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ICAPT (CNWL NHS Foundation Trust)

International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training (ICAPT)

Developing and implementing effective approaches for arts psychotherapies practice in mental health.

Arts psychotherapists use a non-verbal medium to help link talking and feeling in powerful and focused ways. ICAPT supports models of practice being applied safely and in collaboration with the patient, taking account of evidence.

The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training in Mental Health (ICAPT) was established in 2011 to build upon the excellence of arts psychotherapies clinical expertise and to offer training for evidence-informed practice more widely. The aim of the centre is to provide a better experience for patients where interventions are guided but not prescriptive and are informed by research without losing the intuition and innovation of which arts psychotherapists are known for.

The priorities of the centre are to:

  • Offer training in mentalisation-based arts psychotherapies, interpersonal arts psychotherapies and interventions for psychosis
  • Develop clinical research and quality improvement projects for arts psychotherapies within mental health services
  • Develop dialogues with service users about what works for whom
  • Build an international community

This is the first centre of its kind in health care, accessible to all arts psychotherapists nationally and internationally with a focus on evidence-informed practice for clinical groups and will help to offer a way forward for arts psychotherapists refining clinical methods verbally and non-verbally for specific clinical populations.

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