Birmingham Centre For Arts Therapies
Who we are
The Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT) is an innovative charity, which was set up in 1993 to provide an accessible arts therapies service throughout the Midlands.
The centre is unique in that it brings together art, drama, music and dance movement therapy in one centre which can be accessed both here and in an outreach capacity.
BCAT provides a service to assess and facilitate arts therapies sessions. Arts therapists work with both children and adults who have a wide range of needs, such as those arising from emotional, behavioural or mental health problems and effects of stress and trauma.
Everyone has the ability to respond to the arts in many ways. Sometimes the arts provide a different perspective in which to respond to difficulties. BCAT allows people the chance to explore these difficulties, no matter what they may be, in a safe environment with a registered therapist who has been trained to offer support or encouragement.
BCAT provides an outreach service throughout the Midlands. This can take place in schools, prisons, hospitals, homes for the elderly, day centres for those with physical and sensory disabilities etc - anywhere in which a safe environment can be created for the individual.
BCAT serves as a resource centre and teaching establishment for the training, education and support of professionals and carers. BCAT Therapists have access to a comprehensive, post-qualification Staff Development programme, including regular professional supervision.