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The Impact of the Art Therapy Large Group, and Educational Tool in the Training of Art Therapists, on post-qualification professional practice

Skaife, Sally; Jones, Kevin and Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2016. The Impact of the Art Therapy Large Group, and Educational Tool in the Training of Art Therapists, on post-qualification professional practice. The International Journal of Art Therapy (formerly Inscape), 21(1), pp. 23-34. ISSN 1745-4832 [Article]

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This paper reports the findings of a Likert scale survey that was sent to past graduates of the MA Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths University of London asking them about the relevance of their experience in the Art Therapy Large Group (ATLG) to their subsequent employment as art therapists or work in another capacity. The ATLG comprises all the students and staff in a psychodynamically based experiential group that meets 6 times during the year. Survey questions were drawn from previously devised theory and related to learning relevant to the workplace and the development of professional identity. Though there was a low response rate (20%) there were some significant findings namely, that graduates found the ATLG to be helpful in their work whether this was art therapy or non-art therapy work and that those that had studied part-time, were much more positive about the applicability of their learning in the group to their work, than those who had studied full-time. The findings suggest that the ATLG has a particular role in meeting key performance indicators in professional regulation and teaching and in quality assurance and employability policies in Higher Education. Finally, the potential for the use of the ATLG beyond the university in the public, private and voluntary sectors is suggested.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/17454832.2015.1125382

Keywords:

Large Group, art, therapy, employment, education, training

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Unit for Psychotherapeutic Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
16 February 2016Published

Item ID:

16862

Date Deposited:

17 Feb 2016 11:04

Last Modified:

11 Jul 2017 09:49

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/16862

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