In 2016, Whitecliffe is offering the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Arts Therapy in Christchurch for the first time. This PG Dip is the first year of the newly re-structured three-year Postgraduate Master of Arts - Arts Therapy degree. The Christchurch Weekend Press recently reported, "Mental illness rates are soaring as Canterbury enters the 'most vulnerable point' in its post-earthquake recovery" (November 7-8, 2015). In the past three years, a 39% increase in adults and 60% increase in children and youth seeking mental health help has placed great strain on mental health services. And these rates are predicted to continue at the same levels or more likely increase over the coming years. Alongside this increase in the need for mental health support, there has been an increase in interest in the creative arts therapies as effective ways to address the ongoing trauma and stress of quake recovery. In response, Whitecliffe will be providing the initial year of our degree in Christchurch, making arts therapy study more accessible to both Cantabrians and others living in the South Island. Successful graduates of the PG Dip can then apply to do the two-year Master of Arts – Art Therapy programme, which is run in block intensives in Auckland. We already have a cohort of 14 South Island and Wellingtonian students enrolled for the 2016 programme, which will be run by Whitecliffe graduates Deborah Green and Bettina Evans, with additional guest lecturers from Auckland, Wellington, Gisborne and Christchurch.
For more information about the programme, please visit our Arts Therapy Programme page or contact Amanda Levey, HOD Arts Therapy - email@example.com