Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Form, Forms & Forming


Form, Forms and Forming was the third Northern Art Therapy in Education (NATE) meeting held at Manchester Art Gallery. The day’s programme concentrated on the study of continuing professional development (CPD) and professional referrals

Morning session - CPD

The first session of the morning consisted of discussions and exchanges of ideas around Continuing Professional Development (CPD), CPD journals and members’ personal experiences of CPD.

There was a consensus that the information on the BAAT website was useful, in particular the diagram aspect. The group also thought the information provided on the HCPC website regarding CPD and auditing was particularly useful. The group discussed various CPD courses, some of which were certified and some which were not. Courses attended by members included; visiting exhibitions, reading professional papers, studying journals, visiting personal and public art exhibitions.

After full-length discussions on CPD, the group were invited to create artwork that reflected their views on CPD and what they had learnt from other members’ experiences.

Afternoon session - Referrals

The group created a series of personal artworks designed to encourage reflection on the subject of form, forming and forms. After viewing the Gallery’s collection of classic modern design chairs, the group used miniature versions of the chairs, kindly provided by Manchester Art Gallery, to stimulate a discussion on referral. The group studied the nature of referrals, referral forms and referrers

Sharon Herriot led a session that concentrated on what each member felt about the referral process in our own respective roles as art therapists and reflecting on different organisations referral forms and processes. The points discussed in detailed included:

     ·        How to create a standardised referral form for all art therapists working in education
·        How more research could be done to prevent us reinvent the wheel when devising new ways to refer
·        What is the purpose of the form?
·        Do referrers need training in filling in the form?
·        A standardised visual form for children could be a good idea, especially when used at the first meeting with child, at periodic reviews and the endings
·        Could BAAT create a database of referral forms on its website?
·        How do we measure, evidence and record data from the referral, whilst still holding confidentiality and practising our code of ethics?
·        How to keep the questions on the referral form succinct
·        Could we ask organisations we work with how they believe a referral form should look and what content it should have?
·        Should we liaise with other agencies?

Nigel Durkan, Group-Coordinator

“I would like to thank everyone who attended the "Form, Forms and Forming" day at the Manchester Art Gallery and for their permission to publish the following photographs from the workshop. I would also like to extend my thanks to Louise Thompson, Health and Well-being Manager at Manchester Art Gallery for offering us the space to work in and helping to develop successful programmes for Art Therapists in Education.”
Nigel Durkan


Monday, 16 June 2014

NATE Saturday 19th July 2014


10am, SATURDAY, 19th JULY, 2014

10:00 - 10:15
Arrivals introduction and Tea and how the day will run

10:15 - 1130
Andy and Sharon have kindly agreed to  present their CPD profiles and we will explore together how this was done, in conjunction to HCPC standards they should include 500 word summary of practice history ( past two years) , using a personal development plan, supporting evidence, CPD activities. As we work in education are there CPD activities we engage in but we are unaware they are or could be CPD?

NATE members could find it useful to have a look at the HCPC website relating to CPD before the session, the link is here; www.hpc-uk.org/registrants/cpd/profile/

11:30 - 12:30
Art making reflecting on the CPD presentation.

12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:30
Art making using a part of the museum collection we will explore, form, forms and forming to facilitate a further discussion on referrals, assessments and evaluation.

Here is a website that might get the creativity going!


14:30 - 15:30
Following on from the last NATE session where we started the discussion on referrals, sdq, evaluation etc we decided that we could begin the research into devising a more robust or appropriate to our work as art therapists in education a referral form that meets the needs of the referrer, the client and the art therapist. We will have a discussion and if people want to bring forms that they use this could be useful to jog our memories from where we left off.

15:30 - 16:00
Feedback and conclusion


Manchester Art Gallery,
Mosley Street,
M2 3LJ
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Metrolink tram
St Peter’s Square or Mosley Street stations are the nearest Metrolink stations. Both are on the Altrincham and Eccles lines.

Nearest bus stops are St Peter's Square or Piccadilly Gardens.

To Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria stations. Take the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to Mosley Street or St Peter's Square.

Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK's extensive motorway network. Follow signs to the city centre. Car parking is available at the NCP car parks on Chepstow Street, Faulkner Street or Sackville Street. All are within five minutes of the gallery. The nearest disabled parking is on Nicholas Street or Princess Street, approximately 50m from the main entrance.



We are booking places from Monday 16th June, 2014.
To confirm your attendance please email Nigel Durkan