Online Course
Healing Arts and Expressive Therapies in an Interdisciplinary Team
Tap into the healing power of creative arts and expressive therapies

1-1.5 hours





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Z Altug
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Ziya "Z" is a physical therapist specialising in lifestyle medicine

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Creative arts therapists use specific arts-based methods and creative processes to help individuals improve their physical, emotional, cognitive and social functioning. Creative arts and expressive therapies include drama therapy, play therapy, expressive writing, poetry therapy, dance therapy, art therapy and music therapy. As will be discussed in this course, collaboration between rehabilitation workers and creative arts therapists can have many benefits for individuals with complex health or rehabilitation needs.


This course aims to introduce creative art therapies and highlight the positive impact interprofessional collaboration can have on patient outcomes.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe seven creative arts and expressive therapies that can be used in rehabilitation
  • discuss the evidence-base for different types of creative arts and expressive therapies used in rehabilitation
  • identify specific games and techniques related to creative arts and expressive therapies that can be used in clinical practice
  • select which type of creative arts and expressive therapy may be most beneficial for a patient based on a case scenario

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Financial disclosure by Z Altug: I published the book, The Lifestyle Medicine Toolbox with Jessica Kingsley Publishers (London) on February 21, 2024.
No relevant non-financial relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course is not only helpful for me to learn about each technique of healing art and play therapies and how the clinician would adjust and apply them to their works. It also helps me reflect on how to use those therapies to heal myself. In certain circumstances and my professional tasks, such as drama therapy techniques, this course helps me develop positive attitudes and behaviours and expressive writing to improve resilience. The course is easy to follow, with simple but detailed visual and reading sessions.
Sathaphon Phoumarinno
Lao People's Democratic Republic