Since leaving the classroom five years ago to retrain as an Art Psychotherapist, Bethan has quickly gained in-depth expertise, experience and a growing reputation for supporting teachers and young people in all sorts of schools.
There are times, for a variety of reasons, where words simply are not enough, On these occasions, the thoughtful and professional application of Art Therapy approaches can be just what the doctor ordered to help build trust, respect and a line of communication with even our most vulnerable and hard-to-reach children.
Apart from her work with Independent Thinking, Bethan has supported young people and their families through organisations such as Sure Start, Priority Families, Cambian and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She has also completed a psychosocial project in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, working alongside teachers to support children who have experienced war, conflict and displacement.
Bethan can share with educational professionals the theory and practice of Art Psychotherapy and how this knowledge is translatable to staff working in a school setting. It also looks into how using creativity within education can improve both student and staff well-being and lead, in turn, to success in school and beyond.
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Feedback from recent events include:
" I just wanted to thank you for the workshop today. It was so interesting and we felt we have lots to take back to our classroom. I'm also looking forward to making some themed collages next time I go on holiday. This was by far the most fun workshop I've attended. Will recommend to others next year."
"Great workshops and facilitation. Enjoyed the activity and discussion as that made the explanations come alive and be real application. Thank you"
"Excellent workshop by a very knowledgeable lady"
"It was very helpful preparation at this stage in training to hear what Bethan had to say, her honesty and positivity were both helpful and inspiring"
"Very thought-provoking afternoon"
Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.