Perinatal art therapy

This course introduces art therapy practice within the perinatal period (roughly from pregnancy to two years old). It's a time of enormous change, when the emotional and mental health of parents impacts infant wellbeing, and support can be crucial.

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Date & Time

Friday 13 – Saturday 14 September 2024

10.00 - 16.00

Who this event is for

Open to all suitably qualified and trainee professionals

Tickets

Non-members: 拢430

Associate members: 拢290

Full members
Employed: 拢260
Underemployed: 拢240
Unemployed/retired: 拢220

Trainee members: 拢220

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Location

Online via Zoom

Perinatal art therapy

This course introduces art therapy practice within the perinatal period (roughly from pregnancy to two years old). It's a time of enormous change, when the emotional and mental health of parents impacts infant wellbeing, and support can be crucial.

Art therapy during the perinatal period

Research and clinical experience suggest that themes of loss, grief, and the fear of 鈥榤aternal failure鈥 are central to perinatal distress and that the multi-vocal nature of images in art psychotherapy is well suited to helping parents undergoing this transition.

What you will learn

A systemic biopsychosocial approach will be presented, which considers the intersectional factors contributing to perinatal distress. We will also look at psychodynamic theory and practice, and early relational development.

We will offer examples of how art psychotherapy can help parents to integrate their conscious and unconscious experiences, promoting the capacity to psychologically hold their baby.

The course covers:

  • factors contributing to perinatal distress, and its impacts on the mental health of parents and infants
  • the benefits of art therapy during this period
  • how art materials, image making, and creativity can support parents in the perinatal period.

How you will learn

The course will include:

  • lecture-style inputs introducing relevant theoretical concepts and research findings
  • case presentations and vignettes
  • small group discussions
  • creative reflective activities featuring time for art-making and looking at images
  • time for questions and discussion with the larger group

Tutors

Bridget Grant and Dr Sarah Haywood

I found the whole course to be exceptionally well organised, presented and facilitated, it reminded me once again why I love the profession.

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