Creative Therapies

Creative Therapies Distance Learning Course. Study art therapy, music therapy, singing therapy, crafts therapy, reminiscence work, writing, psychotherapeutic writing. Useful to improve mental help, aid recovery from illness or injury.

Course Code: BPS219
Fee Code: S1
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Study Creative Therapy Online

Learn more about art therapy, writing as therapy, music therapy, singing therapy, craft therapy, reminiscence and drama therapy. 

Creative therapies are useful to everyone. They can help us to maintain good mental health and improve mental health. They are also useful to maintain and improve physical skills. Knitting, for example, is great for people with osteoarthritis as it keeps movement in their hands.

Creative therapies are useful to help people to -

  • Recover from injury or illness
  • Improve their health and well being

Learn how creative activities such as arts, music, writing, crafts, modelling and drama, can have benefits to physical and psychological health.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Creative Therapy and Counselling Skills I
    • What are creative therapies
    • Who can benefit
    • Take caution with some patients
    • Benefits
    • Scientific evidence
    • Preparing for creative therapy
    • Counselling & active listening
    • Giving instructions
    • Different learning styles
    • Planning for choice
    • Options for response
    • Open ended tasks
    • Improving creativity
    • Health and safety
    • Insurance
    • Selling your craft
    • After creative therapy
  2. Art Therapy and Counselling Skills II
    • Counselling skills – SOLER
    • What is art therapy
    • What clients benefit from art therapy
    • Scientific evidence
    • Art therapy techniques
    • Art therapy with children
    • Stories
    • Playdough
    • Candle making
    • Therapeutic photography
    • Colouring books
    • Painting by numbers
    • Doodling
  3. Crafts Therapy Part 1 – Fibre and Paper Crafts
    • What is craft therapy?
    • How it works
    • Knitting
    • Ceramics
    • Quilting
    • Embroidery
    • Decoupage
    • Sewing
    • Crochet
    • Macrame
    • Origami
    • Scientific evidence and historical anecdotes
    • Therapeutic benefits
  4. Crafts Therapy Part 2 – Model Making and Building Crafts
    • Introduction
    • Skills needed for model making
    • Model building
    • Wood working
    • Interior design
    • Light, space, texture, colour, line, form
    • Furniture and objects
    • Sculpting
    • Building renovation
    • Building blocks
    • Benefits of model making and building crafts.
    • Risks
    • Working with individuals
    • Finding the individual’s creativity
    • Exploring
    • Using technology
    • Cultivate expertise
    • The reward
  5. Singing Therapy and Music Therapy
    • What is singing therapy
    • Therapeutic benefits and scientific evidence
    • What is music therapy
    • Active music therapy
    • Receptive music therapy
    • How does music therapy work?
    • Silence
    • Dementia and music therapy
    • Singing for the brain
    • Working with groups
    • Dealing with upset
    • Organising sessions
  6. Psychotherapeutic Writing
    • What is writing therapy?
    • Hiding the pain
    • Therapeutic benefits
    • Self knowledge
    • Balancing emotions
    • Improving discipline
    • Difficulties
    • Examples of writing therapy
    • How it works
    • Psychotherapeutic exercise
    • Writing a letter
    • Word walls
    • Be positive
  7. Psychodrama, Dance and Movement Therapy
    • Non-verbal communication
    • Body language
    • Kinesics
    • Haptics
    • Proxemics
    • Occulesics
    • Psychodrama and Drama therapy
    • What is drama therapy?
    • Aims of drama therapy
    • Working with different groups
    • Therapeutic benefits and scientific evidence
    • Projective play
    • Acting out
    • Reunion
    • Puppetry
    • Dance and movement therapy
    • Scientific research on DMT
    • How DMT sessions work
    • DMT and regulating emotions
    • Psychodrama
    • Action methods
    • Psychodrama sessions
    • Uses for psychodrama
    • Psychodrama and children
  8. Reminiscence Therapy
    • What is reminiscence therapy
    • Individuals who benefit from reminiscence work
    • Neurocognitive deficits
    • Delirium
    • Neurocognitive disorders
    • How does reminiscence therapy work?
    • Therapeutic benefits and scientific evidence
    • Reminiscence work tips
    • Reminiscence work and other therapies

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Creative therapies include art therapy, drama therapy, reminiscence therapy, crafts as therapy and so on. They can be useful for people in stressful times in their life and those with physical, emotional and psychological difficulties.

Creative therapies are a range of techniques that are creative and expressive in nature that aim to help clients to find a way to express themselves that is beyond words or traditional therapies, such as counselling or psychotherapy.  Creative therapies are limitless as the human imagination.

The aim is to encourage people to express themselves in a positive and happy way, to encourage the expression of positive emotions.  At first, the person may focus on their negative emotions, but over time, we hope more positive emotions may be expressed.

Creative therapies are used to encourage a person to express themselves in ways that they may not be able to usually. This also can enable personal growth.

Some sample course notes to give you an idea of what the course covers -

What is Craft Therapy?

Craft therapy and art therapy are similar, but not the same. They use similar strategies and can be beneficial to a wide range of people. Craft therapies use hobbies and activities to improve a person’s mental health. Art and craft therapies do overlap. For example, an art therapist may work with fibre art or a craft therapist may use fibre to create art.

However, there are differences between art and craft therapies –

  • art therapy is generally more well regarded than craft therapies
  • the benefits of art therapies have been more studied and documented than craft therapies

Craft therapy can be carried out in groups or individually. It can also be done in a range of settings, such as prisons, schools, inpatient and outpatient therapy and so on.  Craft therapy can include a range of options such as –

  • fibre arts such as
    • knitting
    • embroidery
    • crochet
    • macramé
    • quilting
    • screen painting
    • fabric making
    • tie dying fabrics
    • making cuddly toys or dolls
    • dress making
  • paper arts such as
    • scrapbooking
    • origami
    • papermaking
    • making greeting cards
  • jewellery making
  • model building and so on.

People who may feel intimidated about creating “art” may be happier creating craft items, such as knitting or friendship bracelets.


If you work in any field that is providing care or help to people, creative therapies can be a great way of assisting with –

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Addictions 
  • Attention disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Physical illnesses
  • PTSD
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and other conditions.
This is an excellent course to improve your knowledge and skills to work in any situation where your primary concern is to help people.


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