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

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

Performing Arts Centre

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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?

These questions will be explored at a special one-day event featuring talks, workshops and performances.
The event will be a unique opportunity to bring together psychotherapists, artists
and arts psychotherapists from the local, national and international community and explore synergies, collaborations and respective contributions. Speakers and participants include 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.

During the event, we will launch the new MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contemporary Creative Approaches, present the new and largest arts therapies trial in mental health care: (the ERA trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research) and welcome lectures, workshops and performances from colleagues and students from the
US, the Netherlands and Latvia.

The event will be of particular interest to artists, psychotherapists and counsellors, mental health practitioners and service providers, educators and policy makers interested in the area of arts and wellbeing. Undergraduate and postgraduate students and those with interest in the area of arts and wellbeing will also be very welcome

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).

  • Dr Catherine Carr is a music therapist at East London NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow at Queen Mary University of London and Lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Both her clinical work and research focus on arts therapies in NHS mental health services. She is co-Director of the Centre for Mind in Society, and serves on a number of strategic committees including the Council for Allied Health Professions Research and Music Therapy Charity.