Transpersonal Arts in Therapy

  • Also Transpersonal Arts in Therapy Training Year 1
    City and Guilds Level 7 Award (MCGI)

    What is Arts in Therapy?

    Arts in therapy offers clients a dialogue between their inner and outer experience through an artistic process. Therapy will develop in a very individual way with the therapist accompanying these processes and supporting each person to find their form of artistic expression.


    The Tobias Training

    The orientation of the School is based on Rudolf Steiner’s work known as Anthroposophy, a modern spiritual path that respects the freedom of each individual, through a holistic understanding of body, soul and spirit. This is taught within a critical context including Psychodynamic and Humanistic theory and practice. We provide the student with an opportunity to experience different therapeutic approaches, and to learn of and engage in various professional settings.
    The study concept features a tight and continuous weave of contents from theory, practice and research.

    The training is called “Transpersonal” emphasising the paradoxical and mysterious, the creative and the spiritual dimension in us, nature and society. We develop the artist’s awareness and understanding that natural, organic processes are filled with spiritual wisdom. The programme’s focus is in deepening the student’s proficiency in engaging with such processes through art and the human encounter for healing, personal growth, and social change. Counselling is developed as an art, the spiritual art of transformative meeting.

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  • content

    Our transpersonal approach respects and encompasses historical/traditional culture and multi-cultural perspectives on body, soul and spirit. The programme consists of perspectives on human development, which derive from anthroposophical traditions as well as from contemporary psychology and psychiatry and these are explored through various themes in the training. Themes are delivered in modules. All modules include art making, lectures, individual and group experiential work and seminars. The student can achieve the following competencies:

    Features of the course:

    • Vocational training
    • Reflection on the artistic process
    • Intensive support
    • Group discussions
    • Class and individual tutoring
    • Work practice and placements
    • Artistic activities, project work, presentations, lectures, seminars and small tutor groups which allow for intensive and effective dialogue
    • Preparation for and reflection on practical work


    Artistic Skills

    The student will deepen the learning that began in the first year which will enable them to observe the effects of the art medium with sensitivity and empathy within their own artwork but now with the added skills for preparing for the therapeutic client scenario.

    Therapeutic Relationship / Counselling Skills

    The student will be capable of building and maintaining a therapeutic relationship, able to contact and communicate with the client within the professional boundaries taught. The student will be able to initiate, maintain and conclude a therapeutic relationship.

    Practical Skills

    Building on the communication skills taught in the first year, the student will understand when it may be necessary to make referrals or contribute to external assessment. Students are able to draw up their own therapeutic plan based on their assessment of the client’s needs using their training in therapeutic methodology.

    The students are taught accountability of all aspects of their professional conduct. The student is taught compliance with current government legislation and professional association regulations.

    Students are taught to reflect systematically on their own conduct. The student will have the ability to gather and interpret relevant information within their field of study to make informed judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical matters.

    The student is given the skills to become research oriented capable of formulating a clear hypothesis, draw up reports, consult literature and continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.

    Intensive support

    Students can expect intensive support not only during the periods they are attending courses but also during phases of self-study. Virtual tutorials are conducted which serves as a useful tool for distance learners.

    The importance given to practical relevance

    We lay great emphasis on the importance of practical relevance and the transfer of the knowledge acquired to the given field of practice in art and art therapy. Conducting workshops (including abroad) are an integral part of the course. The preparatory work, both in terms of methods and content, is undertaken with the help of professional staff.

    The integration of counselling and art therapy

    Arts in therapy and counselling is integrated into all the courses and the theory is always followed up by practical and artistic exercises. This ensures that theory and practice are closely linked, and forms a solid basis for communication between the future therapists and other health and social care professionals.

  • award

    Transpersonal Arts in Therapy Training is a professional training, academically accredited by the City & Guilds at Level 7, Membership Level, (Masters equivalent).

    Tobias School of Art and Therapy is a United Kingdom Border Agency Tier 4 Sponsor under the points based system.

    We are a member of the European Academy for Anthroposophical Art Therapy whose primary aim is to monitor quality assurance and standards of training, research and development. The Medical Section of the Goetheanum/Free University of Spiritual Science (Dornach, Switzerland) recognises the European Academy as an instrument of regulation and quality assurance for Anthroposophic Art Therapy Trainings.

    This award does not lead to registration as an Art Therapist with Health and Care Professions Council in Britain. Those wishing to practice in the UK will need to practice under a different title (Transpersonal Arts Counsellor or Therapeutic Arts Practitioner) unless already registered. Our graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Council for Anthroposophical Health and Social Care (CAHSC). CAHSC is the formal registry for Anthroposophical medicine.

    Eligible graduates can now apply to the BACP for Individual Membership.

    Where can I work?

    The arts in therapy/counselling student is able to work with various target groups and in different work settings. The following are possible work fields, products and supplementary and auxiliary services that an art therapist/counsellor can offer:

    • Primary Care: independent practice; possible affiliation with a GP practice, therapy centre, health centre or psychotherapy practice.
    • Mental health care: psychiatry, substance abuse recovery, psychotherapeutic clinic, prevention programme.
    • Special Needs centres.
    • Care of the elderly: geriatric nursing homes;
    • Education and youth care: primary school, secondary school, college of further education, child therapy centre, special education;
    • Terminal Care and bereavement.
    • Prison service, probation, rehabilitation;
    • Asylum centres and refugee work;
    • Hospitals, hospices, respite centres;
    • Convalescent homes, rehabilitation centres and facilities for those with acquired brain injury or physical impairment.

