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ECArTE Full Member

 

Edinburgh: Queen Margaret University

Course Title: MSc in Art Psychotherapy (International)

Duration: Two years full-time, or three to four years part-time

Entry Requirements:

•  a bachelor degree or equivalent in the area of the visual arts supported by a portfolio of art work in any media.

or

•  a degree in a subject such as psychology, social work, nursing or education will be considered if supported by a substantial portfolio of art work

plus

•  a minimum of one year’s experience of work in a caring capacity or equivalent

•  some experience of personal art psychotherapy or psychotherapy, or experiential workshops in art therapy, psychotherapy or the creative therapies, is desirable

•  a satisfactory criminal records check.

 

Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The course aims to integrate learning across the theoretical, experiential and practical aspects of the training. It places the student at the heart of the learning process encouraging individual responsibility. As students are mature graduates with many life skills and diverse work experience, the student cohort is regarded as a resource for peer learning and skills sharing. Emphasis is placed equally on academic studies, experiential learning and supervised placements. The theoretical orientation of the course is broadly speaking psychodynamic with a strong group work component. All students undertake research methods training prior to commencing Level 2 and are required to submit a research based clinical project as their final submission.

 

Course Content:

• therapeutic skills and practice

• interpersonal learning workshops and art-based research

• art psychotherapy theory and practice

•  pre-registration research methods

•  art psychotherapy and contemporary applications

•  interpersonal learning group and group theory

•  clinical project

The course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. Studying full-time normally involves four modules in Year One and three modules in Year Two (one of which is the research based clinical project). The part-time route takes three or four years. Students are required to engage in their own personal psychotherapy on a weekly basis throughout the duration of the course.

The course meets the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Art Therapists. The award of International MSc in Art Psychotherapy carries 240 credits/120 European Credits.

 

The content covers:

• psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches to art psychotherapy research methodologies

•  biological, psychological and social issues in art psychotherapy studio practice

•  group-work and group theory

•  art-based inter-personal learning workshops and groups

•  120 days supervised placement

•  art-based research

The main forms of assessment are essays, reports and presentations.

 

Qualification Awarded: MSc Art Psychotherapy (International)

Language: All modules are delivered in English

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Queen Margaret University is able to offer student exchange and clinical placement opportunities under Erasmus agreements with four universities in Germany and Spain.

The Art Psychotherapy Programme also has links with the Ukrainian Art Psychotherapy Programme which is facilitated in Lviv, Ukraine under the umbrella of the Ukrainian Psychotherapy Association. Dr Margaret Hills de Zarate is the curator of this project. Contact: Iryna Horbal:  iryska.ambivalence@gmail.com. She is also a member of the Academic Committee of the Master in Art Therapy at Universidad Del Desarrollo, Santiago de Chile. Contact: Daniela Gloger (magisterarteterapia@udd.cl). The programme also has a  research agreement with IUNA  Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Current Research:

Dr Hills de Zarate is a co-investigator on the AHRC funded research project Transnationalizing Modern Languages. A new research project looking at how modern Italian culture has developed around the world, colleagues at St Andrews, Bristol Warwick and QMU, have been awarded £1.8million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). From the insights it develops into transnational Italian cultures, the project will forge a new framework for the discipline of Modern Languages as a whole, with the interaction of languages and cultures at its core.

Some key publications and ongoing research projects in arts therapies at Queen Margaret University Arts Psychotherapy programme:

Dr Margaret Hills de Zárate:

Two chapters in the Manual de Arte Terapia (2011) AMARÚ Ediciones.

One chapter, Arte Terapia, Universidad de Chile.

