CE2) Foundation in Art Therapy (Online)

The certificate is approved by the British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT).

This course will appeal to anyone who is considering Art Therapy as a career. The course will offer participants an opportunity to learn about the essence of Art Therapy and its implementation with different client groups and populations. The "Foundation in the Art Therapy" course is the only one of its kind in the region which has been culturally adapted to suit communities within the region.

The tutors are experienced Art Psychotherapists who will be presenting clinical work from their own Art Therapy practices regionally and internationally. The course is theory-based, but includes experiential component which will enhance the participants' learning experiences.

Class Outline

The course will be a combination of theory and practice and will incorporate an experiential component with group discussions.

Questions and Answers and Disclaimer

Who will deliver the courses?
The course will be delivered by Sara Powell along with a co-lecturer (registered Art Psychotherapist).

Who is the course suitable for?
The course is suitable for anyoone who is interested in art therapy as a career and/or for professionals who are engaged with educational, medical, rehabilitative and/or mental health services for children, adults, and families, or for individuals who have an overall interest in the arts.

Do I need to be good at art to do the courses?
No, you don’t have to be good at art. In fact, facilitating art with all abilities and moving away from the idea of having to be “good at art “will be one of the major teaching themes of the course.

Do I need any special qualifications?
No. If you are already working within the education, medical, rehabilitative, or mental health services then you have the appropriate experience to bring to the course. In addition, if you come from a creative profession, this course may be a stepping stone into pursuing formal art therapy training.
Does this mean I can be an art therapist?
No. Art therapy is a state-regulated profession in countries such as the UK, and to be an art therapist, you will need to be trained to at least MA level and be on the statutory register of the Health and Care Professions Council, so this course is not a qualification to practice as an art therapist.

Will I learn techniques to support the populations I work with?
Yes, if you are already a qualified teacher, counsellor, etc. You will learn how to facilitate sensitive communication through art and learn how to work safely and within your professional scope of expertise. You will also be introduced to different art materials and try out some exercises for yourself as part of the course is self-reflective through the use of art.

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

  • Pencil, eraser, sharpener,
  • Paint selection and brush
  • Paper (sketch pad) ideally A3 size
  • 1 canvas
  • Colored pencils
  • Oil pastels and/or color markers
  • 1 packet of clay

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

Sun, 8 May, 2022
Thu, 19 May, 2022
Sunday through Thursday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
QAR 8600


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.