First Fortnight Centre For Creative Therapies
First Fortnight operates a Centre for Creative Therapies. We provide year-round, free Creative Therapies to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We currently offer art, music, and drama therapy. Our creative therapy is person centred and trauma informed. Our IACAT accredited therapists support children, adolescents and adults in building resilience, processing trauma, and developing positive coping techniques. We offer a supportive environment where a person can communicate and work through emotions using the creative medium as a vessel for emotional expression, interaction and change.
What is Creative Arts Therapy?
Creative arts therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses and utilises creative art forms, including art, music, drama, dance, and play. It is an evidence-based practice that engages in verbal and non-verbal communication through creative expression. A person does not need to be good at art, music, or drama to engage in creative therapies. All they need is a willingness to engage and explore. First Fortnight currently offer art, music
and drama therapy to children, adolescents and adults in Dublin and Meath with plans to expand over the next three years.
To learn more about Creative Arts Therapy, read this article by our Therapeutic Services Manager, Emily Iniekio.
CACTus: Children and Adolescent Creative Therapy Service
As well as our adult service, First Fortnight offers a specialised service to Children and Adolescents who are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This follows a successful pilot programme in 2021. Children and Adolescents are currently seen in our City Centre location and on an outreach basis. If you are a key worker, link worker, or anyone with responsibility for a child who fits our referral category, please feel free to contact us to learn more about our service.
The Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapies (IACAT) is the professional accreditation body for creative arts therapies in Irelands. IACAT regulates music, dance movement, drama and art therapists. IACAT strives to ensure that creative arts therapists working in Ireland are accredited allied health professionals that have completed the appropriate training in their modality, usually at Masters level.
IACAT ensure members adhere to a code of professional conduct and ethics IACAT also monitors professional standards, promotes research and represents its members.
All therapists working with the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies are registered with and active members of IACAT.
For more information see iacat.ie
If you have a question about the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies or would like to partner with us, please email our Therapeutic Services Manager, Emily on Emily[at]firstfortnight.ie.
Creative Therapy Service Referral Information. Please download the forms below and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org