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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.

Level
7
Equivalent to master’s degree
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
£17,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Art psychotherapist
  • Art therapist
  • Dramatherapist
  • Music therapist
Skills
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.

Full information on Arts therapist (degree) (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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