CCCU launching new course for developing programmes

A new training course at Canterbury Christ Church University will help busy arts and health professionals run their own programmes.

Together, the university and Aesop Institute 2019 have created their own course to aid professionals in running successful ‘Arts in Health’ programmes.

The continuing professional development (CPD) programme is said to respond to demand from both Arts and Health Professionals for accredited, quality-assured arts in health training that can fit around busy work schedules.

This newly designed course will start with a three day residential in Folkestone in May 2019, with a two-day follow-up residential in September 2019.

“We clearly need many more health and arts professional experts linking in these two sectors”

Aesop’s Chief Executive and Founder, Tim Joss explained: “I was in the room when Matt Hancock spoke and asked him how to make the indispensable tool of the arts available to all. He started listing elements of the Aesop Institute curriculum.

“We clearly need many more health and arts professional experts linking in these two sectors. We need artistic quality and health improvement advancing hand in hand. And we need university accreditation to boost the status and quality of this important work.”

“It will give both arts and health professionals an opportunity to explore issues”

Professor Stephen Clift, Director of the Centre, was also overjoyed at the collaboration.

He said: “I am delighted that Canterbury Christ Church University is collaborating with Aesop in creating this innovative module in arts, health and wellbeing.

“It will give both arts and health professionals an opportunity to explore issues of direct relevance to their ongoing work and development in this field, and gain university accreditation.”

Researchers and experienced innovators in arts in health will provide current perspectives on developments in the field during the programme. From May to September, following the residential, Aesop Institute students will develop and deliver arts and health programmes, fully supported by the Aesop Institute team. A portfolio of work-based development activity on arts and health will be submitted for assessment in September 2019.”

The programme will cost £975 (per successful applicant) and those who complete it will be awarded academic credits at Level 4 through 7, dependent on their highest level of qualifications.

If you would like to apply to the CPD programme, please contact Sue Holmes at Canterbury Christ Church University, on her email address. sue.holmes@canterbury.ac.uk.

For more information about CPD, click here.

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Brittany Tijou-Smith

Brittany is a third year Multimedia Journalism student, her work has been featured on KentLive and KentOnline. Her filming work also won ‘Documentary of the Year 2018’ at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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