Mental Health


The MOST Comprehensive Course on Art Therapy for healing

(43 hrs) The Oxford Diploma in Therapeutic Art - look after yourself; look after others

3.90 (74 reviews)


47 hours


Jun 2021

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Entire course library + Leaning Path
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What you will learn


Brain changes

Making sense of shapes

Embodied cognition

Effectively viewing

Returning to the science

Therapeutic paintings

Art and the NHS

Changing the world

Bringing joy into your life

Art and Science

Art Therapy Exercises for the Elderly

Impact of Covid-19 - and the response

Children creativity and the coronavirus

Stress art and Covid 19

Having a positive impact on people


Note: This course does not qualify the recipient to perform any form of therapy or counseling for any other person

Notice: Please do NOT enrol on this course on impulse, thinking you might watch it later. Maybe show an interest on impulse, yes, but before you enrol, watch the Preview videos, read the Course Description and then make a decision. If you then enrol then please start the course as soon as possible. Watch the lectures, look at the workbooks and join in the discussions. Joining my courses is a serious business and I want you to get the most out of your study – but I also want you to enjoy the course. With that in mind, be warned that there are images of nakedness as part of the course such as the painting by Sandro Botticelli (Firenze 1445 - 1510) called the Birth of Venus. If you are offended by content that you can see in most public galleries museums etc. this may not be the course for you.

That is why I am asking that you only enrol because you really want to and that you start the course intending to make full use of all the resources.

You will be very welcome.


  • Brain changes and the impact of paintings

  • The activist section

  • Having a positive impact on people

  • Children creativity and the coronavirus

  • Stress art and Covid 19

  • Covid 19 and all it brings

  • Masks

  • Nature

  • Learning and Mind Maps

Stop press!

Brand new section featuring three artists and digital activism.

This unique course on therapeutic art (paintings) looks at three areas:

-   The impact on the brain of viewing art

-   Various paintings – some famous, some not – and their impact on you

-   Opportunities for you to create art

Why is this course unique?

It includes artwork that is nowhere else on the Internet – and this work is then analysed looking in particular at symbolism.

-   A clip from a film in which the Instructor appears is included as part of the course

This course is fully up to date as of November 2020. One hundred and fifty lectures covering the

-   Introduction

-   Brain changes

-   Making sense of shapes

-   Embodied cognition

-   Effectively viewing

-   Returning to the Science

-   Therapeutic paintings - Kadimali

-   Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies

-   The twilight of life

-   Venetian glass

-   Sorrow

-   At the Linen Closet

-   Meeting of cultures

-   Appreciation

-   The Agony in the Kitchen

-   Consumerism

-   Actually DIY

-   Art and the NHS

-   Emotions

-   Brexit

-   Changing the world

2020 workbooks

  • Coping with the 2020s

  • Bringing joy

  • Art Therapy at Christmas

  • Therapeutic Art workbook

  • Art therapy and Depression


The MOST Comprehensive Course on Art Therapy for healing
The MOST Comprehensive Course on Art Therapy for healing
The MOST Comprehensive Course on Art Therapy for healing
The MOST Comprehensive Course on Art Therapy for healing





Introduction (part 2)

Brain changes

Making sense of shapes

Making sense of shapes (part 2)

Embodied cognition

Effectively viewing

Returning to the Science

Therapeutic paintings - Kadimali

Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies

The Twilight of Life

Venetian Glass

Sorrow - pt 1

Sorrow - pt 2

Sorrow - pt 3

Sorrow - pt 4

Sorrow - pt 5

Sorrow - pt 6

Sorrow - pt 7

At the Linen Closet

At the Linen Closet (part 2)

Meeting of Cultures


The Agony in the Kitchen


Consumerism (part 2)

Actually DIY

Actually DIY (part 2)

Art and the NHS



Love, the journey

Changing the world


Deborah8 January 2021

This is a good course! The lectures are very pleasing to watch and they have so much content of value, and lots of extra things to learn or experience! The professor is very active and dedicated, and is great you can interact with him and with other students who are on a similar page. Wonderful course, wakes up the sensitivity that art provides through healing, it's motivating.

Elina31 October 2020

I like the way the instructor makes things easy for self-healing in life in the course, the exercises and lectures involve you in a fun way. The way you're healing through the process and it happens slowly and effectively.

