Arts and Psychotherapy: Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health – International Event

28th Feb 2019, 9:30am - 8:30pm

Performing Arts Centre


What contribution can the arts make to one’s emotional wellbeing and mental health?  What is the relationship of the arts and psychotherapy?  How can the one field support and celebrate the other, and together provide access to people in emotional distress from diverse sociopolitical backgrounds?   This international event, which will be opened by the chief executive of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), Professor Sarah Niblock, and the commissioning manager at the NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Andy Kerr, will explore these questions.  It will also create an opportunity to bring together psychotherapists, artists and arts psychotherapists from the local, national and international community and explore synergies, collaborations and respective contributions.  During the event, we will launch the new MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contemporary Creative Approaches, present the new and largest arts therapies research project funded from the National Institute for Health Research and welcome lectures, workshops and performances from colleagues and students from the US, the Netherlands and Latvia.

Key Note Speakers:

  • Professor Sarah Niblock is the Chief Executive of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, the largest regulatory body for psychotherapists in the UK.  She was appointed as a CEO in 2017 after three decades of experience as a journalist, broadcaster and academic.  She was most recently professor and associate dean at University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design and she has published research on media, trauma and ethics. Sarah is passionate about mental health and psychotherapy. She was born and raised in Merseyside to a single mum and has seen the importance and effects of therapy and positive social change.

  • Andy Kerr, Commissioning Manager at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Programme Delivery Manager for Mental Health, a longstanding contributor to Liverpool’s community arts/fringe scene and a trustee of Liverpool Mental Health Consortium (who co-ordinate Liverpool’s arts-based mental health festival), and chair of board of trustees for Young Person’s Advisory Service (YPAS).

At this event, we will launch the new MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling – Contemporary Creative Approaches. The programme is designed around the conceptualisation of creative connections. It reflects the differing connections that you will learn to make between the process of facilitating creative expressions with clients, your own creative exploration of self, and the theoretical, psychological and psychotherapeutic underpinnings that guide such work.

Additional information about this course is available here