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Master of Arts Art Psychotherapy Practice, Level 7, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Master of Arts Art Psychotherapy Practice
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Welcome to the Course

Welcome to your course in the School of Health and Community Studies. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.

The year ahead will contain successes, challenges, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academic staff and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.

The School has a broad range of disciplines in our Health Promotion, Nursing and Healthcare, Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, and Social and Community Studies groups. Our academic teams work collaboratively, drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and deliver internationally recognised, societally impactful research.

Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable, but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through module evaluations and surveys.

I wish you every success for this academic year.

Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

A sincere welcome to the Art Therapy Northern Programme; the course team for the MA Art Psychotherapy Practice are looking forward to working with you. Based in Sheffield, the course is built on a partnership between Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust, the education provider, and Leeds Beckett University, the awarding body.

This handbook provides you with information about your course, your responsibilities as a student, in addition to information about assessment and other regulatory issues. For a more detailed introduction to Leeds Beckett and information about all the facilities and services the University offers see the Leeds Beckett, Student Hub web site.

We aim to contribute to you becoming a qualified therapist who is able to demonstrate fundamental empathy and respect for service users, whilst offering valuable therapeutic work. Hopefully too, someone who can go on to providing evidence based research via sound practice experience to the profession in the future.

Your course team are committed to ensuring that you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the coming year. Your personal tutor and I are available to help with any questions regarding your learning support arrangements in 2020/21.

All the best for your future studies.

Jacqui McKoy-Lewens, Course Director

Art Therapy Northern Programme

Course-specific information

Art Therapy Northern Programme Introduction

The course will continue to provide Art therapy training throughout 2020/21 but has made changes to the usual face-to-face delivery in response to the Covid-19 guidelines, details of which are outlined below.

Leeds Beckett Introduction

This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. It provides an update to the information previously available in our online prospectus. You should read this document carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.

The University is informed by Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students.

Government and Public Health England guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the venue may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21. We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, onsite, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the University and the Art Therapy Northern Programme as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies.

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of onsite learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year. Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend onsite sessions.

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices.

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails.

In addition to the course specific information set out in this document and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants. The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve and is available at: University’s Covid-19 microsite.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our web site: Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process. It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that will form the contract between you and the University upon accepting an offer and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and onsite teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place onsite informed by Public Health England advice and guidance.

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any onsite delivery is provided in a subsequent section of this document entitled ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in a subsequent section of this document entitled ‘Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities’

Course Fees

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and onsite sessions. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost. The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-£800 depending on the device.

The University is developing a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider.

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.

Policies, Standards and Regulations

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances.

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.

Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements. Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement.

Inward Exchange study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.

Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status.

Specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff.

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, onsite, online, and digital content, teaching and learning.

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for semester 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching onsite throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded.

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available by the Art Therapy Northern Programme.

Students will be kept up to date with new information when this is available.

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place onsite for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online.

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so onsite delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours. However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat. The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services.

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/home

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook.

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance. The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook.

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook.

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course specific information

It is currently planned that lectures will be delivered online given the current restrictions placed on social distancing, but this will be reviewed at regular intervals. Alongside this, small seminar and/or experiential workshop groups will offer both online and in-class learning activities to contextualise and support the taught lectures and provide regular contact with peers and tutors.

Students will be attending onsite and/or online classes for the set number of hours and days as indicated in the module timetables for lectures and workshops with supporting learning resources made available online for students unable to attend onsite.

Access to a personal digital device to enable participation in digital and online learning, teaching and assessment is essential (see above for more details). Online delivery may use a variety of platforms including Skype for Business and MS Teams. Other platforms may be used for specific activities. Support is available from the University to enable you to use platforms or software that you are unfamiliar with; you can download Microsoft Office onto your device by logging into your Office 365 portal from the IT tab on MyBeckett and you can obtain IT Support here: https://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support. You will receive guidance on managing your independent study hours for each module undertaken.

Details of how students will be supported to engage with online content and assessment on the course will be covered at induction and detailed in your module handbooks. You will be guided to the support available to help with unfamiliar software or platforms for your modules. You will also be guided to our usual online Leeds Beckett resources, such as the Skills for Learning and the Library resources, and to the support provided by the Library Academic Support team. You will receive guidance on managing your independent study hours for each module undertaken.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

Jacqui McKoy-Lewens, Course Director, Jacqui.McKoy-Lewens@shsc.nhs.uk

All students are allocated a personal tutor who is the first point of contact for non-academic/module related pastoral support. It is expected that students will meet with their personal tutor a minimum of three times per year. Personal tutors use a variety of ways to arrange meetings with their students which may include tutor arranged appointments and student arranged appointments, online or face-to-face where appropriate and safe to do so.