  • competencies

    Our competencies are focused on conduct within the context of vocation-specific situations and are tested, assessed and measured so that each student is able to:
    1. Create a meaningful and coherent assessment which will provide an insight into the client’s presenting problem. This is achieved through assessing the needs of the client by listening, observing, hands on image making and through dialogue and background information offered by the referrer/client.

    2. Create a plan that meets the client’s treatment requirements. Formulation of this plan is reliant on the arts counsellor’s ability to create a therapeutic relationship and ability to enable clients to explore their art works and the process of its creation. This is achieved through communication skills, artistic competency, the student’s familiarity with artistic media and techniques and their ability to apply the qualities of colour and form having developed their own artistic capabilities and knowing thoroughly these qualities and their possible effects.

    3. Formulating, applying and then evaluating the plan whilst keeping meaningful contact with the client. The Arts Counsellor must be able to adjust the therapy or artistic activity in the course of therapy depending on the client’s situation.

  • duration

    Training Format:

    The training has a Full-Time and a Part Time / Modular route:

    3 Year Full-time Training (Beginning September each year):

    Year 1: Sept – Jul – attendance Monday and Tuesday 09:30-17:00 plus one full week course per term. (This is also our Transpersonal Arts for Health and Well Being Year)
    Year 2: Sept – Jul – attendance Monday and Tuesday, 9:30-17:00 and Placement Day. There are also two week long courses  in the Autumn and Summer terms.
    Year 3: Sept – Jul – Supervised clinical placement, dissertation writing and case studies. Mentoring, tutorials and supervision are conducted. Assessment and Graduation period.

    4 Year Modular Training: (Next course commences March 2021.)

    2 x 2 week residential modules  every year. This training is ideally suited to students residing outside of the UK but is also suited to students who have work commitments and are happy to commute from within the UK. There are eight intensive modules over a four year period.

  • application

    How to apply

    The course begins annually each September as a full time training. The next start for the Modular version will begin February 2017.
    Application form in a Word & .pdf format

    Admission Requirements

    Candidates will require a first degree and have completed the Tobias Transpersonal Arts for Health and Wellbeing Course or its equivalent elsewhere.

    Where no first degree has been obtained life experience may be taken into consideration.

    In all cases candidates will be expected to produce a folio of their recent artwork. This will form one of the elements of selection during the Interview process.

    Maturity and life experience are needed for this training and therefore the minimum entry age is 24 years old.

    Evidence of good command of written and spoken English is required. Where English is not the applicant’s first language, they should have ideally achieved an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS or 580 in TOEFL (237 in the computerised system) or at level B2 on the new European Levels Grid.

    In compliance with the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974, and mental health legislation for clinical placement and other similar sensitive areas of employment, applicants are required to provide a medical report and submit to an enhanced criminal record check.

    Candidates will be expected to provide evidence of previous experience of at least one year of relevant working experience in an appropriate field such as education, health or social care.

    Download the Application pack as:
    Microsoft Word document
    PDF file

    Please contact us for a detailed prospectus.

  • Fees

    FULL TIME TRAINING 2016-2019
    (26 September 2016 Start):

    Year 1        Transpersonal Arts for Health & Wellbeing:                  £5550
    Year 2        Transpersonal Arts in Therapy                               £5760
    Year 3        Transpersonal Arts in Therapy                               £2250

    2017-2021 (6 March 2017 Start)

    Year 1        Transpersonal Arts for Health & Wellbeing:                  £2950
    Year 2        Transpersonal Arts for Health & Wellbeing:                  £2950
    Year 3        Transpersonal Arts in Therapy                               £2950
    Year 4        Transpersonal Arts in Therapy                               £3390

    Additional Fee for Late Submission
    If unable to complete the course within the programmed period then a re-registration fee of £350 will be charged for each subsequent 6-month period until completion, commencing one year after the expected date of completion.

    Campus accommodation – 2016/2017 Prices: £75-£85 per week or £15.00 per night
    Private single room sharing bathrooms and kitchen with other students. Residents share kitchen and bathroom cleaning and other small jobs. Rent is payable through holiday periods. Please reserve your room early if you want to live on campus. Rooms must be rented for at least a term, and require a month’s deposit upon reservation and one month’s notice period. The deposit will be refunded at the end of the rental period if the room is left clean and in good order.  Please bring your own towels. Bed linen is provided.

    Financial support. Please contact the administrator for funding ideas.

    Art materials
    Estimated at £200 during the first year, and, once the basic materials have been bought, less in the second year. Mainly watercolours, brushes, boards, paper, pastels and drawing materials are required.

    Additional student requirements:
    Students are required to have a minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy (art therapy and counselling/psychotherapy) taken regularly throughout the duration of the course. 40 hours are required to be completed by the end of the training and can cost between £35-50 per hour.

    Students are required to undertake 120 days of supervised clinical practice. One hour of supervision for every 6 hours of client contact time is required and may cost between £40-50 per hour. [This cost is mostly covered by the institution where the placement is undertaken.]

    Note: Accommodation, food, materials and travel are not included in the fees. Fees are subject to annual review and possible increase.


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