The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) invites you to join us on social media. By following our social media accounts you can get a glimpse of a few things we have been up to on social media over the past few months. The relevant links are noted so you know where to find BAAT – everyone is welcome!
I would also like to take this opportunity to send our special thanks to all of the service users and art therapists who have been helping us to raise the profile of art therapy.
We are reaching out to as many people as people possible through our social media pages:
A bit of background information
The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) is a dynamic organisation and art therapy is a growing profession. In the UK, Adrian Hill and Edward Adamson helped to pioneer art therapy in the 1940s and 50s. Strongly anchored in visual art practice, the art therapy profession has since developed and evolved from a primarily psychoanalytic, psychodynamic model to include other approaches such as mentalisation-based treatment, mindfulness, dyadic parent/child, cognitive analytic art therapy, etc.
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Art therapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.
Art therapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients’ needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.
Although influenced by psychoanalysis, art therapists have been inspired by theories such as attachment-based psychotherapy and have developed a broad range of client-centred approaches such as psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalisation-based treatments, compassion-focussed and cognitive analytic therapies, and socially engaged practice. Exploring the links between neuro-science and art therapy has also been at the forefront of some of the BAAT’s conferences. Importantly, art therapy practice has evolved to reflect the cultural and social diversity of the people who engage in it.
What we offer
The BAAT runs regular one-day art therapy introductory workshops and foundation courses, which are available either as a weekly course for three months or as a one-week intensive course. These courses are very popular and tend to book up early.
Whether you are starting to shape your interest in art or are looking to explore a different form of psychotherapy, you can always give our workshops and courses a try.
Alex McDonald is the Social Media Officer for the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), an organisation which works to promote art therapy and provides professional support and advice to its members. Alex has worked as an Art Therapist with children, young people and families for over 10 years. You can follow her on Twitter @.