Art Therapy Northern Programme
Course Administrator: Sue Turton, Sue.Turton@shsc.nhs.uk, 0114 226 4900

Sue’s phone is normally answered on weekday mornings; voicemail messages can be left at other times. Sue is the first point of contact for many student issues and she offers a great deal of support to the course community.

Leeds Beckett University
Course Administrator: Elaine Sadd, e.sadd@leedsbeckett.ac.uk


When elected, Course Representatives' details will be provided to students.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Kirsty Bower, Maria Kulas, Laurence Morris and Caroline Robinson.

Please contact them at: hcslibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

Jacqui McKoy-Lewens, Course Director also with responsibility for Dissertations, Jacqui.McKoy-Lewens@shsc.nhs.uk

Paula Rolston, with responsibility for placements (with Caroline Turner), Paula.Rolston@shsc.nhs.uk

Caroline Turner, with responsibility for placements (with Paula Rolston), Caroline.Turner@shsc.nhs.uk

Naomi Perry, with responsibility for Learning Group 1, Naomi.Perry@shsc.nhs.uk

Caroline Rhodes, with responsibility for Learning Group 2, Caroline.Rhodes@shsc.nhs.uk

Dr Chris Wood, with responsibility for Learning Group 3, Chris.Wood@shsc.nhs.uk

Session and associate staff can also initially be contacted via Sue Turton, Sue.Turton@shsc.nhs.uk

Academic and administrative staff use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Student IT Support Pages (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook).

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. Any changes to the timetable will be communicated to you as soon as possible and in the most appropriate way at the time. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you look regularly at your Leeds Beckett student emails, in Announcements on Leeds Beckett MyBeckett and the student notice board at Netherthorpe House, Sheffield.

For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Please make sure that you inform Sue Turton at Netherthorpe House and Elaine Sadd at Leeds Beckett University whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your University records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

Timetable Information

This course is scheduled using a semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on the Leeds Beckett website at: Academic Calendar

Module timetables are provided to students during induction week.

Course Overview

The aim of the MA Art Psychotherapy Practice is to provide the successful graduate the eligibility to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council as an Art Therapist/Art Psychotherapist. Once successfully registered you will be equipped to make a thoughtful contribution to the Art Therapy profession and if possible to research the field and do work towards supporting the understanding of the profession’s profile. Graduates are able make a useful contribution to the work of their employing organisations and their service users; to their communities; and to society in general.

At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
Professional autonomy and accountability (HCPC 2013)
Knowledge of professional relationships
Identification and assessment of health and social care needs
Formulation and delivery of plans and strategies for meeting health and social care needs
Critical evaluation of the impact of, or response to one’s own and others’ professional practice
The knowledge, understanding and the skills necessary to the fulfilment of professional responsibilities (HCPC 2013)

Assessment & Feedback

On this course modules are assessed by coursework, a dissertation and a portfolio. Placements are also assessed.

Please note the assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Coursework submission deadlines are provided in your assessment summary and in individual module handbooks.

Students with disabilities should contact Sue Turton, the onsite administrator, at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements for assessments and also the Leeds Beckett Disability Advice team.

Students with disabilities should contact Sue Turton the onsite administrator at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements for assessments and/or examinations.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should also contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible. We can only guarantee that assessments/exam adjustments can be put in place if students have contacted us by the deadline dates listed below:

Semester 1 – 30 October 2020
Semester 2 – 29 January 2021

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at
disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course.

Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations.

Extenuating circumstances should be discussed with a member of staff at Netherthorpe House where the student will be supported to complete the form for mitigation requests (see the Unforeseen problems with assessment section below).

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study or awards are available on the Results Online system: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online/

Results will appear on Results Online within five working days from the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator, Sue Turton.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your module leader or personal tutor for any clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

The course is designed to enable students to use and share the wide range of transferable skills from previous academic, life, and working experiences in order to become a registered art therapist/art psychotherapist. The course curriculum includes regular group and collaborative work which means students share their different practical, academic and research skills. Enquiry based learning and problem solving learning are necessarily a part of the training. They are promoted throughout the curriculum with: seminars; experiential workshops (often using art making); lectures; poster and topic presentations delivered by students; reflexive journals; written essays; literature review development and presentation; a dissertation; and a professional portfolio.

