About The Project



Participant information

Version 2.0 (14/11/2016) 

I am a final year art psychotherapy student at the University of South Wales conducting a research project looking at the experiences of male art therapy trainees. The project seeks to identify issues that are important to this minority demographic that may currently be overlooked. Your participation in this project is an opportunity for you to express your personal views on a range of given themes, as well as an opportunity to contribute views on additional issues you feel are significant to training as a male art therapist.

You have been contacted because you fall into one of the following categories, you are:

  • a current art therapy trainee
  • a practicing art therapist who has qualified within the last five years (2011 – present)
  • an art therapy graduate who is not currently working in the field but who has qualified within the last five years (2011 – present)
  • an individual who has discontinued or suspended their art therapy training within the last five years (2011 – present)

Your participation in this study is voluntary, if you do not wish to take part you are not required to take any further action.

Data collection method

The study consists of two parts:

  • PART ONE: an interactive survey, in which you will be asked to arrange a number of statements (beliefs, opinions and arguments related to the theme of training as a male art therapist) along a grid according to how strongly you agree or disagree with them.
  • PART TWO: a supplementary questionnaire, in which you will be asked to expand on statements you strongly agree or disagree with. You will also have the opportunity to express your views on other issues that you feel are important to acknowledge regarding your training, as a man.


The findings of this research project will be used as part of my final year dissertation that may be made available to future students of the USW MA Art Psychotherapy programme. All participant data will be anonymised and used only for the purposes of this study. All unpublished data will be destroyed within six months of the submission of the dissertation project. You will be able to withdraw from the study at any point prior to the submission of this project (projected submission date: 05/04/2017).

Additional information

As participation in this study will necessarily involve reflecting on personal experiences, there is a possibility that issues arising from the process may cause you to experience emotional distress. You are advised to seek support from your support network, this may include a personal therapist, supervisor, or other professional affiliated with your training programme. Remember that your well-being is paramount and you are free to withdraw from the study without giving any reason, without consequence to yourself.

If you have any queries regarding the study please contact the MA Art Psychotherapy course leader Blanka Hubena, University of South Wales, blanka.hubena@southwales.ac.uk

This project has been approved under the University of South Wales, Newport research ethics procedure. The study will comply with the guidance of the BAAT Code of Ethics and Principles of Practice for Art Therapists’ codes of research governance.

Ben Gage, Trainee Art Psychotherapist, University of South Wales