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Department of Psychology - University of Roehampton

Join our Psychology community to collaborate with leading experts and practitioners in mental health, the play therapies, counselling, and psychotherapy.

We offer outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in three distinct areas; psychology, the arts and play therapies, and counselling psychology. Most of our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society and provide you with the skills you need to achieve your career ambitions.

Courses

Course

Foundation Course in Art Psychotherapy 2019

We have been running our highly successful Art Psychotherapy Foundation course for some years.

The general aim and intention of the course is to provide a broad outline and introduction to the subject of Art Psychotherapy. In particular to reflect the Jungian Analytical model as taught here at Roehampton. The course itself is highly 'experiential' in nature. However, we stress that it is not intended to provide 'therapy' as such to the participants.

Here at Roehampton we consider that Art Psychotherapy is one of the 'Psychological Therapies' and that other Psychological Therapies include disciplines such as Counselling, Psychology and Psychotherapy. We consider that Art Therapy is a specialised form of Psychotherapy and that it is largely underpinned by Psychoanalytical theories. Our Foundation Course is largely underpinned and informed by theories and models from Jungian 'Analytical Psychology'.

These workshops will be limited in size (maximum of 20 students) and facilitated by a qualified and experienced state-registered art therapist.

Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences including individuals wishing to prepare to apply for a qualifying Masters programme in Art Psychotherapy. Others complete the course as CPD and yet others are simply curious to learn about the topic.

We stress that completion of the Art Therapy Foundation Course does NOT imply that you can practice Art Psychotherapy nor does successful completion of the Foundation Course guarantee a place on the qualifying Masters degree.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Art Therapists from a wide range of fields. One full-day Induction (Saturday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2019 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2020.

Course

Foundation Course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy 2019

Experiential Workshops

These form the backbone of the course and provide students with an opportunity to express, explore and reflect on the Dance Movement Psychotherapeutic Process directly. Theoretical connections will emerge from the material shared in these groups. In this way students will learn from theory that directly emerges from experience. These workshops will be limited in size (maximum of 16 students) and facilitated by a qualified and experienced registered dance movement psychotherapist. While it is stressed that the main emphasis of the groups is educational and not therapeutic, students should be prepared to work with the tensions between their personal and professional learning.

Seminars and Lectures

The seminars and lectures are woven into the workshop experiences. Each workshop will be part experiential dance movement and part seminar/lecture. The seminars take the form of presentations of clinical/therapeutic work and opportunity for discussion.

Assessment

Students will keep a Reflective Log of their experiences while on the course and will create an ‘Embodied Reflection’ of their experiences to share in the last class. This Embodied Reflection will be 3 minutes long and can comprise a combination of dance movement and verbal narrative.

The Reflective Log itself is not assessed for a variety of reasons but primarily because students will be encouraged to keep a record of their personal psychological journey, including photographs and/or images they have made in the experiential workshops. As such the Log itself will be a highly personal manuscript.

Successful completion of the course requires a minimum attendance of 80% and a satisfactory final Embodied Reflection. A certificate of attendance will be awarded.

This will not automatically ensure a student's entry to the Roehampton University MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Programme, however, we do encourage individuals considering applying for Professional Training to complete a Foundation Course.

The course is designed to provide an introduction to art therapy for those intending to train as Dance Movement Psychotherapists or who wish to gain some experience of Dance Movement Psychotherapy for their own personal or professional development.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course tutors whose expertise cover a diverse range of dance movement psychotherapy practices.

Course

Foundation Course in Dramatherapy 2019

Experiential Workshops

These workshops will form the main framework of the course and will be facilitated by experienced registered Dramatherapy practitioners. They will focus on aspects of Dramatherapy, Ritual Theatre and Applied Theatre techniques.

Whilst it is stressed that the main emphasis of the experiential workshops is educational and not therapeutic, participants should be prepared to work with the tensions between their personal and professional learning.

Seminars and Lectures

Throughout the workshop structure, key theoretical and practise-based themes will be explored through peer discussion, as well as some formal tutor-led presentations.

Assessment

Participants are invited to keep a reflective log of their experiences while on the course which constitutes a record of their personal psychological journey (including images, stories and poems). As such, the log itself will be a highly personal manuscript and will not be assessed. Participants will also be required to participate in a performance process towards the end of the course, which will be assessed by the course tutor and reflective feedback offered. A certificate of attendance will be awarded on the basis of satisfying a minimum attendance of 80% of the course.

Please note that completion of the Dramatherapy Foundation course not guarantee a place on the MA Dramatherapy programme at Roehampton University.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Dramatherapists from a wide range of fields.

One full-day Induction (Saturday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2019 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2020.

