The arts can play a vital role in helping people engage through using a non- verbal medium; supporting people to connect, engage and access change in a creative way. Therapy goals are about relating rather than developing a skill using a creative discipline to foster wellbeing for those who may struggle to access traditional talking therapies.
Why Arts Therapy?
- Arts therapists provide therapeutic support for groups, couples,
- individuals and families with medium – high need
- Arts therapies are useful for people with complex needs who can’t currently access help using traditional talking therapies e.g. ASD, ADHD, EBD, trauma, bereavement, learning and communication difficulties, attachment disorders and adult mental health
- Arts therapies can be particularly helpful for people who are non-verbal or have verbal communication difficulties
- Arts therapies can aid motivation to engage
Why Cambridgeshire Music?
- We work within EYFS, primary and secondary schools as well as within
- private homes, adult mental health and clinical settings
- We work with professionals and consult with schools, parents and careers,
- attending professional meetings
- We provide assessment support and supervision
- We provide staff training to help develop skills and understanding of
- alternative ways of working with children with complex needs
- We provide staff support
- We are a training facility and offer clinical and business development skills working closely with Anglia Ruskin University
- Practices are client-focused and bespoke
- We can work with in a variety of outcome models including CAMTESS, SDQ SRS and TME
A team within Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Music has provided music therapy services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough since 1995. In 2016 the service moved to Huntingdon and opened a specialist arts therapies clinic, offering drama and art therapy as well as music therapy. Since 2017 Cambridgeshire Music’s arts therapies services have been subsidised by generous funding from local and national charities including Cambridgeshire Culture Foundation, Dosoco, Dreamdrops, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Strangward Trust.
Who are the arts therapists?
- We are a team of 10 music and drama therapists
- We hold master’s degrees in our respective arts therapy practices
- We are HCPC registered and compliant
- Some therapists have additional qualifications in counselling, VIG,
- systemic practices and education
Who can access Arts Therapies?
- Arts therapies can be provided for all ages and abilities
- No prior experience of the art form is required as it is within the process of creativity and the therapeutic relationship that healing and growth can be fostered
- Referrals can be made by schools, organisations, families or individuals. We are happy to help you with each step of the referral process to find what is best suited to you. All arts therapies can be considered for inclusion in an EHC Plan.
- We work with individuals and organisations to access funding and aim to begin work within one month
Think you or someone you might know would benefit from an Arts Therapy or would like some more information? Please contact Orla Casey (Head of Arts Therapies Service).