• MSc Art Psychotherapy at Ulster University.
    I am a member of the core teaching team (Senior Lecturer ret'd).
    (I am past Course Director of this MSc and I designed the course, evolving it from 2002 when I established and led Master's training in Art Therapy in NI in Queen's University.)
    • The MSc Art Psychotherapy has pioneered
      pluralistic art psychotherapy in the UK and Ireland. Originally designed in the late 1990's as the peace process was unfolding, the course is trauma-informed, drawing on relevant theory, research and good practice guidance. This draws on: vicarious trauma (Figley, 1995), ACEs (Felitti et al, 1998), PTSD, Troubles-related trauma, trauma-informed medicine (SAMHSA, 2001), trauma-informed schools etc. I mapped our pluralistic art psychotherapy curriculum to the Trauma-Informed Care principles (SAMHSA, 2014).

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Creative Supervision of Practice Across the Age Range (CPCAB Level 6);
    I co-teach and co-designed this course, which is trauma-informed and is mapped to the BACP Supervision competence framework.

  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (CPCAB Level 5);
    I co-teach and co-designed this course, which is trauma-informed and is mapped to the BACP Competence framework for work with children and young people (4-18 years).

  • Bespoke training workshops and seminars.

A core strand of practice is eco-practice, grounded in a belief in 


- promoting eco-creativity and a reciprocal caring relationship
 with and for the rest of Nature.

I have delivered numerous presentations and workshops on eco-practice, regenerative systems and related topics.

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offers significant experience teaching and designing training programmes at diverse levels on a variety of therapeutic topics.

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Theory building:

Emerging from my teaching, research and practice, I have generated, adapted and explored new theory and praxis concepts, including:
  • "pluralistic art psychotherapy" (Sibbett, 2014, 2016, 2019)
    - a mapping of pluralism and pluralistic practice theory (Cooper & McLeod, 2011, 2015; McLeod, 2018) and trauma-informed care to art psychotherapy and art therapy training. This is also mapped to Trauma-Informed Care principles (SAMSHA, 2014). (Sibbett, 2014, 2016, 2019)

  • "environ-mentalization"  (Sibbett, 2003, 2017)
    - an ability involved in the development of the ecological self; promoting empathy with the rest of nature and our shared  environment; thinking about the environment's experience of itself (Sibbett, 2003, 2017)
    . Adapted from Fonagy et al's (2002) concept of mentalization. 
  • "nettlesome knowledge" (Sibbett, 2007; Sibbett & Thompson, 2008)
     a form of difficult or troublesome knowledge that encompasses those
    “elements of knowledge that are deemed taboo in that they are defended against, repressed or ignored because if they were grasped they might ‘sting’ and thus evoke a feared intense emotional and embodied response” (Sibbett, 2007; Sibbett & Thompson, 2008, p.229).
    Nettlesome knowledge can make us shy away, wince, feel our stomach sink, curl our toes or fingers, etc. Therefore it can be avoided, or holders/communicators of it can be scapegoated or shunned. However, if grasped, "nettlesome knowledge" can act as a threshold concept or portal to new knowledge, learning and opportunity, offering a transformative experience
     (Sibbett, 2007).
  • liminality in cancer experience & art therapy (Sibbett, 2004, 2005) 
    - an adaptation of the anthropological theory of liminality to cancer experience and to art therapy experience. It is characterised by feelings of being in limbo, 'betwixt and between' and other components including: play, embodied experience, time/timelessness, absorption/flow, etc. (Sibbett, 2004, 2005)

  • "secondary liminality" (Sibbett, 2004, 2005) 
    - or "vicarious liminality", as experienced by psychotherapists / healthcare practitioners in working with clients experiencing liminality, such as when diagnosed with cancer or during life-threatening illness (Sibbett, 2004, 2005). It is characterised by feelings of being in limbo, 'betwixt and between', and a range of other elements. 

Fonagy, P., Gergely, G., Jurist, E.L. and Target, M. (2002) Affect regulation, mentalization and the development of the self. New York: Other Press.
Sibbett, C. (2003) Environ-mentalization and the development of the ecological self. Workshop and unpublished paper.
Sibbett, C. (2003) Environ-mentalization and the development of the ecological self. Lecture, MSc Art Therapy, Queen's University Belfast.
Sibbett, C. (2005) ‘Betwixt and Between’: Crossing Thresholds. Chapter 2. In: Waller, D. and Sibbett, C.H. (Eds) Art Therapy and Cancer Care. OUP.
Sibbett, C. and Thompson, W. (2008) Nettlesome Knowledge, Liminality and the Taboo In Cancer and Art Therapy Experiences. In: Threshold concepts within the disciplines.
Sibbett, C. (2016) Trauma Informed Pluralistic Art Psychotherapy. Training paper. Belfast: Kairos Consultancy.
Sibbett, C. (2017) eARTherapy. Keynote presentation, NIGAT Summer School.
Sibbett, C. (2019) Pluralistic Art Psychotherapy: Valuing Diverse Lenses. Pluralistic Practice.

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