CE5) Level 6: Creative Therapeutic Practice For Children & Young People

This course is a level 6 diploma, delivered over 12 months, and is the first in the region. It has been designed and created specifically to support the growing number of children and young people experiencing mental health and emotional issues, particularly since the pandemic. This theoretical and practice-led course will provide learners with the essential research-informed creative therapeutic skills required to work effectively and ethically with children and young people.

The course is suitable for applicants with an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in the field of art and child-focused areas, for example, Nursing, Education, Psychology, Youth work. Those with equitable professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The course is targeted to the existing Child and Young People workforce who wish to further enhance their creative therapeutic skills to support children and young people’s mental health. 

Modules will cover the ethical, practical, systemic, cross-cultural, and creative theoretical components essential to delivering the effective and creative therapeutic intervention to children and young people. 

Classroom lectures are delivered online, one full day per month, which makes it suitable for those from a wide geographical reach, in employment, or with other commitments.

The course will include the following:

· lectures

· clinical placements

· supervision

· experiential art-based practice

· case studies

Class Outline

Class 1 : July-23-2022
Class 2 : August-20-2022
Class 3 : September-17-2022
Class 4 : October-22-2022 
Class 5 : November-12-2022
Class 6 : December-10-2022
Class 7 : January-07-2023
Class 8 : February-04-2023
Class 9 : March-04-2023
Class 10 : April-01-2023
Class 11 : April-29-2023
Class 12 : May-27-2023

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Sat, 23 Jul, 2022
Sat, 27 May, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
QAR 40000


Sara Powell (AThR)

Sara Powell
MA, HCPC, Reg (UK), Art Psychotherapist, BAAT Member.

Sara is from the UK and is the founder of ATIC psychological and counselling center. She has an MA in Art Psychotherapy and a registered healthcare professional with Health Care Professions Council UK, and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapy. Sara has over 10 years of clinical experience encompassing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, families, and facilitated a variety of groups. Sara has worked on numerous projects in collaboration with government agencies, consulting on inclusion, addiction, child protection, vulnerable populations, eating disorders, chronic illnesses and palliative care. Sara specializes in women issues, child and adolescent-related disorders, and is passionate in the development of early intervention services in the region.
Sara follows an eclectic therapeutic approach and is a published author and presented many conference papers locally and internationally.


Mariam El Halawani (ATR)

Mariam is a US-trained art psychotherapist and has an MA in Art Therapy from NYU, New York. Her clinical experience includes working with clients in psychiatric, medical, educational, and clinical settings in different countries including the US, Italy, and the UAE. She offers therapy sessions in English and Arabic. She has a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults experiencing psychological distress, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and/or identity confusion. Being born and raised in the Middle East, Mariam’s expertise also lies in supporting Arab families in navigating multigenerational patterns, trauma, and difficult relational dynamics. Mariam is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in International Psychology and is passionate about contributing to mental health research. She is a published author and contributor to art psychotherapy journals and books. Her research focus includes vulnerable and stigmatized groups and the use of art psychotherapy services as a form of support.


Natalia Gomez Carlier (ATR-BC)

Natalia is ATIC's Clinical Director; she is a Psychotherapist and Art Therapist with over 20 years of experience. Natalia has a degree in psychology from Universidad de Los Andes, a master's in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. student of Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is also a Registered Board- Certified Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association.

As a traveling art psychotherapist, Natalia has had the honor to practice in Bogota, Chicago, New York, Muscat, and Dubai. Natalia was trained in psychodynamics and is passionate about Jungian and depth-oriented work. Currently, she works from an integral perspective using and adapting different techniques and modalities. She incorporates CBT, neuroscience, Gestalt, Brief Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Transpersonal, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, among others, the uniqueness of each individual orients their treatment.