Julliet King, course leader for MA Art Psychotherapy, is a practising art psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.
What is your professional background?
Having completed a BSc in Psychology at Newcastle University and a Masters in Textile Design at University College, Falmouth, I undertook the Masters in Art Psychotherapy at Leeds Metropolitan University, Sheffield. Here I was able to introduce the discipline to the Paediatric Psychology department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
I have worked for the Teenage Cancer Trust and other physical health charities implementing new programmes of short term directed art therapy. Being able to help patients and their families explore the unconscious processes and biopsychosocial elements that impact physical health has continued to a passion of mine.
I have written articles about art therapy and pain management and am a regular contributor to Pain News magazine.
In addition, I have worked in the private sector for a children’s sexual trauma service, worked as a clinical supervisor and guest lectured on other MA Art Psychotherapy courses.
What do you bring to the Art Psychotherapy course?
It is the range of professional experiences, including clinical work within the NHS, private sector and charities, as well as a sound knowledge of current ethical and professional art psychotherapy practice, that gives me a firm grounding for the role of course leader at the University of South Wales.
I am passionate about promoting the role of Art Psychotherapy in Wales by serving as the chairperson for Welsh Art Therapies Advisory Forum (WATAF) and being active in healthcare forums and cognate groups.