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WHAT? campaign highlights how statutory regulation of Arts Therapists protects service users

15/04/2015 - 09:46

WHAT? campaign highlights how statutory regulation of Arts Therapists protects service users

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a new campaign to promote the statutory regulation of Arts Therapists amongst employers.

The Why Hire an Arts Therapist? (WHAT?) campaign will promote the fact that Arts Therapists are a regulated profession and will also raise awareness of the legally protected titles of Art Therapist, Art Psychotherapist, Dramatherapist and Music Therapist. Anyone using one of these titles is required to meet HCPC standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health.

It will target organisations which employ the services of Arts Therapists, such as the NHS; private health organisations; social services; the prison service; charities; and Local Education Authorities.

An art, music or drama therapist encourages people to express their feelings and emotions through art, such as painting and drawing, music or drama. Many individual’s lives have been transformed through Arts Therapy.

Take young carer Louis for example. Aged 7, he had been suffering nightmares following a serious accident, and exhibited high levels of anxiety demonstrated by obsessive behaviour, sleeplessness and increased worry about everyday activities. Art Therapy helped Louis find peace and stopped his nightmares.

Jonathan Jones, HCPC’s Stakeholder Communications Manager said: “We have launched the WHAT? campaign in response to concerns highlighted by Arts Therapists about the apparent lack of awareness of their regulated profession. We’re working in partnership with the professional bodies to raise the profile of Arts Therapists by highlighting the benefits of using a HCPC registered professional and their work in improving the lives of service users.”

The campaign has been developed in collaboration with the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), the British Association for Dramatherapists (BADth) and the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT).

For more information about the campaign and more case studies visit or search #WHAT? on Twitter and Facebook.

For further press information and case studies about the campaign please contact Rebekah Tailor or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email

Notes to editors

1.The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

2.The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see

Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

3.The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

4.To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search The Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.

5.For more information about the professional bodies for Arts Therapists, visit the websites:

British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT):
British Association for Dramatherapists (BADth):
British Association for Music Therapy:

Rebekah Tailor
(0)20 7840 9806

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