Tropical Path (2010/2011) (Part 1 and 2) Art Therapy OnLine ATOL

Narrative, Photographs and the Experience of Memory (2012) Art Therapy OnLine ATOL

 

Dr Jane Burns:

Burns, J. (2007) Book Review of Talking Over the Year: A Handbook of Dynamic psychotherapy with older adults. Evans, S; Garner, J (eds) (2004) The International Journal of Art Therapy Volume 12, Issue 1 June 2007 pp. 52 – 55

Peer reviewed internationally distributed scientific publications in arts therapies:

Tropical Path Part One (2010) http://eprints-gojo.gold.ac.uk/119/3/Hill_Tropical.pdf

Tropical Path Part Two (2011)

Narrative, Photographs and the Experience of Memory (2012)

 

Ongoing research projects in art psychotherapy:

Margaret Temple: Lecturer

•             The life of the image within the art therapy process

•             The image and its’ use in understanding group relationships

•             The image and its’ use in couple/family art therapy

 

Dr Jane Burns: Lecturer

•             Alzheimer’s and Dementia

•             Autism

•             Older People

Sheena McGregor: Lecturer

•             Children, Adolescents  and Families

•             Children with Chronic conditions

•             Fostered and Adopted Children

Adrienne McDermid Thomas: Lecturer

•             Art Psychotherapy and the Recovery model

•             Art Psychotherapy with violent offenders

•             Group dynamics in Art Psychotherapy for forensic mental health service users

Katrina Millhagen: Lecturer

•             Inter subjective framework for art psychotherapy work

•             Use of Image in Art Psychotherapy: the work of Rita Simon

•             Borderline Clients

Margaret Hills de Zárate: Senior Lecturer

•             Memory and Narrative

•             Political Violence and Refugees

•             Art Based Research

 

Research Collaboration:

The Art Psychotherapy staff at Queen Margaret University is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE Members with particular interest in:

Dr Margaret Hills de Zarate

Psychosocial interventions in art psychotherapy, Latin American social movements, political violence, refugees, displaced populations, human rights, visual research methodologies, dialectics, liberation psychology, memory and narrative.

Dr Jane Burns

Art therapies (art, music, dance movement and drama) and older people, in particular older people who have dementia; children and young adults on the autistic spectrum.

Margaret Temple: Lecturer:

Visual research into the life of the image within the art therapy process; the image and its’ use in understanding group relationships; couple/family art therapy

Sheena McGregor: Lecturer

Children, Adolescents  and Families; Children with Chronic conditions and fostered and Adopted Children

Adrienne McDermid Thomas: Lecturer

Art Psychotherapy and the Recovery model; Art Psychotherapy with violent offenders and Group dynamics in Art Psychotherapy for forensic mental health service users.

Katrina Millhagen: Lecturer

The Inter subjective framework for art psychotherapy work; the work of Rita Simon  and working with Borderline Clients

 

Professional Association:

Name of association: British Association of Art Therapists

Address: 24-27 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD

Tel: 020 7686 4216   Fax: 020 7837 7945

Email address: info@baat.org

Professional Body or Ministry:

Students are obliged to register with a professional association in order to practise as an arts therapist.

The course is approved by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Code of Ethics:

Health and Care Professions Council

 

Contact details:

Contact person: Dr Margaret Hills de Zárate

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader MSc Art Psychotherapy (International)

 

Postal address: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh,

Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU, UK

Telephone number: 0044 131 474 0000

University website: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/at/default.htm

Email address: mhillsdezarate@qmu.ac.uk


ECArTE Full Member

 

Edinburgh: Queen Margaret University

 

Course title: MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins)

Duration: Two years, full-time

Entry Requirements:

• possession of an undergraduate degree in any subject area

• satisfactory demonstration of musical ability, diversity and openness; this should include competence in the playing of a harmonic instrument (e.g. piano, guitar or harp) and application of a fluent chordal vocabulary; proficiency in other instrumental and vocal areas is regarded as advantageous; it is recommended that applicants should be able to perform at a Grade 7 or 8 benchmark of a recognised examination board on a harmonic instrument

• personal characteristics of maturity, responsibility and empathy that are suitably tailored to working with people who may present a range of challenges and abilities

• previous experience that would lend itself favourably to the nature and demands of music therapy training and practice

• writing and communication skills that demonstrate command of the English language; the current minimum score for an IELTS test is currently 6.5 although this is likely to increase to 7.0.

