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Dr Dominik Havsteen-Franklin

Dr Dominik Havsteen-Franklin
Professor - Practice Arts Therapy


Dominik Havsteen-Franklin is a Professor of Practice (Arts Therapies) at Brunel University, with a Ph.D. in Art Psychotherapy and Metaphor. He is also head of the International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training (ICAPT) for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Vice President for the European Federation of Art Therapy and a member of the Council for the British Association of Art Therapists. His research focuses on applying empirical methods to investigating and evaluating the use of arts to facilitate changes in health conditions. His recent research has centred on co-designing and investigating Arts-based Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (ADIT) for depression, Creative and Resilience Engagement (CaRE) for frontline healthcare workers, developing arts-based psychosocial practice in South Africa, and is a co-applicant for an NIHR funded large scale RCT (ERA) investigating the effectiveness of arts therapies for heterogenous groups in mental health services. Dominik supervises PhD students from a range of arts disciplines. He also continues to work as a consultant, an art psychotherapist and a clinical supervisor for the National Health Service.  


PhD in psychoanalysis

MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development

Accredited Art Psychotherapist, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist, Mentalization Based Treatment Therapist


Brunel Arts and Humanities with Arts Therapies NHS Partnership

Newest selected publications

Havsteen-Franklin, D. and Swanepoel, M. (2021) 'Families and Collective Futures: Developing a Programme Logic Model for Arts-Based Psychosocial Practice with South African Rural Communities'. Frontiers in Psychology, 0 (in press). ISSN: 1664-1078 Open Access Link

Journal article

Havsteen-Franklin, D., Oley, M., Sellors, SJ. and Eagles, D. (2021) 'Drawing on Dialogues in Arts-Based Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (ADIT) for Complex Depression: A Complex Intervention Development Study Using the Medical Research Council (UK) Phased Guidance'. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. pp. 208 - 216. ISSN: 1664-1078 Open Access Link

Journal article

Carr, C., Feldtkeller, B., French, J., Havsteen-Franklin, D., Huet, V., Karkou, V., et al. (2021) 'What makes us the same? What makes us different? Development of a shared model and manual of group therapy practice across art therapy, dance movement therapy and music therapy within community mental health care'. Arts in Psychotherapy, 72. pp. 101747 - 101747. ISSN: 0197-4556

Journal article

Havsteen-Franklin, D., Tjasink, M., Kottler, JW., Grant, C. and Kumari, V. (2020) 'Arts-Based Interventions for Professionals in Caring Roles During and After Crisis: A Systematic Review of the Literature'. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 1664-1078 Open Access Link

Journal article

Odunlade, A., Rawcliffe, D., Acott, K., Rioga, M., Mosoeunyane, M. and Kemp, R. (Accepted) 'A Narrative Account of an Arts Psychotherapies Service Response to the COVID-19 crisis: Challenges and Recommendations', inLiving with Fear: Reflections on COVID-19. pp. 1 - 25.Open Access Link

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