The research base for art therapy/art psychotherapy and other, relevant and related disciplines, and the students’ development of its use and application, is an integral part of the teaching and learning environment and is specifically supported in the seminars, lectures and in preparation for the written and presented assignments.

In keeping with the promotion of models of empowerment and consistent with the overall philosophy of the course is the belief that students, in the last analysis, must take a critical and self-reflective responsibility for their own development and learning, while being provided with a learning community to encourage and support such a process. Coursework is structured and designed to present opportunities for guided, peer and self-directed learning and assessment. Students are asked to make written self-assessments of their overall learning for each year of their course and these contribute to their exam and professional portfolios as well as to their developing awareness and understanding of academic assessment.

The further development of professional knowledge, competence and experience is supported by supervision groups within the course and by placement experiences of working alongside other professionals, having a client caseload and receiving supervision and/ or mentoring. Staff members help to guide student learning through contact with the placement providers and through the supervision groups. Placements are found and established by the course staff in a wide range of appropriate settings.

This information is correct for students progressing through the course within standard timescales. Students who are required to undertake repeat study may be taught alternate modules which meet the overall course learning outcomes. Details of module delivery will be provided in your timetable.

Level 7 Core Modules
Psychotherapeutic and Mental Health Theories for Art Therapy/ Art Psychotherapy, 20 credits
Studio Based Training Groups, Reflective Practice, and Workshops, 20 credits
Adapting Art Therapy/Art Psychotherapy practice for different contexts, 20 credits
Synthesis of Art, Psychotherapy and Practice, 20 credits
Dissertation, 60 credits
Clinical Placement and Supervision Groups, 40 credits

Level 7 delivery in 20/21 - full-time indicative - all modules are core
Year 1 - Semester 1 and 2
Psychotherapeutic and Mental Health Theories for Art Therapy/ Art Psychotherapy (20)
Studio Based Training Groups, Reflective Practice, and Workshops (20) continues in year 2
Adapting Art Therapy/Art Psychotherapy Practice for Different Contexts (20)
Clinical Placement and Supervision Groups (40) continues in year 2
Art Therapy Dissertation (60) continues in year 2
Year 2 - Semester 1 and 2
Synthesis of Art, Psychotherapy and Practice (20)
Studio Based Training Groups, Reflective Practice, and Workshops
Art Therapy Dissertation
Clinical Placement and Supervision Groups

Level 7 delivery in 20/21 - part-time indicative - all modules are core

Year 1 - Semester 1 and 2
Psychotherapeutic and Mental Health Theories for Art Therapy/ Art Psychotherapy (20)
Studio Based Training Groups, Reflective Practice, and Workshops (20) continues in year 2 and 3
Art Therapy Dissertation (60) continues in year 2 and 3
Year 2 - Semester 1 and 2
Adapting Art Therapy/Art Psychotherapy Practice for Different Contexts (20)
Studio Based Training Groups, Reflective Practice, and Workshops continues in year 3
Art Therapy Dissertation continues in year 3
Clinical Placement and Supervision Groups (40) continues in year 3
Year 3 - Semester 1 and 2
Synthesis of Art, Psychotherapy and Practice (20)
Studio Based Training Groups, Reflective Practice, and Workshops
Art Therapy Dissertation
Clinical Placement and Supervision Groups

A standard 20 credit module equates to 200 notional learning hours, comprising teaching, learning and assessment, placement activities and guided independent study. The course exceeds the usual notional hours for 180 credits due to placement hours requirements.

Overall Workload in hours Level 7
Teaching and Learning 377
Independent Study and Assessment 1100
Placement 715
Total 2192
Course teaching staff maintain their clinical practice alongside their teaching.

Attendance & Absence

Attendance Statement

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars, experiential workshops and at your placement is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your course administrator to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your personal tutor so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the
Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave).

If you intend applying for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence and in advance of any submission deadlines, where possible.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our
Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the
Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are considering withdrawal from your course you should speak to your personal tutor / academic advisor to discuss your reasons. If there is a problem, staff at your delivery provider or the University may be able to help. It may be possible to arrange suspension of studies from your course.

