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50th Anniversary of the Arts Therapies

at University of Hertfordshire

Saturday July 23rd 2022

Venue: University of Hertfordshire, School of Art, Lindop lecture theatre, studios and outdoor environments.

College Lane, Hatfield. AL10

9.30am – 4.30pm

Environmental arts therapy is an arts-based approach to working therapeutically in outdoor spaces and emerges from the creative exchange that has occurred between the ecopsychology movement and the arts therapies professions and communities.

The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform to share the methods, approaches, theory base and research in this area of innovative integrative arts therapy practice. The day will allow us to experience what happens when we take our art, drama, music, and movement therapy practices outdoors.

Keynote speakers: Ian Siddons Heginworth and Gary Nash

Ian Siddons Heginworth, RDTh MPhil is an environmental arts therapist and storyteller.  He is the author of Environmental arts therapy and the Tree of life, the book that has become the flagship of the environmental arts therapy movement in the UK. Ian is co-editor of Environmental Arts Therapy: Wild frontiers of the heart, Routledge, 2020.

In 2016 he retired from the NHS after thirty-five years where he had been mainly employed as a specialist practitioner, developing outdoor therapeutic services for adults with profound and complex disabilities and for adults with enduring mental health issues in wild and beautiful locations all over Devon. He now leads the Post graduate certificate course in Environmental arts therapy in Devon and runs a private practise as an environmental arts therapist in therapeutic woodland near Exeter.

Gary Nash, Dip. AT MAAT, EAT Cert, has over twenty years of art therapy experience working in adult mental health, the voluntary sector, learning disabilities services and mainstream education. He is a BAAT registered supervisor and registered private practitioner. Gary has been working with art and drama therapists in developing training and professional development in the art of environmental arts therapy over the past 10 years.

He runs a fortnightly environmental arts therapy group in London and is co-editor of Environmental Arts Therapy: Wild frontiers of the heart, Routledge, 2020. Gary is co-founder of London Art Therapy Centre where he is a practitioner-researcher providing art therapy since 2009.

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Online and on campus lectures, workshops & masterclasses. (Details needed)

Please explore the links below for detailed information regarding other Art Therapy Conference events.