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Arts for the Blues - One Day CPD

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Arts for the Blues

June 2024

Arts for the Blues: a new creative therapy model for depression

Course Date: Wednesday 12th June 2024, 10.00am - 4.00pm

Registration Closes: Wednesday 29th May 2024, 12.00pm
The full course fee must be paid by this date

Course Fee: £180.00
You may choose to pay this is full, or pay a deposit of £60.00 and then pay the balacing payment of £120.00 before the registration closure date above. The payment options will be displayed to you during the booking process.

The Arts for the Blues is an evidence-based creative psychotherapy model for depression, which has been developed in collaboration between The University of Salford and Edge Hill University. It is based on pluralistic approach and can be used when working with groups and individuals. It uses a range of creative modalities such as drawing, movement, music etc. It is a structured framework yet flexible in content and adaptable to a wide range of client demographics.

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Scott Thurston
Course Description


The training programme will introduce learners to the Arts for the Blues model, including the theoretical framework and the key therapeutic ingredients. It will offer a space for exploration of the model while allowing learners to develop their own practice with the Arts for the Blues framework.

Who is the course for?

Learners on this training programme will be those who hold professional qualifications, or are in training in psychological therapies, including psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and arts therapists. 

What does the course cover?

The course will cover the following topics related to the Arts for the Blues model:

The development and evidence-base underpinning the model
The eight key ingredients
Experiential practice including a range of creative activities

What to expect?

The course has a specific focus; the purpose of the day will be to explore the Arts for the Blues model, including the theoretical framework and the key ingredients and we will also give opportunities to experience the model in action.

Alongside more formal presentations, a large part of the training will be experiential, where participants will have an opportunity to experience creative techniques and to begin to design their own activities. Participants will receive advice and guidance and will have an opportunity to ask questions. Participants will also be signposted to further sources of information and expertise.

Please note that the course offers an addition to existing qualifications in counselling/ therapy and does not offer a qualification in arts therapy.

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