest trauma and neuroscience research using art, meditation and music. The Essence of the transpersonal writer Almaas.
  • Alchemy – illustrating and feeling the creative process from lead to gold in therapy. The Jungian stages of Edward Edinger, Titus Burckhardt and the strange world of Hieronymus Bosch.
  • Working with Families and Groups – using counselling which includes art to enable communication between people. How the patterns around us as children become an integral part of us.
  • Directed and non-directed art form – knowing when and how to step in and when to allow the process to continue at its own pace. Practical ideas and exercises suitable for young people, children and adults.
  • Art in a wider creative intellectual context – using art with sandplay, music therapy, meditation, art dance and drama.
Course Requirements

Firstly, there is some reading set between the weekends as well as some reflective exercises.  In addition, you are required to present a client to the group at some point. However, there is no written work during this expressive arts therapy course. So, you can use it as Continuing Professional Development (suitable for BACP and UKCP) or purely as a way of looking after yourself. But, if you would like the Diploma, we need you to do 50 hours of client work including art. Although there is no deadline for these hours, so take as long as you need. We can also suggest suitably qualified supervisors and personal therapists to support you in your work.

The cost is £1800 if paid before the course begins. After that, it is £2000 payable in instalments. In either case, a non-refundable deposit of £250 from the above amount is needed to secure a place.  Be mindful that you have to have completed the Certificate first (next one starts in Colchester in January 2020). So, we anticipate the next Diploma being in late Autumn 2020 or January 2021. Contact Jill for the next available dates – our venue for the Diploma is in Ealing, London.


This course needs 6 people in order to go ahead on planned date. If less than that, we can offer other dates, other courses or a full refund.

Venue & Getting There

On Route wellness centre, 44-46 South Ealing Road.

2 mins from South Ealing tube , which is very close to Heathrow Airport and also 30 minutes from central London.

In addition, there is a vegan restaurant on site, as well as good coffees and home made cake.

Get in touch!

about jill carter
If you have any questions or would like to book this course, the best way to get in touch is to email Jill on jill@jillcarter.co.uk or call on 07932694779

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