UCC ACE Short courses

An Introduction to Art Therapy COURSE CLOSED

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    An Introduction to Art Therapy COURSE CLOSED

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Eight weeks, Wednesdays 7-9pm, from 29 January to 18 March 2020

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €215 (includes course material) See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Friday 17 January 2020

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, Room 302,  UCC

  • Start Date

    Wednesday 29 January 2020

Course Outline

Art therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy that is largely underpinned by psychoanalytical theories. This course combines the theoretical with the experiential in a hope to give participants an embodied experience of the art therapy process. It is aimed at those interested in exploring the realms of the psyche, soma and creativity. This will include an exploration of the visual art-making processes and mind-body connections, as viewed from the perspective of art therapy. The course may be of interest to those who are studying/working in mental health care context (psychotherapists, counselors, nurses) or to those who are interested in employing reflective art therapy practice in research. It may also be useful for anyone who is interested in creatively approaching and exploring the use of self in a reflective learning context.

1. Basic principles of Art Therapy
Introduction to the history of art therapy arising out of psychoanalysis and its subsequent development and application to a wider range of theoretical approaches
Workshop: Introduction to Journaling
2. Metaphors and Symbols
Introduction to the role of symbol and metaphor in the development of self-awareness and engagement in the process of learning
Workshop: The role of imagination and creativity in facilitating change and growth
3. Using Art Therapy to facilitate the expression of embodied knowing
Introduction to multiple ways of knowing; the somatic, the affective and the intuitive
Workshop: Somatic-Affective Process Art Therapy directive
4. Art Therapy and the Felt Sense
Introduction to exploring sensory experiences through art-making
Workshop: Focusing Oriented Art Therapy- FOAT
5. Art Therapy as a tool for personal and professional self-awareness
Introduction to exploring personal “self” and professional identity; identify professional skills that need to be improved through empathic, reflective and transformative learning experience.
Workshop: Projective collage - Self portrait
6. Application of Art therapy in professional contexts
Introduction to using various approaches and models of Art Therapy in working with children and adults, either individually or within a group.
Case studies of working with children/ young people/ Palliative care
7. Self-care and resiliency through reflective Art Therapy Practice
Introduction to resiliency framework and creative self-care practices
Workshop: Presence and Personal vitality
8. Closure - Life long learning and collaboration
Workshop: Vision board

Course Practicalities

Who Teaches this Course:

Andrea Nagy - Art Therapist,  MA Psychology, MA Art Therapy, Reg (IACAT, IFCA)

Andrea is both a researcher (PhD) and a teaching assistant at the School of Applied Psychology, UCC and also a part-time lecturer at the School of Applied Social Studies. Her research interest is to explore how creative arts can increase understanding of oneself and others, support the development of self-reflection capacity, and reduce physical symptoms.

Aideen Cooney - Art therapist,  BSocSc, MA Art therapy, Reg (IACAT)

Aideen's special area of interest and experience has been in the area of palliative care. She has facilitated an introduction to art therapy on the postgraduate in palliative care course (UCC).

Art materials are provided. No experience of art making is necessary. Although the course is 'experiential' in nature we stress that it is not intended to provide 'therapy' as such to the participants.


Short courses are non-assessed.

Why Choose This Course

There is a growing body of research demonstrating the benefits of creative arts-practice in exploring human experiences across various fields including education, health and sociology (Foster, 2007; Stuckey, 2009). This course aims to enable participants to incorporate image-making and art work into their professional practice or enhance their reflective capacity in every day life. The insights gained into self and the application of non-verbal art making techniques will be valuable assets to helping professionals in their casework.  Through experiential learning participants will have the opportunity to engage their creativity in a reflective process that is both fascinating and educational. The course will offer an opportunity to discover new ways of creative working with both self and others.


Students must be eighteen years by course commencement.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €215 (includes course material).

How Do I Apply

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 January 2020. Fees are listed in each course description. Students register and pay fees before course commencement as follows:

1. Register and pay online by clicking the Apply Now button below. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.

2. Payment may also be made by credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to UCC and these should be returned together with a completed application form to Short Courses, Adult Continuing Education, The Laurels, Western Road. Application forms are available from the office or they may be downloaded from the link below.

3. Students may also hand in completed application forms to the office at ACE between 9:15am and 5pm each day prior to the closing date. We regret we are unable to accept cash.



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