Group Voice Arts Therapy Training

Professional Diploma

Group Voice Arts Therapy Training (Professional Diploma)

The voice-arts therapy course offers a range of different participative activities that use the voice as a therapeutic and transformative art-form. There is a growing understanding of the positive impact that arts-based therapeutic sessions can have on health and wellbeing. There is also a growing body of research on the benefits of voicework and vocalising. By supplementing medicine and care, voice-arts can improve the health of people
who experience a range of different mental or physical health challenges. Creative voice-arts approaches can also be used in education and art-installations, community projects and more!

Participants may work on a beautiful piece of voice art for a project, workshop or performance or to understand and work through a difficult time in their life such as grief or a life transition for example.

A voice-arts therapist facilitates the session with a particular set of therapeutic and/or educational outcomes in mind. The group could be developing communication skills or improving mood state or memory, reducing anxiety or promoting relaxation to name a few.

A distance learning option is available for this course, please request our prospectus for more information.

This course is particularly beneficial for people working in (or wanting to work in) the following areas:

  • Education

  • The arts/drama

  • Mental health

  • Health Humanities

  • Complementary and mainstream healthcare

  • Personal development and self help

  • Spiritual health and development

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Sonic art/art installations

  • Community Arts or Health Projects

  • Work With

    Groups Only

  • Where?

    A blend of home study & 1 class-room based module held at University of Chichester Bognor Regis Campus, Upper Bognor Rd, Bognor Regis, PO21 1HR. A distance learning option is also available.

  • When?


  • Course Fees

    £860 Earlybird Course Fee
    £985 Full Course Fee
    Instalment Plan Available

  • Qualification

    Dip.GVAT (BAST)

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Course Contents

  • Explore the current research in the ‘arts for health’ field
  • The neuroscience and psychology of therapeutic voice-work and improvisation
  • Introducing the BAST Method of Voice-arts Therapy
  • Group dynamics – ‘the hats we wear’ and how to hold and facilitate a transformative and therapeutic space
  • Reflective practice – the 5Rs method of experiential processing – a way to understand ourselves more deeply
  • Explore different types of voice-scape and the psychology of voice-scaping
  • The therapeutic benefits of improvisation
  • How to choose the right voice-scape for an intended therapeutic outcome
  • Community research project – taking your work into the community to further the body of research
  • The therapeutic potential of the voice
  • Exercises to develop the voice and uncover hidden vocal potential using fun, creative and interactive games and exercises
  • Tone Poems are a modern-day representation of the ancient practice of sharing language – we will discuss the therapeutic application of tone poems
  • The graphic score as a creative process – where art and voice collide in a dynamic and creative way!
  • Discover the important role that the ‘shape’ of a composition plays in affecting mind, body and emotions and for different therapeutic outcomes
  • Develop your skills and immerse yourself in therapeutic voice-work

Foundation Module

  • An online course to take before the virtual classroom
  • Explore current research in the arts for health field, sound psychology and neuroscience to support how and why the voice can be so effective at improving health and wellbeing
  • Quizzes and interactive exercises help you check your understanding and deepen your knowledge

Virtual Classroom

  • Unpack the BAST Method of Voice-arts Therapy in more depth in the comfort of your home
  • Take part in experiential exercises and small group sessions
  • Put a tone poem together in small group sessions
    Understand more about the transformative nature of the voice Discuss the therapeutic application techniques in more depth
  • Put a voicescape together virtually

9.30am – 2pm plus 1-2 hours in the afternoon/evening in your own time

Coursework & Home Study with your voice 2021

  • Embark on a wonderful journey with your voice
  • Articles, quizzes, coursework exercises and training videos deepen your learning
  • Coursework is estimated to take between 2 – 3 hours a week
  • Practise different types of session and explore the therapeutic potential of the techniques

In-class Intensive

  • Put together what you’ve learned with your peers
  • Get in-class support from the tutor team
  • Gain confidence and experience with your voice
  • Work on graphic scores, vocal improvisation and voicescapes in dynamic practical sessions

Day 1: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Day 2: 9.30am – 6pm

Case Studies & Research Project

  • Take 6 – 9 months to complete your case studies
  • Gain valuable experience whilst being supported by BAST
  • Choose a subject to research in more depth with your peer group.
  • Past research groups have explored chronic pain, anxiety and mood state for example. Use your findings to further your work/business and create opportunities


  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Professional Diploma in Group Voice Arts Therapy
  • You can achieve a ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’


Earlybird Course Fee: TBC

Full Course Fee: TBC

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