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Apprenticeship training course

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
  • Dramatherapist
  • 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.

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

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Regulated occupation

Arts therapist (degree) (level 7) needs a training provider who is approved by Health and Care Professions.

Apprenticeship location

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