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Training and professionalisation in the arts therapies
 
Are you interested in learning more about the arts therapies in Europe? Have a look at this new publication on “Training and professionalisation in the arts therapies: Some examples and perspectives from Europe”.
 
Co-authored by our Head of Research, Giorgos Tsiris, together with Prof Vicky Karkou (Edge Hill University) and Diana Kayafa (Goldsmiths, University of London), this article is based on their presentation at the conference “Finding Spaces, Making Places: Exploring social and cultural space in contemporary Art Therapy practice” (13-16 April 2016, Goldsmiths, University of London).
 
Drawing on historical and contemporary examples from different European countries, this article explores the diverse landscape of training and professionalisation in the arts therapies. As such different approaches and pathways of development are outlined alongside considerations of the socio-political conditions of different countries.
After a brief historical note regarding the development of the arts therapies, the article focuses on training within modern European contexts and explores issues of collaboration and integration. Within this context, the authors discuss the role of professional bodies and reflect on the balance between shared standards and diversity in the arts therapies. This leads to a consideration of professional recognition and of its complexities.
 
Full reference:
Karkou, V., Tsiris, G., & Kayafa, D. (2017). Training and professionalisation in the arts therapies: Some examples and perspectives from Europe. Art Therapy Online, 8(1), 1-19.
 
 

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