BA Fine Arts (Sculpture), Diploma Group Psychotherapy, MA Art Therapy, MA Organisational Consultancy, PhD in Psychology

Val trained in sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and qualified as an Art Therapist in 1986. She introduced art therapy to community mental health services and went on to head an arts therapies department at Springfield Hospital, London.  She later worked in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and taught on the art therapy training at Goldsmiths’ college for twelve years.  She is a qualified Group Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant.

Val is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the British Association of Art Therapists, a post she has held since 2003. She also works freelance as an organisational consultant and supervisor. She co-founded the Art Therapy Practice Research Network in 2000 and has been actively leading it since. Val has lectured internationally in France, Russia, Spain, Greece and Singapore.  Between 2004 and 2014, Val was the Chair of the Claremont project, an award-winning resource providing arts therapies, arts for health and wellbeing activities to older people. Val has been a board member of the London Arts in Health Forum since 2011. In 2015, Val completed a PhD on art therapy groups for work-related stress.  She has also published widely (see list of publications below).  Val’s art practice remains active and at present focusses on life drawing.

Val has been a passionate advocate of art therapy throughout her career and hopes that she can share her enthusiasm and passion for her profession through the Oxford College of Arts and Therapies courses.

Thanks to TellyJuice and the British Association of Arts Therapists for the following video which features Val talking about the profession of art therapy:


Huet. V. (1993). Art Therapy with Deaf People, Inscape Journal of Art Therapy, Summer 1993 , 3 -13.

Huet, V. (1997). Challenging Professional Confidence: Arts Therapies in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Inscape Journal of Art TherapyVol 2 (1), 14 – 19.

Huet, V. (1997). Ageing – Another Tyranny? Art Therapy with Older Women. in Hogan, S. 1997. (Ed.). Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy. London: Routledge

Skaife, S. & Huet, V. (Eds), (1998). Between Words and Pictures: Art Psychotherapy Groups. London: Routledge.

Huet. V. (2011). Art therapy-based organisational consultancy: A session at Tate Britain’, International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape, 16 (1), 3 -13.

Huet, V. (2012).  Creativity in a cold climate – Art therapy-based organisational consultancy within public healthcare’, International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape, 17 (1), 25 – 33

Huet, V, Springham, N. & Evans C. (2014). The History of the Art Therapy Practice Research Network. Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Journal, 14 (3), 174 – 180.

Holttum, S. & Huet, V. (2014). The MATISSE Trial – a critique: Does art therapy really have  nothing to offer people With a diagnosis of schizophrenia? SAGE Open 2014: 4. DOI: 10.1177/2158244014532930

Huet, V. (2015) Literature Review of Art therapy-based interventions for work-related stress (2015). Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape 20 (2),  66 – 76.

Huet, V. & Holttum, S. (2016) Art therapy-based groups for work-related stress with staff in health and social care: The Arts in Psychotherapy 50 (2016) 46–57

Huet, V.  & Holttum, S. (2016),. Art therapists with experience of mental distress: Implications for art therapy training and practice, International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17454832.2016.1219755

Published online: 14 Sep 2016.

Case study of an art therapy-based group for work-related stress with hospice staff. (2017) International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape. (in Press).