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We currently regulate 16 health and care professions, click on each profession for more details:

Arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England, speech and language therapists.

Arts therapists

An Arts Therapist is a psychological therapist who has arts-based experience plus training in psychological interventions using drama, music or art as their primary mode of communication.

link Find out more about the key roles of an Arts Therapist here.

Why Hire an Arts Therapist? (WHAT?) campaign

The WHAT? campaign, launched in spring 2015, highlights the benefits of using a registered Arts Therapist to employers.

Targeting organisations such as the NHS, private health organisations, social services, the prison service, charities and Local Education Authorities, it aims to raise the profile of Arts Therapists by promoting the benefits of employing a HCPC registered professional and their work in transforming the lives of service users.

linkService user case studies

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Art Psychotherapist
Art Therapist
Music Therapist


Art Therapy
Drama Therapy
Music Therapy

Number of registrants: 4,230 (03/09/18)

Professional bodies:

British Association of Art Therapists

British Association of Dramatherapists

British Association for Music Therapy

Current renewal start date: 01 June 2016

Current renewal end date: 31 May 2018

Next renewal start date: 01 June 2018

Next renewal end date: 31 May 2020

Related Documents:

Arts therapist - Q and A
Adobe PDF Document 135kb

Standards of proficiency - Arts therapists
Adobe PDF Document 84kb

Arts therapist - Case studies
Adobe PDF Document 185kb

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