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Digital Subscriptions > Mental Health Nursing > Apr/May 2019 > Art therapy and the role of the BAAT

Art therapy and the role of the BAAT

Val Huet @ValHuet1

Art therapy in the UK is a small, dynamic profession focused on art-based, client-centred psychotherapeutic work.

The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) is the professional body for art therapists and defines art therapy as ‘a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication’.

Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address confusing and distressing emotional issues.

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This special themed edition of Mental Health Nursing is on art and therapy in mental health. It includes: - Articles on the history and use of art therapy in modern practice - Service user views - Reflections on using arts therapies - Part one of a comic series on suicide prevention - Student perspective - Interview with a head arts therapist