Arts therapist (degree) (level 7)
Using art, drama or music to carry out therapy interventions to improve a person’s mental, physical health and wellbeing.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Health and science
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Art psychotherapist
- Art therapist
- Music therapist
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Manage a caseload in line with legal and ethical responsibilities and professional registration.
- Establish and maintain a safe practice environment.
- Maintain confidentiality in all areas of your practice in a manner appropriate to the clinical context and setting and legal requirements.
- Practise as an autonomous Arts Therapist.
- Exercise professional judgement, taking personal responsibility for the decisions made.
- To proactively seek and find creative, realistic solutions to problems.
- Plan and manage Arts Therapy sessions according to evidence-based practice.
- Provide client-centred therapy, working in partnership with clients, their family and others involved in their care or support, building rapport, encouraging communication and supporting clients’ autonomy.
- Make psychological assessments and judgements by gathering an understanding of the client’s current problems, what causes, exacerbates or perpetuates them and how therapy may help or harm.
- Undertake and record a thorough, sensitive and detailed assessment using your specialised skills to conceptualise and address problematic situations that involve many interacting factors
- Enable clients to make an informed choice, about which intervention, if any, may be most appropriate.
- Work with and respond appropriately to complex physical and mental health needs relevant to the client and the therapy.
- Engage with clients with co-existing and complex problems to deliver a coherent approach to their therapeutic experience.
- Employ your expertise in art, drama or music in conjunction with your psychological and therapeutic skills to develop and regularly review a formulation of the client’s problems in collaboration with them.
- Use therapeutic skills and technical expertise in art, drama or music to enable the client to engage in the art form.
- Select appropriate methods, equipment or techniques from within a medium (of art, drama or music) in the therapy session that is delivered.
- Use arts and psychological understanding and interpersonal skills to help support the client’s awareness of their thoughts and feelings and to reflect on these and on their relationships and behaviour.
- Use arts and psychological understanding and interpersonal skills to help the client to overcome any barriers wherever possible.
- Read clients explicit and implicit emotional communication and use these to inform therapeutic action.
- Elicit, receive and make appropriate referrals, promoting awareness of the arts therapies contribution throughout the organisation.
- Communicate appropriately with others involved in the client’s care and involve them in decision making where appropriate.
- Communicate effectively using verbal and non-verbal skills.
- Engage the client in mutual assessment of their progress.
- Make responsive and appropriate adjustments to therapeutic approach when required.
- Review the effectiveness of practice through evaluation, audit and record keeping.
- Apply current relevant safeguarding and risk management processes and procedures.
- Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team within your own organisation and across the wider health and social care team outside of your own organisation as required.
- Support, train, supervise and consult with colleagues.
- Build and sustain professional relationships as an independent practitioner and a member of a team.
- Be able to engage effectively in research activity and evaluation as required by the role in the context of the employing organisation’s priorities.
- Reflect on, review and continuously improve and develop your own psychological and arts-based practice, supporting others to do the same.