Course

Foundation Course in Music Therapy 2019

The course will provide an overview of music therapy practice in the UK and follow the psychodynamic model as taught on the Roehampton University MA training. Classes will comprise interactive seminars on various aspects of practice and theory (1 – 1&1/4 hours), including video material, followed by workshop/experiential sessions, The workshop segment will introduce the elements of clinical improvisation, whilst the experiential portion will provide a direct experience of group music therapy, the balance between these two elements shifting to the experiential as the course progresses. Participants will be encouraged to keep a personal diary of the course, with particular emphasis on their psychological process in and via the experiential sessions. Reading will be suggested, whilst hand-out essential reading will be provided that anticipates the following week’s seminar topic.

Please note that completion of the Music Therapy Foundation course does not guarantee a place on the MA Music Therapy programme at Roehampton University.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Music Therapists from a wide range of fields. One full-day Induction (Saturday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2019 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2020.

Course

Foundation Course in Play Therapy 2019

Experiential Workshops

These workshops will be facilitated by a qualified and experienced BAPT-registered Play Therapist. Experiential activities form the core of the course, providing students with an opportunity to explore and reflect on the process of Play Therapy on a personal level. Connections and links will be made to the theories that underpin Play Therapy as this emerges from the practical component, enabling students to learn from theory that directly relates to their experience. Please note that whilst the emphasis of the workshops is on an educational not a therapeutic experience, students should be aware of potential tensions between their personal and professional responses and should be prepared for a degree of self-exposure.

Seminars and Lectures

The seminars and lectures are integrated into the workshop experiences. Each workshop will be part experiential play therapy and part seminar/lecture. The seminars will often comprise presentations of clinical / therapeutic work and opportunity for group discussions. Visiting experts from different fields will lead seminars/lectures on particular specialist areas of play therapy practice.

Assessment

Students will be expected to keep a Reflective Log of their experiences while on the course which constitutes a record of their personal psychological journey including photographs of images created in the experiential workshops. As such the Log itself will be a highly personal manuscript and will not be assessed. In the last workshop of the course students will present a dramatised, artistic or narrative Story of this journey to share with the class. The Journey Story will be approximately 3 minutes long and may be presented in the play media of the student's choice.

Successful completion of the course requires a minimum attendance of 80% and a satisfactory final Journey Story. A certificate of attendance will be awarded. This will not automatically ensure a student’s entry to the Roehampton University MA in Play Therapy; however, individuals considering applying for Professional training are encouraged to complete a Foundation Course.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Play Therapists from a wide range of fields.

One full-day Induction (Saturday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2019 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2020.

Course

Foundation Course in Play Therapy Northampton 2019

Experiential Workshops

These workshops will be facilitated by a qualified and experienced BAPT-registered Play Therapist. Experiential activities form the core of the course, providing students with an opportunity to explore and reflect on the process of Play Therapy on a personal level. Connections and links will be made to the theories that underpin Play Therapy as this emerges from the practical component, enabling students to learn from theory that directly relates to their experience. Please note that whilst the emphasis of the workshops is on an educational not a therapeutic experience, students should be aware of potential tensions between their personal and professional responses and should be prepared for a degree of self-exposure.

Seminars and Lectures

The seminars and lectures are integrated into the workshop experiences. Each workshop will be part experiential play therapy and part seminar/lecture. The seminars will often comprise presentations of clinical / therapeutic work and opportunity for group discussions. Visiting experts from different fields will lead seminars/lectures on particular specialist areas of play therapy practice.

Assessment

Students will be expected to keep a Reflective Log of their experiences while on the course which constitutes a record of their personal psychological journey including photographs of images created in the experiential workshops. As such the Log itself will be a highly personal manuscript and will not be assessed. In the last workshop of the course students will present a dramatised, artistic or narrative Story of this journey to share with the class. The Journey Story will be approximately 3 minutes long and may be presented in the play media of the student’s choice.

Successful completion of the course requires a minimum attendance of 80% and a satisfactory final Journey Story. A certificate of attendance will be awarded. This will not automatically ensure a student’s entry to the Roehampton University MA in Play Therapy; however, individuals considering applying for Professional training are encouraged to complete a Foundation Course.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Play Therapists from a wide range of fields.

One full-day Induction (Sunday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2018 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2019.

Workshops

Workshop

Introduction to Music Therapy Weekend

This 2 day course is run by two tutors who have a wide and varied experience in working with a wide range of client groups.Tessa Watson is the course convenor for the MA training at Roehampton and will speak about the training course. This weekend course allows tutors to explore more theoretical detail, with the opportunity to see more clinical extracts and experience more music-based activities, and includes a combination of case presentations, presentation of relevant theory, and practical sessions. Many audio and visual examples will be shown of actual session material. This promotes honest and interesting discussion about the role of the music therapist, and enables participants to explore their feelings about the work.

