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Post Qualifying Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies

This inspiring, part-time course for suitably qualified professionals, is available to study in Exeter and Poole over 12 weekdays.

  • Offers the opportunity for students to immerse themselves in, and fall in love with, their own creativity, before discovering how to safely, ethically and confidently integrate creative methods within their practice.
  • An inspiring, joyous and transformative learning experience, which will enable participants to enrich their work with clients through creative therapeutic methods.
  • Suitable for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling and clinical psychologists, and mental health and wellbeing professionals who offer therapeutic work to clients.

Course Details

“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams" – Roald Dahl.

Key features:

  • Underpinning this course, is the principle that creativity has always been the essence of the human race. Creativity has emerged as a way of expressing ourselves, interacting with our environment, decorating ourselves, communicating with each other, attracting one another, communicating with spirits, visualisations, imagery, drama, poetry, explaining the cycles of life and death, exploring ideas, passing on history, storytelling, marking events, accessing our unconscious and the collective unconscious, art, music, dance, sculpture, architecture, healing, learning, celebrating... and more!
  • Participants will deconstruct the idea of creativity, exploring and reflecting upon their own relationship with it and all the associations it might offer, such as joy, anxiety, playfulness, shame and sensuality.
  • Students will  experience and develop new understandings and appreciations of creativity, experimenting with a multitude of creative materials and means, including metaphor, music, voice, movement, mark making and clay and natural materials.
  • Offers the chance to learn about how to integrate creativity into practice to share with clients, including the concepts of therapist ‘presence’, how to hold the therapeutic space, and how to safely introduce, contract for and end the work.

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Already be a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist, counselling or clinical psychologist, mental health or wellbeing professional, who offers therapeutic work to clients and adheres to a professional code of conduct. We also welcome applications from Iron Mill College students who have completed the taught element of their advanced counselling or psychotherapy training, but are still to complete their placement hours and / or qualifying exams.
  • Be able to demonstrate successful completion of relevant training, qualifying you to work therapeutically with clients in your stated professional capacity (as per above).

In addition, applicants will need to show that they possess the following qualities, within the personal statement that accompanies their application:

  • A strong understanding of ethical practice and adherence to a professional code of conduct.
  • The time and commitment for the training.
  • Willingness to try new experiences.
  • A good level of balanced self-reflection and self-awareness.

If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. If you are new to Iron Mill College, you might also find our Taster Days a useful way to experience what it's like to study at Iron Mill College, before applying. Alternatively the Course Tutor would be happy to speak with you personally – please contact us if you would like us to put you in touch.

How to apply:

You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies application form (available to download from 'Download' section of this web page).
  • A personal statement detailing how you meet the entry criteria for this course (as above) and why you wish to undertake this training.
  • Passport / webcam style photo.
  • CV, copies of all relevant professional qualification certificates you've mentioned in your application, and any higher education certificates you have (i.e. degree-level, equivalent, or above).
  • Membership details (and proof) of any relevant professional bodies that you belong to (please let us know if you have been the subject of any outstanding complaints).

  • 2 references returned to us by your referees, one of whom should be your current supervisor (reference request form available to download from 'Download' section of this web page). 

You will also need to pay the £350 Enrolment Deposit to reserve your place (see the 'Fees' tab for further information).

Application documents can be submitted by email to enquiries@ironmill.co.uk, or by post to 'Iron Mill College, Morwenstow, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT'.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course once all of the above application documents have been received and the Enrolment Deposit paid. This includes receipt of both references. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their referees supply references, following up requests for references where necessary.
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Full Course Fee - £900.00
Enrolment Deposit - £350.00


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