Mayank29 July 2020

I don't know much about the topic but I really enjoyed the course because of the instrument ,he was very elaborative and engaging.

Nanako20 May 2020

This course so far has been inconsistent with its content - I was expecting lectures to be structured and taught academically. Surely the ideas discussed are important in modern society. However, I think the title of the course is misleading.

Natalia27 April 2020

I decided to partake in this course in particular, because I have struggled with my mental health for a while, Depression and Anxiety. Being able to do something I love (Art has always been something I love so being able to do this as a way of coping with my stresses and then being able to help others to was very appealing to me. So far im loving it and can't wait to learn more.

Geborah18 April 2020

This course was visually and educationally stimulating!! I loved the art, the videos and different perspectives. I really enjoyed Mr. Sivewright and his acting! :)

Detelina29 March 2020

The topic is absolutely new for me! I like the way it discloses. Along with a different kind of paintings and how they can balance energy in our body and mind.

Nima22 March 2020

Very exciting and challenging course. The skilled and hypnotic tone of the instructor is a great medium to enter to the presented works of art and speculate on their healing properties, on self and others. There is also good emphasis on the scientific and empirical evidence backing the claims of Art Therapy, specially in the beginning of the course. At times some lectures might seem out of tune with the general theme of the course but that's what makes the course contemporary and belonging to 2020s in my opinion. The course also come with a wealthy collection of homeworks and assignments which shows the thoughtfulness and the effort put in designing the curriculum.

Myriam20 March 2020

I am always trying to learn more about everything and i was able to collect a good amount of information for my notes. I will practice on a personal level with some of the activities thank you

Maria15 March 2020

An excellent course (but not easy) with an extraordinary teacher very interested in interacting with students and truly interested in the success of students as in a classroom course. I got to the end of the videos (I cheated, I know, but was very curious, sorry!!!), but I still haven't completed the course itself, because there are still workbook exercises (not easy at all ) to be done that I will take advantage of while I'm working at home, because of COVID19 and, whenever I need to, review the videos while working on the workbooks. And, thank you to Chris for the hard work too, because designing courses like this should not have been easy, I think. In fact, I still have one more course from Chris to take! Too much work, too much work!

Rebecca21 January 2020

This was a nice continuation after Art therapy courses. ı enjoyed the paintings that were presented and the lectures.

Sarah31 December 2019

This course is AMAZING. The instructor really knows his subject well and has an incredible ability to transfer that knowledge too. He has an almost magical ability to really support and motivate you into completing the course, I've never experienced this with any course I've taken before on any platform. The instructor is very quick to answer messages and to engage with you in discussions, this is a rare gem in the world of online courses. I feel valued as a learner and I can really feel the passion the instructor has for his subject. The certificate that you can gain at the end of this course is a very valuable and recognizable achievement. I think that this course is great value for money, whether you are taking it for pleasure or for career growth, I recommend it highly.

Ritu29 November 2019

What I like best is that this course explores various facets of human emotions and talks about various factors both internal and external which stir / arouse or impact these feelings. And, how the same artwork can invoke different feelings (which can be extremely therapeutic at various level) in different people depending on their state of mind at that given time. It's not only fascinating but extremely interesting to me. Thank you Chris for putting so many emotions, effort and thought behind every lecture.

Paul23 October 2019

This was an excellent course. I had a heart attack in 2005 and two strokes (2013 and 2014). I found this course very relaxing to watch and listen to. The tutor was very clear throughout the lectures with good explanation and diagrams. The video and sound quality throughout the course was excellent. Going into detail on certain topics, the bits I enjoyed the best from my point of view were the landscape elements and the explanations. I found them very relaxing to look at whereas I did not like the splash and drips painting elements. It did nothing for me. Probably I understand this the least. My opinion only. During one of my courses, I asked the tutor a general question in one of my other courses and he came back to me within 24 hours, which is excellent. Overall, I highly recommend this course to all of you and if the standard is the same with his other courses, I think you will thoroughly enjoy throughout. Whichever courses of Chris's that you enrol for, I think you will thoroughly enjoy as I did. Many thanks.

Darya23 October 2019

I love it Chris! I just started the course. Thank you so much for everything that you do and your contribution!!!


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