Required skills, experience and competencies:

  • Training through an accredited Art/Music/Dance/Drama therapy program
  • Must have completed first year of training and must have had a prior arts therapy placement
  • Must be available to work on two half days Thursdays (PM) and Fridays (AM)
  • Accountability for ensuring that own practice meets minimum national standards and is compliant with professional Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.
  • Ability to practice in accordance with relevant legislation involving Safeguarding Adults and Children and the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Understanding of the importance of working within organizational policies and protocols.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Good IT skills that will enable competent use of the electronic record system.
  • Well organized, enthusiastic and self-motivated.
  • Trustworthy and reliable.
  • Understanding of the boundaries within the role.

Client Work:

Our clients present with a wide range of issues including (but not limited to) the effects of illness and treatment, family dynamics and communication, coping with loss and change, anxiety, depression and complicated grief. For this reason, all volunteer art therapists must have some prior arts therapy experience

The length of therapy is based on client need rather than strict adherence to rigid timescales. Clients can be seen for as long as they need to work with their illness or adjust sufficiently to their bereavement; however sessions cannot be extended into general therapy. The duration of the sessions is monitored and reviewed with the client and in supervision. We encourage an 8 session model with opportunities for extension of sessions based on client and therapeutic need. 

The Patient and Family Support Team support individual adults and children, couples, groups and families. 

Could you become a Volunteer Arts Therapist - trainee for Royal Trinity Hospice? All that we ask from you is a minimum commitment of 9-12 months. The number of clients seen and the duration of the placement will be mutually agreed.

What can we offer you?

  • An opportunity to develop new and existing skills and to enhance your understanding of the uniqueness of each person’s journey. 
  • An induction to Royal Trinity Hospice plus an induction to the Patient and Family Support team policies and procedures and an introduction to working with loss and grief.
  • Opportunities to attend Royal Trinity Hospice training programs
  • Supervision in-house by a qualified and experienced art psychotherapist, registered with appropriate governing body such as HCPC and BAAT.

Please note this role is subject to a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check, provided free of charge for volunteer by Royal Trinity Hospice.


Please complete the attached Application Form and return it via email along with your CV for the attention of: Letizia Perna-Forrest Head of Patient and Family Support.

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