Introduction to Art Psychotherapy


2 days

Day and time:

Spring: Friday-Saturday,
Summer: Thursday-Friday,

Next course: Starting date
Thursday, 21 Jun 2018
Future courses: Upcoming dates

Course overview

Related subjects

Art Psychotherapy

Department Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

St James Annex Art studios, 10 and 11

Goldsmiths is offering a 2-day workshop where you can experience and learn about the theories that underpin art psychotherapy practice, discover how art psychotherapy can help, and have an opportunity to talk with tutors from the MA Art Psychotherapy about career development.

This course is designed to build on the experience of those who have participated in one of our Taster Workshops. Here you can explore how art psychotherapy works through experiential group processes, learn about its history, theories and practices. You will find out how art psychotherapy can help people; hear Art Psychotherapists talk about their work and have an opportunity engage with Lecturers from the MA Art Psychotherapy.

Why Study this Course?

If you are interested in gaining introductory insight into the field of art psychotherapy, developing your experience of the use of art making for expression and reflection and understanding what is involved in training as an art psychotherapis, then this is the course for you. We will offer expert guidance in a supportive environment.

Future courses

Upcoming dates:
Thursday, 21 Jun 2018 - Friday, 22 Jun 2018
Friday, 26 Oct 2018 - Saturday, 27 Oct 2018

How to Apply

Please click on the date of the course you'd like to attend below. You'll be taken to Eventbrite, which is our booking system:

Please be aware that our short courses sell-out quickly, therefore early booking is advisable.



Tutor information

Kristen Catchpole

Kristen Catchpole (MAAP) is a part-time lecturer on our MA in Art Psychotherapy programme. Her work was featured in intheexhibition ’someunconsciousthings’ at the Freud Museum in 2015. She is especially focused in the therapeutic areas of learning disability, and parent/infant relationships.

Jon Martyn

Jon Martyn (MAAP) is also a part-time lecturer on our MA Art Psychotherapy programme. In addition to teaching at Goldsmiths, he also runs a Therapeutic Art Studio at The Helen Bamber Foundation, and a private practice at the London Art Therapy Centre. His specialisms include trauma and personality disorder, asylum, learning disability and autism. 

Susan Rudnik

Susan Rudnik (MAAP) lectures part-time on our MA Art Psychotherapy programme. Her work was also featured at 'someunconsciousthings' at the Freud Museum in 2015. In additon to her teaching at Goldsmiths she works as an art psychotherapist for the NHS, specialising in children and adolescents.

Course structure

Friday – Day 1 - 10.00am-4.00pm

  • 10.00 - 11.30 Introduction – background history and principles of art psychotherapy
  • 12.00 – 1.15  Case study with children (guest speaker)
  • 1.15 - 2.00 Lunch
  • 2.00 - 4.00 – Experiential workshop and review of day

Saturday – Day 2 - 10.00am-4.00pm

  • 10.00 - 11.30 Art Psychotherapy training - theories
  • 12.00 – 1.15  Case study with adults (guest speaker)
  • 1.15 - 2.00 Lunch
  • 2.00 - 4.00 – Experiential workshop and review of day

Learning outcomes

At the end of this short course, you will have:

  • Gained an introductory understanding of art psychotherapy and the training to become an art psychotherapist
  • Explored the use of art materials for expression and reflection
  • Developed an awareness of the potential of art making for therapeutic purposes

About the department

Our STACS (Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies) Department at Goldsmiths has a rich and vibrant history. We are especially proud of our longstanding commitment to addressing issues of social injustice. Situated in New Cross, in the borough of Lewisham in South-East London we are uniquely placed to tackle the questions that arise in this area, in a local and wider context. 

The activities of our Department are underpinned by an exciting and dynamic research culture which employs a range of methodologies to critically analyse policy and practice in our professional disciplines. We believe that, in choosing to study with us, you will greatly benefit from the wealth of experience of our staff and their commitment to ensuring that you will leave us as a reflective, research minded professional. 

In 2016 we held an Art Therapy Conference, which explored the longstanding relationship between Art and Therapy, which has a strong interdisciplinary tradition at Goldsmiths. Speakers at the event included Turner Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry, and esteemed Psychoanalyst, Patrick Casement.

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