Art Therapy at Sinai School
Since September 2013, Sinai School has been delighted to be able to offer in house Art Therapy to children with emotional / behavioural difficulties.
What is Art Therapy?
According to the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) “Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. Clients who are referred to an art therapist need not have experience or skill in art. The art therapist is not primarily concerned with making an aesthetic or diagnostic assessment of the client’s image. The overall aim of its practitioners is to enable a client to change and grow on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment”.
How do children benefit from Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is usually a very effective way of working with children who may be going through a difficult time. This may be due to specific changes in the child’s life, for example, divorce, bereavement, trauma, bullying, arrival of a new sibling etc. What may be difficult to put into words, or even unknown in spoken language, can be expressed through the artwork.
Who are the Art Therapists that work at Sinai?
Sinai School have a close relationship with the University of Hertfordshire, who provide Sinai with MA Art Therapy students. In return, Mr Anders, A qualified Art Therapist and supervisor, supervises and mentors the students to ensure they provide effective and professional intervention.
What systems do we have in place to ensure good practice?
• Mr Anders interviews and takes references on MA students who want to work at Sinai.
• Prior to working with any children, the school runs a DBS check on every therapist.
• Prior to working with Children, each therapist spends two weeks, discreetly, observing Children in class and at break, so that they can ascertain how the child’s “issues” manifest at school.
• The Therapist then meets with the child’s form teacher to complete a “baseline” form which quantifies where the child’s form teacher feels they are at emotionally and behaviourally, prior to the therapeutic intervention.
• Following a couple of weeks of Therapy the therapist meets with the parent(s) of the child to complete a full developmental history, so that they have the “complete picture” of the child’s world. This meeting also provides parent(s) with an opportunity to ask any questions.
Mr Anders meets with every MA Student once a week for an hour Supervision.
Mr Anders then meets with his Supervisor every two weeks for Supervision.
How do we know if it works?
Sinai has created its own “baseline” forms which are completed by teachers prior to therapy and then completed again following the year’s intervention. From September 2013 until June 2014, eight out of nine children who received therapy had a significant improvement in their emotional well-being and behaviour at school.
Most significantly, we hope that you as a parent will see a positive change in your child!
All Art Therapists are members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) www.hcpc-uk.org which clearly states regulations about confidentiality. Whist the SENDCO, SLT and form teacher will be aware that a certain pupil is receiving therapy; any information discussed between the therapist and child or parent is strictly confidential and will only be passed on to parents / teachers with the child’s consent.
Should a child disclose any information which we feel puts them at risk, Mr Anders will immediately liaise with the child protection officer at school.
Any breach of confidentiality is taken extremely seriously.
If you feel that your child could benefit from Art Therapy please liaise with your child’s form teacher who will liaise with Mrs Petar the SENDCO at school.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and take place once a week at a fixed time. Therapists liaise with form teachers to try and agree upon a time which causes as least disruption as possible.
Should you require any further information on Art Therapy please look at the web site www.baat.org