Using Image and Narrative in Therapy for Trauma, Addiction and Recovery

A Retrospective Launch Free Event

Saturday 1st October 11am-5pm

11-2am Online and In Person Meeting:
James West (book editor), Jon Martyn, Anthea Hendry, Charles Brown, Sheila Butler, Tony
Gammidge and Tania Korsak present around themes from the book.
(*This part of the meeting will be accessible online. See below)

2-3pm Break

3-5pm Afternoon In Person Meeting:
In the afternoon Sarah Deco and Martin Weegmann provide an interactive group experience for
the in person attendees around Image and Narrative in Therapy.
The day consists of a series of presentations and workshops by the book’s authors, exploring the
use of image and narrative in therapy. It is aimed at anybody who through therapeutic practice or
personal experience is interested in exploring the way image making and storytelling together
become therapeutic and assist recovery and growth from trauma and addictions.

The is the link to the in-person event:

And the on-line event:

*Participants are advised to think about what they bring to the event, and sensitively consider your own self care and how what you bring may impact on other participants.

The book is available at a 20% discount using the code ‘IMAGEANDNARRATIVE’ on this link,
BAAT members get a 30% using the code available on the BAAT website,

Healing Arts New York Launch Event: The Arts and Wellbeing

Join leading artists, policymakers, and academics for a virtual panel and project presentation exploring the arts as a new frontier in health, care, and wellbeing. This special event marks the launch of Healing Arts New York, the final of a series of 2021 global city activations, produced by CULTURUNNERS, to advance relationships between Arts and Health research, practice, and policy. Healing Arts New York will culminate in a one-day symposium at The Met on November 14, 2021.

This panel is presented in partnership by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the World Health Organization Arts and Health Program in collaboration with the Creative Arts Therapies Consortium at NYU Steinhardt and the NeuroArts Blueprint, an initiative of the International Arts + Mind Lab at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Health, Medicine, and Society Program at The Aspen Institute.


Special Edition FPOP Bulletin: Creative ageing Call for expressions of interest

Have you been involved in creative practices or arts-based activities when working alongside older people?

This might be:

· Facilitating an arts-based group?

· Using creative approaches in clinical practice?

· Involving artists, musicians or actors in your service?

· Building links between your service with an arts group or organisation?

· Training artists to work with older people, including those with dementia?

· Working alongside artists to train health professionals in creative approaches?

· Projects or research looking at the benefits of arts-based approaches for older people?

· Experience of arts-health initiatives abroad that could work in NHS services?

· Developing policies or guidance about arts-based interventions for older people?

· Views about the role of clinical psychologists in delivering arts-based interventions?

· Ideas about what skills we might need to deliver our services using creative and arts-based approaches?

· Thoughts about the scope for integrating creative and arts-based approaches into our future practice?

An article could be:

– A short report of an activity or project

– A commentary

– A service evaluation

Articles can be up to a maximum of 3000 words including references.

Please send an expression of interest to submit an article by Friday 15th May To:

The deadline for submitting articles is Wednesday 1st July.

Publication will be in the October edition.

Montreal’s Museum Of Fine Arts Has Free Online Art Therapy That You Can Do From Your Couch

The MMFA is doing its best to keep us occupied during this surreal moment in history. It’s just one of a few institutions in the city that has moved its activities online so that residents can enjoy them from the comfort and safety of their own homes. In addition to free virtual tours, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is now offering at-home art therapy.

Further information here

Book Launch: Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice

On Saturday 29th February 2020, over 70 people attended a sold-out event at the National Gallery in London, to launch edited by Ali Coles and Helen Jury and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The audience included museum professionals and arts in health specialists, as well as Art Therapists.

Following a welcome from Anna Murray (Communities and Access Programme Manager at the National Gallery) and Caroline Campbell (Director of Collections and Research), Val Huet (CEO of BAAT) set the context for Art Therapy in museums and galleries. This was followed by four presentations by chapter authors: Helen Jury on Conversations with Rembrandt; Ali Coles on What Do Museums Mean?; Emma Hollamby on Artworks as a Stimulus; and Stephen Legari and colleagues on The Caring Museum. It is hoped that recordings of the presentations can be made available in due course. Nana Zhvitiashvili (Art Psychotherapist), Pippa Beveridge (Artist) and Dr Christina Bradstreet (Adult Learning Programmer, National Gallery) then joined the presenters for a panel discussion, chaired by Val Huet, and the event ended with a drinks reception.

Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice / Book Launch

The book launch for @JKPBooks Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice, edited by Helen Jury and Ali Coles taking place on Saturday 29th February 2020 at the National Gallery in London, 2.00pm – 5.30pm, is sold out.
We’ll be tweeting on the day. Follow us on twitter @MusArtTherapy

‘Materiality and the use of objects in art psychotherapy’

Creative Response, BAAT’s special interest group, organised a study day on 3 October 2019 with a theme ‘Materiality and the use of objects in art psychotherapy’. The study day was hosted by The Harley Street Clinic and The Wallace Collection museum.
The content of the day was constructed to introduce the use of museum resources in therapy practice from two perspectives: one – from art therapy point of view, and another – from the museum point of view.
First part of the day was dedicated to theoretical and practical considerations of this relatively new format of practice. Helen Jury, Art Psychotherapist, who has
has been pursuing doctoral research at UCL London on this topic, delivered an insightful presentation. It was followed by thought-provoking object-handling session. Helen Jury writes:
“Art Psychotherapy in museums is a growing field and one which is becoming increasingly influential in terms of community engagement in this time of shrinking resources and reapplication and thinking around space, place and function. Both museum practitioners and Art Psychotherapists are developing exciting and innovative practice that looks at shared professional input and re-designation of museum space, objects and function”.
Second part of the day was dedicated to the museum visit, where participants engaged in art making and discussions.
Amy Chang, curator (Education Department) at The Wallace Collection, conducted a stimulating guided tour, showing most interesting highlights of the collection. She also presented to the group a museum outreach programme ‘The Wallace on the ward’, which is currently being delivered to hospitals and care homes.
Very positive feedback was received from fellow art therapists and we hope it has inspired people to work more with museum resources. There are some comments from the participants:
I work with loss and not in museums so opened my eyes to different areas of work”.
“Really useful to consider/ bringing together different interests”.
“As a newly qualified APT having written my dissertation on this subject – it was reaffirming and helped me believe I can work in this area”.
“Very interesting and lots of material for further research. Thought provoking”.
“Energizing and so much to reflect on. So relevant to practice/ Fantastic day!”
Creative Response
Nana Zhvitiashvili

‘Building Bridges’ in Applied Arts and Health, Education and Community

7–10 August 2019
Ironbridge – Telford, Shropshire, England

In celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health(JAAH), the University of Wolverhampton collaborate in hosting an International Arts & Wellbeing Conference. The Conference is conveniently located in the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’ in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, England. With its vast array of Victorian monuments, museums and galleries it is a major historical destination. It is also home to the world’s first cast-iron bridge built in 1779 by Abraham Darby III and now recognised as one of the great symbols of the Industrial Revolution. This remarkable Iron Bridge still dominates the town that bears its name.

The Conference celebrates the arts and aims to build metaphoric bridges across the field by facilitating a diverse and lively programme of dialogue with an emphasis on creativity and wellbeing in education and community. The Conference focuses on applied arts practiceresearchscholarshipexpressive arts therapy, community and education, set within proximity to one of England’s most stunning heritage locations.–wellbeing-conference–building-bridges/