 

Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The genesis of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy lies in the work undertaken from 1959 onwards by Dr Paul Nordoff, then Professor of Music at Bard College, USA, and Clive Robbins, a teacher working in Sunfield Children’s Home, England. In 1974, they established the first British Nordoff Robbins training programme in London. Today, there are clinical and training centres based on this approach worldwide.

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy is an established approach to personal and group therapy which uses the inherent potential of music as an effective communicative medium. Through creating, improvising and performing music with the client, the therapist seeks to draw her/him into active musical involvement in order to establish and develop a working relationship. Both therapist and client are engaged in a progression of interactive therapeutic experiences from session to session, the therapist supporting each stage of the client’s creative development with the music itself regarded as the main agent of change.

 

Course Content:

The aim of the programme leading to the award of an MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins) is to guide and support students in the development of knowledge, skills and professional attributes required to become professional music therapists. Graduates are then eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Those who practise music therapy must demonstrate the required competence as well as accountability for the outcomes of their work. In essence, this requires a successful theoretical and practical partnership. Without this partnership the music therapist would be unlikely to cope with the therapeutic, musical and administrative responsibilities that comprise the day-to-day demands of the profession.

A key element of this programme is the systematic integration of seven modules. Students will experience the continuous interaction of theoretical instruction, the development of practical musical resources, the observation of therapeutic work of others and the responsibility of undertaking therapeutic work themselves with both individuals and groups. The progression of content seeks to respect the developmental needs of students as they become accustomed to working with people whose lives may be affected by a diverse range of psychological, physical and social problems. This will be achieved by the interrelation of personal and professional development to help equip each student to successfully manage the diverse demands of a music therapy practitioner in the 21st century.

Programme Structure:

The programme consists of the following modules:

•  Music Therapy Studies (30 credits)

•  Music Studies 1 (30 credits)

•  Placement & Supervision 1 (30 credits)

•  Research Methods (30 credits)

•  Music Studies 2 (15 credits)

•  Placement & Supervision 2 (15 credits)

•  Professional Project (60 credits)

 

Qualification Awarded: MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins)

Language: All of the above modules are taught in English.

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Queen Margaret University would be very willing to discuss student exchange opportunities with ECArTE member universities for the MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins) programme.

The University is able to offer a clinical placement opportunity for ECArTE member students in MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins).  The likely length of the placement is one academic semester from September to December.

 

Current Research:

Please list some key publications and ongoing research projects in arts therapies, or closely related areas, at your University/arts therapies programme.

i) Peer reviewed internationally distributed scientific publications in arts therapies:

Robertson, J. 2000. An educational model for music therapy: the case for a continuum. British Journal of Music Therapy, 14 (1), pp.41-46.

Pethybridge, E. and Robertson, J. 2010. Educational music therapy: theoretical foundations explored in time-limited group work projects with children. In: Karkou. V. ed. Arts therapies in schools: research and practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

ii) Ongoing research projects in arts therapies:

Working with people with aphasia: a project which will investigate how music therapy and dance movement psychotherapy might complement the work of speech and language therapy.

The choir as therapeutic context: a service evaluation of responses from patients and staff in a medium secure forensic setting following their participation in a series of choral experiences facilitated by a music therapist.

 

Research Collaboration:

The University is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE Members with particular interests in the areas of music therapy within forensic mental health, special education and dementia.

Professional Association:

Name of association: British Association for Music Therapy

Email address of association: www.bamt.org

Professional Body or Ministry:

In order to practice as arts therapists students are obliged to register with The Health and Care Professions Council.

Code of Ethics:

The Health and Care Professions Council (UK)

 

Contact details:

Contact person: Mr James Robertson, Arts Therapies Lead and Programme Leader of the MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins).

Postal address:

MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins)

School of Health Sciences

Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University Drive

Musselburgh

East Lothian EH21 6UU

Scotland

UK

 

Telephone number: 00 44 131 474 0000

University website: www.qmu.ac.uk

Email address: jrobertson@qmu.ac.uk