If you wish to apply for any course you need to attend a Taster Day / Application Day (or a Taster Evening). Upcoming dates for these events are listed below. 

What is a Taster Day / Application Day (or Taster Evening)?

A Taster Day / Application Day, or a Taster Evening, provides an essential part of the application process and a crucial introduction to all courses at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). They form an integral part of the interview process.

What happens?

The Taster Day / Application Day, or a Taster Evening, is tailor-made in such a way to allow for tutors to begin to build a relationship with you and for you to start the process of using the Arts as a Psychotherapeutic tool, across all levels.

To begin with there is an audio- visual presentation, introducing you to the clinical techniques, theory and practice covered on the courses at the Institute and illustrated by moving and emotionally powerful case studies.  This is followed by participation in 2 integrative Arts workshops utilising the 7 different art forms we study. The day is concluded by group interviews at the end of the day which will explore psychological themes and invite personal reflection on life events 

How long does it last?

Taster Day / Application Day: London runs from 9:00am (registration) to 5:15pm approx including the group interview - dates below

Taster Evening: London includes just one integrative arts workshop; Taster Evening lasts from 6:00pm (registration) to 9:00pm - currently no upcoming dates

Taster Day / Application Day: Cardiff (for Trauma Informed Schools course only) runs from 9:00am to 1:30pm - currently no upcoming dates

What is the cost?

The fee for the Taster Day is £83.00 (including lunch & refreshments)

The fee for the Taster Evening is £50.00 (including refreshments)

The fee for the Taster Day Cardiff (for Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools only) is £48.00 (including lunch)

What happens once I have booked?

Upon receipt of successful payment you will receive a Taster Day information pack which contains information about the day, including arrival times and venue details.

Do I need to complete an Application Form?

Everyone wishing to apply for a course will need to have completed and submitted an IATE Application Form prior to the group interview (there isn't much time during the day so completion of the form beforehand is recommended). Please ensure to affix a passport photo. You can download an application form from the link below, there is also one in the Taster Day / Application Day information pack we send you.

pdfDownload Application Form

Please hand your completed application form to the registration staff at the start of the Taster Day / Evening.

If my application/interview is unsuccessful, will I receive feedback?

Unfortunately, as an educational non-profit making company, IATE does not have the resources to offer personalised feedback.

On some occasions, IATE may request that applicants do more personal work (eg: attending personal therapy) for a specific period before returning and reapplying.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

The Taster Day / Application Day and Taster Evening is non-refundable (unless the day is already full or cancelled). If you are unable to make your chosen date, you can transfer your Taster Day / Application Day once within the academic year. Please get in touch with the office, where someone will be happy to assist. 

Duty of care to applicants and students:

We ask you to note that therapy trainings and interviews for therapy training can be experienced at times as emotionally challenging. One of our duties of care to applicants and students is to ensure that psychological wellbeing is not put at risk by attending a training or interview day.  In light of this, sometimes an applicant or current student may be asked to attend a second interview and/or  at any stage of the admissions process to  provide appropriate written assurance from a medical or mental health professional. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any concerns about this.


Next Taster Day / Application Day(s):

London: Saturday, 25th May 2019 (9:00am - 5:15pm) - £83.00

London: Saturday, 22nd June 2019 (9:00am - 5:15pm) - £83.00

Book & Pay online now or telephone: 020 7704 2534.


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