If you are considering withdrawing, permanently or temporarily, you must complete a withdrawal form, which you can obtain from the administrative staff at your delivery provider. This form must be submitted as soon as possible as withdrawals cannot normally be backdated. For further details see the Student Regulations.

International Students

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

HCPC’s current Covid-19 guidance for students can be found here: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/covid-19/advice/advice-for-students/

On successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council as an Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist.

Conduct: It is important to behave in a professional manner during your course. This includes the use of social media, communications with staff, students and placements areas, behaviour in the classroom or in online activities, and in negotiating difficulties or problems while on the course. The course team will monitor professionalism and address any concerns raised.

The HCPC provides the following information and guidance for students.

Guidance on conduct and ethics for students:
https://www.hcpc-uk.org/resources/guidance/guidance-on-conduct-and-ethics-for-students/

HCPC Standards that you must be aware of while undertaking this course:
https://www.hcpc-uk.org/education/learners/while-i-am-studying/how-hcpc-standards-apply-to-learners/

• Standards of conduct, performance and ethics

• Standards of education and training

• Standards of proficiency, arts therapists, https://www.hcpc-uk.org/standards/standards-of-proficiency/arts-therapists/

'In Year' Work Placement Information

Students take part in a placement organised by course staff consisting of a minimum of 100 days. This offers first-hand experience in providing art therapy for clients in a range of settings so students can achieve a good standard of proficiency. Placements are found and established by the course staff in a wide range of appropriate settings. Examples include community settings; schools (mainstream and special); forensic; care homes; work with refugees; work in particular communities, e.g. with people and young people on the streets of council estates, with people and young people in gypsy and traveller camps, and also people with particular cultural needs. Practice settings also include a range of NHS services, but the NHS is not the main source of placement.

Students are required to be in personal therapy with an appropriately qualified therapist throughout the taught periods of the course (see details in the Additional Placement Information section below and the appendix).

Please be aware that the Covid-19 response measures may impact on the arrangements for placement and other offsite activities and may lead to changes in what opportunities are available or the ability to undertake these. This may include the application of national travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures. The availability or type of placements with employers may be restricted. Students will be advised about any new information or required revisions to confirmed arrangements as soon as this information becomes available, in line with Public Health England guidance.

A minimum of 100 days

Normally placements are located as close to the student’s home base as possible but students should be prepared to travel for up to an hour from that base if necessary.

The course requires satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and you will be asked to complete the DBS form and provide relevant information and supporting documentation at the start of the course.

Absent from placement
You will need to inform your placement organisation if you are going to be absent and should prepare in advance by having their contact details safely stored. As part of your placement induction please familiarise yourself with the organisation’s Sickness Absence policy.

Personal therapy

‘What kind of Personal therapy is appropriate?’

Throughout the duration of the programme of study, the student must be in personal psychotherapy with a therapist for approx. 40 sessions. The student pays for this component of their training. The cost of being a member of a therapy group will be less than individual therapy. It would be important not to be in a group with fellow students, friends or colleagues.

Your personal therapist:
must not be involved in teaching on the course,
nor should they be the student’s placement supervisor.
should not work with more than 2 trainees from the course

Consequently, although the course team do not seek to know anything of the content of personal therapy, there are regular checks to confirm attendance and personal therapy forms should be completed. The return of these forms is the student's responsibility and students cannot pass this section of the course until all of their therapy forms have been returned.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

On successful completion of the course a graduate will have the ability to practice autonomously, safely, effectively and with good judgement, within legal and ethical boundaries, and to maintain that ability. The successful graduate should also have effective communication skills with awareness of the impact of culture, equality, poverty, and diversity on mental health. Other generic skills gained from the course include team-working, mental health practice and research, critical thinking and evaluation, presentation, independent learning.

Once successfully registered, graduates will be equipped to make a thoughtful contribution to the Art Therapy Profession and if possible to research the field and do work towards supporting the understanding of the profession’s profile. It is hoped that they will make a useful contribution to the work of their employing organisations and their service users, to their communities, and to society in general.

Students are encouraged to maintain an artist-identity through their personal art-making, and to engage in a wide variety of additional activities to enhance their studies with the Art Therapy Northern Programme. This might include extra training offered by placement providers or other learning opportunities.