Intended Audience

This weekend will be useful for anyone wishing to find out more about music therapy. It details how music therapists work in a variety of different settings. It will be beneficial to those wishing to satisfy curiosity, and also enable those who may wish to consider training as a music therapist to reflect on their motivations and skills. Participants will be expected to engage in small group discussions and there are several practical sessions during the weekend where participants will be encouraged to explore and play a wide range of percussion instruments. Comfortable clothing should be worn and participants can bring their own instruments if they wish.

Outcomes

This weekend will provide an introduction to music therapy, specifically the approach taught on the post graduate MA course at  the University of Roehampton. It is very useful for anyone wishing to undertake a career in music therapy and for those who would like to find out more about what is actually involved in practice. A certificate of attendance will be available at the end of the weekend. 

Workshop

Introduction to Art Psychotherapy

This one-day workshop provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the study of Art Psychotherapy. Participants will gain an understanding of Art Psychotherapy and learn about the creative processes involved in this therapeutic modality. The day will be useful for those who are considering studying Art Psychotherapy at higher educational level and also those wanting to explore art making in a unique environment, enabling members to reflect on their motivations, skills and experiences.

Participants will be invited to engage in a range of art making practical sessions and group discussions exploring their own personal symbols and unconscious imagery in a safe and facilitating environment. Comfortable clothing should be worn suitable for making art in. A degree of active participation will be expected from all participants.

Outcomes

This day will provide direct experiential learning based on the principles which underpin art therapeutic practice, focusing on the ethos of the training taught on the Postgraduate MA course at the University of Roehampton. This workshop will explore the richness of human creativity and expression, making links to the group processes and art therapeutic relationship, shedding light on the non-verbal communication. A Certificate of attendance will be given at the end of the day.

Presented by

Grigoris Tzouras: MA Art Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Fine Art  HCPC registered, BAAT Full Member

Workshop

Introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and expression. DMP is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage in an empathic creative process using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self. DMP is practiced as individual and group therapy in settings such as health, education, social services and in private practice. The profession is continually informed by research and by initiatives and projects that open up and extend the field of DMP practice. The introductory day will involve a mixture of experiential and improvisational movement tasks, playful activity and discussion. Areas of exploration will include: (i) developing an awareness of the interrelationship between mind, emotions and the body; (ii) how the art form of dance informs the psychotherapeutic process and; (iii) exploring assumptions and prejudices in our everyday verbal and non-verbal language.

Intended Audience

This day will be useful for anyone wishing to find out more about dance movement psychotherapy. It details how dance movement psychotherapists work in a variety of different settings. It will be beneficial to those wishing to satisfy curiosity, and also enable those who may wish to consider training as a dance movement psychotherapist to reflect on their motivations and skills. Participants will be expected to engage in experiential and improvisational movement tasks and small group discussions. Comfortable clothing should be worn for dance movement practice.

Outcomes

This day will provide an introduction to dance movement psychotherapy, specifically the integrative approach taught on the MA Programme at the University of Roehampton. It is useful for anyone wishing to undertake training a subsequent career in dance movement psychotherapy and for those who would like to find out more about what is actually involved in practice. A certificate of attendance will be available at the end of the weekend.

Workshop

Introduction to Dramatherapy

Dramatherapists work in a variety of settings including mental health, training centres, education, prison and probation, childcare and private practice. This workshop is an exploration of the ritual theatre model of Dramatherapy taught at Roehampton. Working from a humanistic experiential approach to the day this workshop will include work with theatre skills, creativity, imagination and personal expression.

Intended Audience

This course is open to all those interested in finding out about Dramatherapy. Roehampton University offers post graduate professional training in dramatherapy. Our graduate students go on to work in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, social services departments, special education, prisons and the voluntary sector.

Outcomes

Participants will gain an insight into Dramatherapy, its therapeutic application and the professional training course provided at Roehampton. A certificate of attendance will be available at the end of the day.

Workshop

Introduction to Play Therapy

Play Therapy is an effective psychological treatment for a wide range of child mental health difficulties and stressful life experiences. It has existed as a distinct discipline since the 1940's, emerging from child psychotherapeutic practice and the humanistic psychology tradition. In this introduction you will experience key aspects of play therapy practice.

Intended Audience

Suitable for individuals considering taking up professional training in Play Therapy as well as professionals who are already working with children e.g. social workers, occupational/speech therapists, mental health professionals, residential workers etc. No previous experience of Play Therapy is necessary but a willingness and enthusiasm for play is very much welcomed.

Outcomes

The day is about playing and practising at playing by putting into practice the skills of a play therapist.

Participants will gain an understanding of: the therapeutic relationship; how children communicate through the use of symbolic play and how to facilitate this; how change is promoted through attention to the child’s communication. A certificate of attendance will be available at the end of the day.

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