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Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies (Advanced Specialist Training Status with NCS)

This course holds Advanced Specialist training recognition status for participants who are qualified Counsellors /Psychotherapists. For all other participants, the course is offered with Quality Checked Training status.

This inspiring, part-time course is now additionally open to students in training as counsellors/psychotherapists, and for those who are already suitably qualified professionals. It is available to study in Exeter and Poole over 12 weekdays 
and has Advanced Specialist Training Status with the National Counselling Society (NCS).

  • 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 students in training as counsellors/psychotherapists, qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling and clinical psychologists, and mental health and wellbeing professionals (such as nurses, doctors or teachers) who offer therapeutic work to clients.

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This course has Advanced Specialist Training Status with the National Counselling Society (NCS):

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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:

  • Be a qualified professional who adheres to a code of conduct, or a student in training as a counsellor/psychotherapist. We also welcome applicants in other related roles within the helping professions, which may not have a professional body  - please contact us if you would like to discuss your eligibility.

Please note: Completion of this course does not provide a route to registration with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and detailed individual applications to NCS are required for this purpose, where applicable.

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:

  • A completed Post Qualifying Courses application form (available to download from 'Download' section of this web page).
  • Your £350 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place (see the 'Fees' tab for further information).

Application documents can be submitted by email to admissions@ironmill.co.ukor by post to Iron Mill College, 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.

Final Application Date

The deadline for applications is 4 weeks before the start of the course. A decision will be made on whether the course will run, based on confirmed and accepted places, 4 weeks before the start date of the course. Any applications received after the 4 week deadline will only be processed at the discretion of the Programmes Lead / Course Lead.
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