The skills gained from successful completion of the course will be transferrable to many work-place situations and requirements, e.g., knowledge of professional relationships, team-working, use of research, critical thinking and evaluation, presentation, independent learning, professional autonomy and accountability.

There are opportunities for students to attend employment seminars and workshops to gain job-search, application and interview skills, and to think about resourceful ways of creating employment prospects.

Having built a portfolio of relevant placement work experience and gained a qualification that is a legal requirement for practice in the UK, you will be eligible to apply to register with the Health & Care Professions Council as an Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist. You will be able to work in a variety of settings, including the NHS, social services, mainstream schools, special schools and community organisations. Employment workshops in the final year of your course will help you develop and search for relevant work opportunities.

The HCPC protected titles for people qualifying with this course are both Art Therapist and Art Psychotherapist (the titles are interchangeable).

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on
studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Students with disabilities students should contact Sue Turton, the onsite administrator, at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements.

Support is also for disabled students is available from the Leeds Beckett Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the
registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the
Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the
Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

· In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area. These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.

· On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments. The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

· online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page

· by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)


They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s
YouTube channel.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.

OneDrive

OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Resources

There is a range of resources available to Netherthorpe House including three art studios/lecture spaces, art materials, student-use computers, and photocopier. Students also have access to Leeds Beckett’s online learning resources and the Library's online resources and the Offsite service.

Your Leeds Beckett student ID card and access to online services
Once you have enrolled on your course, a Leeds Beckett student ID card will be posted to your permanent address, which contains a username which will provide you with access to the Library website, MyBeckett and Skills for Learning. Your password will be emailed to you. It is recommended that you change your password to something more personal to you the first time you log in to MyBeckett. Please contact the Library for any password problems after you have received your log in details.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and nominated Student Representatives to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your course representative or directly with your personal tutor / academic advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about your course, you should initially follow the complaints procedure of your delivery provider.

If this does not resolve the matter, then you should make a formal complaint under the University's Student Complaints Procedure. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages.

General Information

Master of Arts Art Psychotherapy Practice

Postgraduate Diploma Studies of Wellbeing
Postgraduate Certificate Studies of Wellbeing

Leeds Beckett University

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Level 7 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 180 credit points at level 7 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England

Part-time delivery is over three years.

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (plus location of any work placement, if applicable).

In 2020/21, the course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and when possible, onsite sessions at Netherthorpe House. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning.

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page

• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page

• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment

The course follows to the University Academic Regulations except for the exceptions noted below.

Fitness to Practise: The course is authorised to use the University Fitness to Practise Policy. Students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times in line with the Policy. https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/policies/student/ups_fitness_to_practise_policy_procedure.pdf

Profession specific requirements are:
A curriculum designed to meet the HCPC standards of proficiency for arts therapists (2013) and the HCPC standards of education and training (2017) with adequate attendance requirements.
Combination of a series of art therapy/art psychotherapy training groups and studio workshops with HCPC registered art therapists.
A minimum of 100 days of placement with an experienced placement mentor.
Course based supervision groups provided by HCPC registered art therapists aimed at monitoring the students’ quality of practice and professional conduct on placement.
Throughout the duration of the taught period of the course, the student is required to be in personal therapy with an appropriately qualified therapist.

Attendance requirement
There is an attendance requirement of 80% for all taught and placement parts of the course. Non-attendance for any reason is reported to the Course Leader, normally via the Course Administrator. If a student’s non-attendance is sufficient to give cause for concern regarding the students’ fitness to practise this will then be managed through the Fitness to Practise Policy & Procedure.

Passing assessments
All assessments and all modules must be passed at 40% or a pass for pass/fail marking to achieve the award.

Achievement of the award
Master’s degrees are awarded for the attainment of a minimum of 180 credit points at HE level 7. The course has an exception to the Regulations noted above regarding passing all assessments for conferment of the award. The course does not allow for compensation of marks by the Board of Examiners.

Contained Awards
PG Diploma Studies of Wellbeing – students who do not attain the required credit points for the target award but who attain sufficient points for a PG Diploma, may be awarded a PG Diploma Studies of Wellbeing (120 level 7 credit points).
PG Certificate Studies of Wellbeing – students who do not attain the required credit points for the target award but who attain sufficient points for a PG Certificate, may be awarded a PG Certificate Studies of Wellbeing (60 level 7credit points).

These contained awards do not provide eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

Ms Michèle Wood, practitioner

Appendices

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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