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AUB Creative Futures Fest: Careers in Therapy


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This year’s Creative Futures Fest features industry experts from across a wide range of creative industries, including fashion, publishing, television and arts sectors.

If you're interested in finding out about careers helping others, our speakers have varied and fascinating backgrounds in Art therapy, Drama/Dance therapy and counselling. Many of them use the arts in a variety of ways in their day-to-day work with their clients. Sign up to find more about how you could use your degree and love of the arts to help others.


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An integrative approach to therapy, using visual arts, movement and yoga


Art for Wellbeing: Finding Access and Sustainable Futures


Careers in Art Therapy - British Association of Art Therapists


Careers in counselling


Using Creativity to support young people in the community

About the events

Speaker: Jessica Colacicco Tizzard

Jessica is an AUB Graduate and will talk about her career path to date, her work at the Stable School and give tips and advice for anyone interested in working within therapies using the arts.

Jessica works with children and adolescents who have underlying emotional difficulties impacting their mental health and well-being or who have experienced complex trauma. She is a psychotherapeutic counsellor specialising in the arts, with nine years’ experience working in educational and mental health settings.

Jessica works using a variety of creative interventions including visual arts, movement, music, sand play, yoga and mindfulness. Art expression can be a powerful modality for those who have experienced emotional trauma of any kind. It is a way to contain, explore and process powerful and confusing feelings.

Jessica studied at The Arts University Bournemouth, then completed her SCITT training to become a primary school teacher working in mainstream and SEN settings. Later she trained in integrative psychotherapy at The Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education.

Speaker: Hannah Aria

In this session Hannah will talk about her own career journey, her work as an artist and how she won Arts Council funding to run workshops to promote wellbeing. Hannah is also on the board of Unlimited. Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and International Audiences. They also provide advice and guidance for disabled artists.

Hannah is a member of The Ipswich Art Society and has exhibited extensively in the last two years. She brings beautiful mixed media pieces to life using 3D design and often resin-based media. She utilises her life experiences to engage in social action, which is often evidenced by the conceptual nature of her work.

She has exhibited her work widely both locally and at prestigious Art Fairs and at London’s Brick Lane Gallery. Last summer, Hannah was able to exhibit alongside her idol, Tracey Emin, at the Borders Exhibition (with Ipswich Arts Society) at Firstsite, Colchester. She also recently hosted a solo show at The Carousel Gallery, Framlingham.

In 2020, Hannah produced a series of 12 online Art For Wellbeing workshops for Arts La’Olam, and prior to the pandemic, was the Artist in Residence at Quay Place, Ipswich, with Suffolk Mind (2019-2020) and has experience of facilitating weekly workshops with a social justice agenda.

Speaker: Val Huet

Join Val from the British Association of Art Therapists to learn what art therapy is, what a day in the life of an art therapist looks like and the pathways you can take into the industry as a new graduate. Val will be giving some top tips about what experience you can be doing now to support your art therapy career later on. There will also be the opportunity to learn more about how the British Association of Art therapists can help you in your career.

Dr Val Huet trained in sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and qualified as an Art Therapist in 1986. She is also a qualified Group Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant.  Val worked in mental health services for adults, and children and adolescents.

Her practice is now with professionals and teams using art therapy for work-related stress, having completed a PhD on this topic in 2015. In 2003, she was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the British Association of Art Therapists.  She changed her role in October 2020 to be its Director of Research.  She lectures internationally and publishes regularly in peer reviewed journals. Her art practice focusses at present on life drawing and sculpture.

Speakers: Zita Collier and Sue Richards-Lloyd

In this session, Zita Collier and Sue Richards-Lloyd will talk about their careers to date and give tips and advice for anyone thinking of careers in counselling.

Speakers: Lucy Martin

In this session, Lucy will talk about how she empowers young people to express themselves and tell their stories through her role as a journalist for Headliners. Lucy will also explain what it is like working as a creative in the community.

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