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Blanka hubena senior lecturer in art psychotherapy

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Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Dan Hughes)
PG Dip Counselling Supervision (University of Plymouth Marjon)
MSc Art Psychotherapy (Queen’s University Belfast)
MA Fine Art (University of Ulster, Belfast)
BA Fine and Applied Art (University of Ulster, Belfast)


Blanka is a practising Art Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor.

Blanka has worked in the University since September 2010 (visiting lecturer, Pg Dip Counselling Children and Young People). She joined the University full time in January 2011 to establish and manage two counselling services; Primary Schools Counselling Project and Newport University Community Counselling Service (NUCCS). Since September 2013 she has been working full time as a Senior Lecturer and as an Academic Subject Manager in the academic subject area of Therapeutic Studies. Prior to joining University of South Wales, Blanka worked for a number of children and adult services, in both statutory and voluntary organisations. Blanka also works in private practice.


In the last few years Blanka contributed to the development of schools-based counselling services (Caerphilly County Borough Council; University of Wales, Newport) as well as the Newport Community Counselling Service, a research community counselling clinic providing counselling and therapy to those finding accessing MH services in community challenging (BME communities, travellers, gypsies, refugees and asylum seekers). These are now part of USW Therapy and other services delivered in the Helen Kegie Therapy Centre in City Campus.

She is the co-author of the National Curriculum for Counselling Young People 11-18 (BACP) and contributor to the Schools-based Counselling: Operating Toolkit (BACP/WG) on behalf of Arts therapies in Wales.

Currently, much of Blanka’s focus is on developing a strong professional profile of the Arts therapies in Wales through the Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum (WATAF), a representative body for Arts therapists living and/or working in Wales.

Peer reviewer for International Journal of Art Therapy (IJAT), formerly Inscape


Course Leader MA Art Psychotherapy
Senior Lecturer: MA Art Psychotherapy, MA Counselling Children and Young People, MA Music Therapy and MSc Play Therapy.
Academic Subject Manager, Therapeutic Studies (2017-18)


Hubena B. and Mulcahy J. (2019) Inter-professional Learning: Initial Observations of the Art Psychotherapy Tools Used in the Post-qualifying Postgraduate Training in Counselling Children and Young People. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. Published online 9.12.2019. Available at

Hubena B. (2017) Arts Therapies in Wales. Good Health Wales Symposium 2017. Presentation and Chair to Panel of Arts Therapists.

Hubena B. (2016) Arts Therapies and School Counselling. A chapter in Schools-based Counselling Operating Toolkit. BACP/WG: online. Updated chapter.

Mulcahy J., Hubena B (2015) National Curriculum for Counselling Young People 11-18 (BACP)

Spong, S, Hubena, B., Mulcahy, J., Spencer, L. (2013) Community-based counselling research: piloting a research / practice infrastructure to meet local needs. Poster presented at BACP Research Conference, Birmingham, May 11, 2013.

Spong, S. Mulcahy, J and Hubena, B. (2011) Community based counselling service: developing a research / practice infrastructure to meet local needs. Poster presented at the Community Engaged research in Wales Conference, Cardiff, November 2011

Hubena, B. (2011) Arts Therapies and School Counselling, School-based Counselling Operating Toolkit, BACP/WAG


Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum (WATAF) formerly All Wales Network Committee for Arts Therapies Professions (AWNCATP)
Art Therapy in Education Special Interest Group (ATE SIG, BAAT)
Art Therapy and Learning Disabilites Special Interest Group (ATLD SIG, BAAT)
Arts Therapies Practice Research Network (ATPRN)


Regional Coordinator for Wales, British Association of Art Therapists 2009 – 2012 (BAAT)
Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum (WATAF) Secretary (elected) 2013 – 2018
External Examiner, University of East London, Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy 2013-18


Clinical Supervision – Arts Therapies and arts based supervision for health and care professions
Standards of Proficiency – Art Psychotherapy
Counselling and therapy with children and young people – specialism in the Welsh context of School-based Counselling Services: National Strategy for Wales.

Blanka is available as a freelance trainer and offers training and consultancy in a range of topics relating to creative tools in clinical supervision, arts based research methods in practice, clinical supervision and ethical issues in therapy with young people and vulnerable adults, supervision of school based counsellors and community based counselling.

Blanka has a keen interest in mental health difficulties in adults, including depression, anxiety and attachment disorders (relational difficulties and disorders), parent-child dyadic work and chronic conditions affecting MH relating to physical health difficulties.

She is a Trained Trainer for Safeguarding to Level 3.


Clinical supervision of Arts Therapists
Clinical competence
Inter-professional learning and training in health and care sciences (particularly with focus on applying arts therapies skills in counselling practice and counselling skills to arts therapies professions).
Attachment and neuroscience
Arts in health and well-being (AiHWB)
School based counselling
Mental health needs of diverse populations (asylum seekers and refugees, BME communities, carers, travellers and gypsies)
Developing evaluation tools and measures for the use in counselling and therapy for specific populations – most recently for cancer patients in remission

Grants Awarded:

Beacon of Excellence (Primary Schools Counselling Project, December 2010 £88k, 2011 £88k, 2012 £50k)
Big Lottery People and Places (Newport University Community Counselling Service, 2012 – 2015 £499k)
Strategic Insight Partnership (with Tenovus, 2013 £2.5k)

Research Supervision:

MA Counselling
MA Art Psychotherapy

Research Degree Examiner Appointments:

External Examiner
University of East London
Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) 2013-2018

Areas of Expertise

Art Psychotherapy (across life span)
Clinical supervision – arts therapies, play therapy, counselling and psychotherapy (individual and group)
Arts based research
Creativity in therapy and education
C&YP mental health and inclusion
Adult mental health (chronic conditions)
trauma in early childhood and its impact on human development
trauma in adulthood
attachment difficulties and disorders



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